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Citizen's Legal Guide

This guide is intended as a resource for people doing their own legal research.

Common Legal Issues

1.  I need a form. 

The most common reseason someone visits Andruss Library with a legal question is that the court has said that they need to get a copy of a form.  Here are some resources for obtaining legal forms:

  • Some generic legal forms are available from the website of the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System: http://www.pacourts.us/forms/for-the-public
  • Some generic legal forms are available from the book 101 Law Forms for Personal Use Ref KF170 .L46
  • Some forms are available from the book Goodrich-Amram 2d procedural rules service, with forms : standard Pennsylvania practice Ref KFP530 .G6 1976. 
  • The James V. Brown Library in Williamsport subscribes to a database that lets you search for and print legal forms. You will need to travel to the James V. Brown Library in order to use the database, unless you live in Lycoming County (in which case you can get remote access).

 

2. I am having a landlord/tenant dispute. 

Here are some resources for researching landlord/tenant disputes:

 

3. I got a traffic ticket or had my license revoked.

Here are some resources dealing with traffic/driving legal issues:

 

4. I need information about obtaining custody.

Here are some resources that discuss divorce, obtaining custody, and guardianships:

 

5. I need information about care for an elderly person. 

Here are some resources that address the needs of older persons:

  • Guide to Legal Issues for Pennsylvania's Senior Citizens (Free online) from the Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Family Issues for Seniors from PA LawHelp.org (Free online)
  • Caregiver resource page from USA.gov (Free online)
  • Consumer Protection for the Elderly from USA.gov (Free online)
  • Nolo's encyclopedia of everyday law (Ebook--limited remoted access) has sections about conservatorships as well as estate planning, social security, and more

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