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  1. 1. Easy Legal Web Sites For Your Everyday Legal Questions
  2. 2. Easy Legal Portals <ul><li>Newton Free Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.newtonfreelibrary.net </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts QuickFind! – Law </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.mln.lib.ma.us/quickfind/law.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.lawlib.state.ma.us/ </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Click on Reference Tab
  4. 4. Click on QuickFind! Massachusetts Websites
  5. 5. From Massachusetts QuickFind! Under Law: Consumer Affairs
  6. 6. Minuteman Library Network Massachusetts QuickFind! <ul><li>Under Law find Consumer </li></ul><ul><li>Scroll down to Consumer Affairs </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Also click on Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General </li></ul>
  7. 7. 1. Consumer Affairs <ul><li>Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Automobile Lemon Laws </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do Not Call Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home Improvement Contractor Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find a Licensed Professional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer Protection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer Advisories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elders </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Massachusetts Consumer Affairs Consumer Legal Resources <ul><li>30 Day Demand Letter </li></ul><ul><li>Small Claims Court </li></ul><ul><li>Lemon Laws </li></ul><ul><li>How to File a Consumer Request for Arbitration </li></ul>
  9. 9. Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation <ul><li>Lemon Law Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Do Not Call Law </li></ul><ul><li>Identity Theft </li></ul><ul><li>Home Improvement Contractor Law </li></ul><ul><li>Resolve a Consumer Problem </li></ul><ul><li>Foreclosure Prevention Resources </li></ul>
  10. 10. Newton’s Reference Drop Down Menu
  11. 11. Browse Topics: Consumer, Government, Law, Primary Sources,
  12. 12. Scroll Law Topic for Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
  13. 14. Massachusetts and Federal Legal Forms on Trial Court Site <ul><li>Laws by Subject </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Homestead </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Declaration of Homestead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Declaration of Homestead – Elderly or Disabled </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Example: Consumer Protection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Massachusetts 30 Day Demand Letter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Trade Commission Complaint </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Find a Licensed Professional Trial Court Site <ul><li>Go to Law by Subject on left frame </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Law About </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Professional Licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Find a Licensed Professional </li></ul>
  15. 16. Trial Court Site Locate a Licensed Professional
  16. 17. Massachusetts Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Locate or Check a License or Locate a Licensed Professional – Mass.gov <ul><li>Click on Residents tab </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Consumer </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Occupational and Business Licenses </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Professional Licenses </li></ul><ul><li>Select a Profession, e.g. Plumbers and Gas Fitters, see right frame. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Find a Veterinarian in Newton (or your town) <ul><li>Click on Residents tab. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Consumer. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Occupational and Business Licenses. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on OCBAT tab. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Locate a Licensed Professional. </li></ul><ul><li>Select Veterinarian </li></ul><ul><li>Select Newton. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Find a Licensed Professional Need a Plumber? <ul><li>Consumer Affairs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check A Professional License – Find out if the plumber is licensed, if the license is current, and if there have been any disciplinary actions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click on Business Info </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Type of Business: Plumbing Firms, enter City </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal: Search by Name </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>File a Complaint Form </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 21. Division of Professional Licensure <ul><ul><li>Click on For Government tab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on Division of Professional Licensure Boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check a Professional’s License </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dentists and Dental Hygienists </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check a License </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Related State Agencies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Board of Registration in Medicine </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physician Profiles </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Locate a Professional </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 22. Massachusetts Law for Residents MassHealth Insurance <ul><li>www.mass.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Click on tab: Residents </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Health Care Reform </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Commonwealth Connector </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Mandated Health Insurance Law </li></ul>
  21. 23. Find a Dentist / File a Complaint <ul><li>Click on Occupational and Business Licenses </li></ul><ul><li>For Licensees tab displays License Types, Forms, Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Healthcare and Social Work </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Dentists and Dental Hygienists </li></ul>
  22. 24. Massachusetts Land Records
  23. 25. Property Values and Records <ul><li>Massachusetts Registry of Deeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.masslandrecords.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Newton Assessors Database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/ </li></ul></ul>
  24. 26. Newton’s Assessors Database
  25. 27. Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries Try Remote Resources <ul><li>Apply for a library card in person at any Trial Court Law Library and have remote access to: </li></ul><ul><li>Self-help books from Nolo Online </li></ul><ul><li>RetrieveLaw legal resources database </li></ul><ul><li>HeinOnline legal periodicals database </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the library to use Westlaw and Nexis databases. With your Trial Court Law Library card you may also borrow books. </li></ul>