Self-Help and Specialized Legal Pages

NOTE: The sites below contain extensive and helpful legal information, but none of the sites listed below can be used as substitutes for the personal advice that you may need from a lawyer.

Most have disclaimers stating that laws are constantly changing and that only a lawyer can provide specific advice on which you can depend.

Extensive legal information is found in the sites, and much of it is geared to the lay person, but personal advice from a lawyer may be necessary for any one doing legal research.

OnlineTennesse Justice
Provides free legal advice and counsel for low-income Tennesseans. Qualifying individuals can go on this website 3 times a year to work with an attorney on questions pertaining to civil law. The person will receive answers and ADVICE from an approved volunteer attorney.

There is no income requirement for this one. It is a HELPLINE which is answered by an attorney. The attorney will not give advice, but will give information referal to steer the client in the right direction.

Justice For All: A Tennessee Supreme Court Initiative
Information on this website is for people who cannot afford a lawyer and need legal help in civil cases (cases that do not have to do with a crime), like job loss, home foreclosure, or loss of health insurance. Website includes helpful videos and links.

The focus here is low income and rural populations. It is written at the 5th grade reading level. It covers only civil issues. This site is searchable by county.

HELP4TN can be accessed from a computer or a smart phone. It uses responsive technology, so no app is required on a smart phone. The look will differ, but the content will be the same. Key word searches work best using single words, not multiples. It is possible to search 2 key words linked with AND or OR (all caps), but a single word search is more successful.

The Article Pages contain VERY HELPFUL information on how to represent yourself in General Sessions Courtand the links to forms are good.

For Divorce Forms, go to TNCOURTS.GOV
Site includes legal forms, like divorce forms, publications, a self-help center, and links to bar associations in the state, and other legal resources.

Famous Trials 
Information on some of the most famous trials in history, including the Sacco-Vanzetti trial, the Loeb-Leopold trial, the Scottsboro Boys trial, and more.

Guide to Law Online
Prepared by the U.S. Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, this is an annotated compendium of Internet links to sources of information on the law. Most of the sites provide full-texts of laws, court decisions, and regulations, as well as commentaries from legal experts.

Internet Legal Resource Guide
A categorized index of more than 4000 select legal web sites. Links to law codes and court decisions, to sites containing information about law schools, to ones providing information about lawyers and law firms, to a legal forms archive, and to much more are found here.

Introduction to the United States Legal System 
IIP Digital presents basic information, the make-up of the United States Legal System and how the Legal System works.

FindLaw Lawyer Directory
This site features detailed profiles of U.S. attorneys.  It allows searching by either legal issue or location.  There is also a helpful article on how to choose and work with an attorney.

WWW Virtual Library – Law 
Legal information from a wide variety of sources is found here. You can browse by topic or kind of information you are looking for, or you can use the search box.

All Law – Forms – Key Sites
Links to sites containing all kinds of legal forms.

Findlaw for the Public
Many articles on a wide variety of legal topics, including finding and hiring lawyers, and resolving a dispute with a lawyer. Also, legal news, and links to many consumer resources.

FreeAdvice.Com is intended to offer the most useful, comprehensive, balanced legal information for the public. Over 100 areas of law are covered, including insurance law, business law, immigration law, employment law, and more areas. Its advisory board includes distinguished attorneys, law school deans and professors, consumer advocates, and former senior Government officials. 

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation 
A part of the Cornell School of Law’s legal Information Institute, this site offers information about legal citation, provides examples of legal citations, explains how to cite, offers list of abbreviations, and more.

ILRG Legal Forms Archive
This site offers a wide variety of legal forms, including buying and selling agreements, transfers and assignments, leases and tenancies, many different kinds of personal forms, and more. Many useful forms included, but please be sure to read the disclaimer done by the publishers of this page.

Legal Assistance for Older Americans 
This site, from the U.S. Administration on Aging, provides legal information for older Americans, directories, a Protecting the Rights of Older Americans fact sheet, and links to other legal assistance and elder law web sites.

Military Law and Legal Links 
A collection of links to both general and specific military legal sources, including court-martial procedures, Judge Advocate Generals offices, international law, military courts, military commissions and tribunals, and more.

Nolo Legal Encyclopedia
Much information is found here, in lay language, on different areas of the law, including Debt and Credit, Consumer Law, Tax Problems, Wills and Estate Planning, Spouses and Partners, and more.

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