Legal Resources

Legal Resources

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Gale Encyclopedia of American Law
This comprehensive overview of American law covers today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, and important documents. Includes topics such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, physician-assisted suicide and more.

Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, 3rd ed.
Information on legal issues including historical background, important statutes and cases, profiles of various U.S. laws and regulations, and details of how laws and regulations vary from state to state.

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Bar Association of Frederick County
Helps you find a local attorney by area of practice.

COMAR: The Code of Maryland Regulations
Searchable online collection of Maryland State agency regulations.

Legal Services Directory
From Maryland's People's Law Library - the Directory lists agencies and organizations that serve low income residents.  Some services are also available for free to all residents and some services may be offered to residents with moderate income. 

Maryland’s People’s Law Library
Repository of law-related self help for state residents from the Maryland State Law Library

Maryland AskUsNow! chat service
Get live help from a law librarian 2-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays or send an email to the Maryland State Library with your legal questions.

A well-known publisher of legal books for the layperson, Nolo also runs this website featuring a “Nolopedia” of free information on legal topics, a directory of lawyers, and blogs, podcasts, and articles.

Official Circuit Court Domestic Relations Forms
Maryland’s Circuit Court Domestic Relations forms in fillable PDF format. Include divorce, child support, custody and visitation forms.

Self-Help Video Library
The Access to Justice Commission, in conjunction with the Administrative Office of the Courts, is producing a self-help video library for self-represented litigants. 

Information about US Congressional legislative activity, organized by the Library of Congress