Legal Research by Stephen Elias
How to Find & Understand the Law

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Legal Research: Take the law into your own hands

Do you have legal questions at home, at work, or as part of law-related course work? Legal Research provides everything you need, laying out easy-to-follow research methods that will help you find the right answers. Find out how to:

locate and understand statutes, regulations, and cases
make sure your research is 100% up to date
organize your research results into a memorandum of law for use at school, at work, or in court.

Completely updated for the 17th edition, Legal Research shows how to use the Web to find statutes, cases, background information, and answers to specific legal questions. Even more important, you’ll be guided to the most reliable and user-friendly sites, so you won’t drown in an information flood. Lots of examples and easy-to-understand instructions teach you how to use all the basic legal research tools, including:

Internet search engines
reliable free legal websites
legal encyclopedias, periodicals, and treatises
annotated legal codes and statutes
published reports of state and federal court cases
case digests and Shepard’s Citations
the best legal blogs
 

About Stephen Elias

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Until his death in late 2011, Stephen R. Elias was a practicing attorney, active Nolo author, and president of the National Bankruptcy Law Project. He was an important part of Nolo for more than 30 years, and was the author or coauthor of many Nolo books, including Bankruptcy for Small Business Owners. Other titles include Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future, How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, and Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law. He was also one of the original authors of Nolo's bestselling WillMaker software. Steve held a law degree from Hastings College of Law and practiced law in California, New York, and Vermont before joining Nolo in 1980. He was featured in such major media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Good Morning America, 20/20, Money Magazine, and more. The blog he began on bankruptcy and foreclosure law continues at Nolo's Bankruptcy & Foreclosure Blog. After receiving his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1985, Albin Renauer worked for various public-interest law firms in the bay area and as a staff attorney for Chief Justice Rose Bird of the California Supreme Court. He spent 17 years as an editor at Nolo, where he helped create numerous books and software programs, including the bestselling WillMaker. He also edited Law on the Net, the first online directory of legal resources and was the architect of Nolo’s Webby Award winning website during the dot-com boom. Currently, Albin is an independent web and database developer and Webby Award judge. His latest project is LegalConsumer.com, an online companion to his How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy designed to help debtors file for bankruptcy.
 
Published August 12, 2015 by NOLO. 376 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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