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a book, a gavel and a scale of justice
  • Access local, state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Find information about bankruptcy, consumer issues, taxation, landlord/tenant and foreclosure matters, workers compensation claims and more.
  • Discover the functions of various state and federal courts, where to get legal aid and aids for deciphering "legalese" including legal self-help guides.
Key Resources
Courts and Administrative Decisions
Federal and Multistate
Finding Legal Assistance
Michigan Governmental Agencies
Michigan Resources
Statutes and Regulations

Academic OneFile
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Recommended for: Colleges and Universities. Mostly full text. Academic OneFile is the premiere source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Wit... More
Common Legal Citations and Where to Find Them
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Use this chart to identify frequently cited Michigan and federal legal materials and find the resources from which to retrieve them. The websites listed either provide free access to the materials or... More
Gale LegalForms
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Video demonstration
Copies of actual forms and documents in Word format are provided to help users... More
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Recommended for: General user, professional. Some full text. Students, law school faculty and legal researchers will all find the legal publications they need in LegalTrac®. Drawing on a wide variety ... More
Michigan Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Act
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Information from the Michigan Attorney General on two key public acts affecting Michigan civic life More
Michigan Legal Help
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Created to help people handle simple civil legal problems without an attorney, this interactive website includes checklists, forms and articles about specific areas of law that assist users in prepari... More

MeLCat Suggestions
Find books on this topic through MeLCat, the statewide service that allows you to order books from hundreds of libraries and have them delivered to your closest participating library.
Criminal Law
Custody of Children
Debtor and Creditor
Domestic Relations
Estate Planning
Executors and Administrators
Grandparents' Rights
Landlord and Tenant
Parent and Child
Rental Housing
Representing yourself in legal matters (pro se representation)
Single Parents

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