Exercise Extreme Caution when using many of our free forms - or any legal material. While they may provide general ideas on format & content, validity requirements can and do vary greatly from state to state. Many MUST be Properly Modified for your own location and circumstances. (Hint: If in doubt it's usually safer to include unneeded clauses than to leave out necessary ones. . . . but it's even safer to consult a competent source or use current, state specific ones like ours mentioned below.) Also, we urge people (and lawyers too) to read our Relying On Legal Info FAQ.
This is the Library's 'wormhole in space' connected to some of the best online legal indexes we've found, as well as some search tools that you can use to find things we probably wouldn't know [or care] about in a million years. If you have any suggestions, please tell us.
And since you'll be leaving the Library, your trip might get a little rough... So if you end up back here feeling queasy, that's the bathroom over on the left. (Ralf and Randy are getting a little tired of mopping the floor - to put it mildly.)
LEGAL INDEX SITES
A few of the largest and most useful collections of links to law related resources
THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS' THOMAS Hmmmm... Has a gov't agency actually done something right?
WWW VIRTUAL LAW LIBRARY From Indiana U. Law School. They swear Dan Quail had nothing to do with it.
FINDLAW'S INDEX PAGE A GREAT site with tons of free legal stuff... despite $&*#!@ West now owning it.
THE WASHLAW WEB By the folks at Washburn U. Law School. Maybe the best Kansas export since ??
HEIROS GAMOS Giant index of legal sites, vendors, schools, orgs... But why's it named after a Greek sandwich?
LEGAL SEARCH TOOLS
These are search thig-a-ma-jigs of various sorts. They all run differently, so be sure to NOT read their directions. Otherwise, we'll miss all your wonderful questions that we love sooooo much... And if they drive you nuts no matter what you do -- Join the Club. Also, if you can't connect (some are very busy at various times) just try another one... Lastly, we guarantee that one or all these whatch-ma-doodles will find everything out there... Except What You're Looking For.
Helpful Hint: Don't get frustrated trying to find the answer to an important legal question. Do what our legal counsel, the highly respected Rinkle & Rinkle PC, Ltd, Inc, etc, does -- Make It Up!
LEGAL RESOURCE SEARCHES
SEARCHABLE U.S. CODE The House of Reprehensables finally does something useful.
FINDLAW'S LAWCRAWLER This system searches all sorts of law related resources.
* GOOGLE *
Our Current Favorite and the General Search Engine we Turn to First. Others include:
|Product||Searches the Web?||Searches Usenet Newsgroups?||Searches Other Sources?||Pros||Cons||Verdict|
|Yes||Yes||No||Fast; indexes words on millions of pages and in newsgroups.||Can be difficult to narrow searches.||No longer biggest & best, but very good.|
|Yes||No||No||Options let you restrict searches in various ways.||Limited Boolean search features.||Powerful with a good interface.|
|Yes||Yes||Yes||Web pages, Usenet, FAQs, addresses & more.||Uses unusual search expressions.||Good to search beyond the Web.|
|Yes||Yes||Yes||Conceptual search finds related ideas.||Difficult to narrow searches.||Good when not sure terms to search for.|
|Yes||No||Yes||Options helps speed searches & with misspellings.||Mainly finds keywords; limited Boolean searches.||Aging, but still useful.|
|Yes||No||No||Reverse searches find links to you.||Mainly keyword searchs; smaller than many.||Venerable site, but kinda retro.|
|Yes||No||No||Organized categories drill down to useful info.||Finds only keywords?||Good place to start a search.|
We suspect the above table was once stolen from Ziff-Davis' site at www.zdnet.com and modified.
Note: Despite the widespread rumors - undoubtedly spread by our many envious enemies - this page IS NOT sponsored by the Minions of Satan! We repeat. This page IS sponsored by the Minions of Satan. Heh, heh, heh...