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Last Updated: Jan 31, 2017 URL: http://libguides.law.widener.edu/paresources Print Guide RSS Updates

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Contact Information:

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
Free legal services for persons with HIV/AIDS

Lawyer Referral Service
County listings provided by the PA Bar Association.

Legal Aid of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Provides legal services for the low-income, victims of domestic violence and the elderly. A list of informative brocures can be found HERE

ABA Home Front
Legal Assistance in Pennsylvania for the military and their families. Provided by the American Bar Association.

MidPenn Legal Services
Provides legal services for the low-income and victims of domestic violence.  A list of informative brochures can be found HERE

Note: Widener's Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic only takes clients referred by MidPenn Legal Services.

North Penn Legal Services
Offering legal assistance to eligible clients in legal matters including: family law, domestic violence, elderly, and housing. Includes a comprehesive landlord-tenant handbook.

National Crime Victims Law Institute
Links from all 50 states that provide information and support for crime victims.


 

Statutory Law Research:

To find laws that may control your situation, you can visit a law library and consult the print versions of the federal or state laws; or, online versions of the laws can be accessed.

The official version of the Federal Code, the United State Code is found online HERE

Fdsys: Other legal and government documents can be obtained from the Federal Digital System maintained by the Government Printing Office:


Information on how to locate Federal legal information and documents are found HERE

Links to the Laws of Pennsylvania are found HERE

Links to laws from other states are found HERE

 

Online Resources

PALawHELP.org: Legal information and legal forms arranged by legal topic, including: child & family, health   care,  immigration, housing and employment:

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network: Non-profit entity responsible for the planning and coordination of legal aid programs throughout Pennsylvania:

PAprobono.net: Information and resources for pro bono attorneys, legal aid attorneys, public defenders and legal advocates:

ABA Home Front: Legal resources and information for veterans, members of the military, and their families.

 

Things to keep in mind:

Nine Things Pro Se Patrons Should Know
From an Oregon law librarian, but applicable to Pennsylvania.

Should I Represent Myself in Court?
Answers to some initial questions, from FindLaw by Thomson Reuters

 

Google Scholar For Legal Research:

 

Self-Help Legal Forms:

Adams County Self-Help Forms
Including divorce and child custody forms. Provided by the Adams County Bar Association and Family Law Committee.

Dauphin County Self-Help Center
Including divorce and child custody forms. Provided by the Dauphin County Law Library.

For other counties, forms are often located on the court's website or on the county prothonotary's website. A list of county court websites can be found on the left column HERE 

Child or Spousal Support Forms
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

Public Legal Forms
Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania

 

 

Case Law Research:

To find case law on a subject, there are a number of resources that can used. If you have a citation to a case already, you can go to a law library and find the case in a print reporter.  For example, the citation for Hiller v. Fausey, 904 A.2d 875 (2006) would be found in the Atlantic Second Reporter, volume 904 on page 875.

Cardiff Index to Legal Abreviations: This index contains the meaning of common legal abbreviations and is helpful in translating legal citations.


Google Scholar: This search engine can be used to find cases online, either by citation or key word searching. A video tutorial on how to use Google Scholar is available in the box to the left.




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