Law | Legal Resources

Databases
  • Fastcase - This database is only available at the Pinellas Plaza Library
  • Find cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions.
  • Florida Legal Forms Library
    Find Florida specific and national legal forms including bankruptcy, divorce, employment, landlord, tenant, living wills, power of attorney, taxes, and more. Legal definitions and an attorney directory are also available.
  • Supreme Court Drama, Cases That Changed America (GVRL)
    Provides details on key events, people and outcomes of 150 major Supreme Court decisions that have had a significant impact on American society. (4 vols)
  • WestlawNext - This database is only available at the Pinellas Plaza Library
Access statutes, federal regulations, and federal and state case law.

Internet Resources
Courts
Florida Courts
Find high-profile cases, summary of pending cases, court opinions, and more.

Federal Courts

Find general information, opinions, term orders, argument calendar, schedules, court rules, bar admission
forms and instructions, case-handling guides, special notices, biographies of current and past justices.
Find rules & policies, judges, statistics, forms, fees, and more.

Find a Lawyer
Information and resources for practicing lawyers, law students, and consumers looking for a lawyer or legal assistance.
From the Florida Bar - allows you to search for a lawyer by practice area, name or browse by location.
Receive a referral to a lawyer based on client needs.
Free or low cost legal services to persons with low incomes.

Laws | Legislation

Florida
Federal
"GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all 3
branches of the Federal Government."
Find Administrative Law Guide, Beginner's Guide to Legal Research, Foreign and International Law
Guides, Guide to Federal Statutes, Guide to Secondary Legal Resources, and much more.
The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the
United States.
Contains the complete text of the U.S. Code from the Cornell Legal Information Institute.
Legal Aid
Find legal aid and pro bono programs for low income individuals. From the American Bar Association.
Find legal help for older Americans, domestic violence, persons with disabilities, breast cancer victims, military personal, and children. From the American Bar Association.
Nonprofit law firm serving 12 Florida counties. Provides legal assistance to low-income people.

Special Topics of Interest
Bankruptcy Law
Find bankruptcy laws, forms, rules, and resources.
From the Florida Bar. Find information on the types of bankruptcy for individuals, how to file a bankruptcy
petition, alternatives to bankruptcy, and more.
From the U.S. Trustee Program. Find approved credit counseling agencies, approved debtor education
providers, applications, and more.
Business Law
From the U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn about advertising & marketing law, employment &
labor law, finance law, online business law, privacy law, and more.
From the Florida Bar
From MyFlorida.com
From Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI). A public-private partnership serving as Florida's primary organization
devoted to statewide economic development.
Find small business assistance programs and financial
assistance.
From USA.gov. Find federal forms and applications, by agency name.

Consumer Law
From the Florida Attorney General. Search active investigations. From the Florida Attorney General. Find an A-Z resource guide, consumer alerts, how to protect
yourself from consumer fraud, and more.
From the American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging. Find self-help worksheets,
suggestions, and resources for health care advance planning.
Find consumer information from motor vehicle repair, identity thief, to travel scams.
Find consumer information about money & credit, homes & mortgages, privacy & identity, and much more.
From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Submit and view reports on unsafe products.

Copyright | Trademarks | Patents
Find information on copyright basics, laws and forms to obtain copyright.
Patent and trademark search, patent and trademark information for inventors, forms and online filing.

Criminal Law

Florida Statutes .... Chapter Ch.775-896.
Find information on how to qualify for an injunction for protection against domestic violence or an injunction
against repeat, dating, or sexual violence.

Disability | Mental Health Law
From the United States Department of Justice - American Disability Act law and regulations.
Statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida.
Disability Rights Florida is a not-for-profit corporation that has authority and responsibility under 8
federal grants.
Federal government website with information on education, emergency preparedness, employment, health,
housing, technology, and transportation.
Federal government website with information on help for veterans and their families, health insurance and
mental health services, clinical trials, and treatment locator.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership by developing and
influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an increase in the employment
of people with disabilities.

Elder | Senior Law
From the American Hospital Association. Find basic facts about advance directives.
From Florida Department of Elder Affairs. A consumer resource guide with information on caregiver &
consumer support, transportation, housing & property right, health insurance program, and more.
From the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging. Find self-help worksheets
and resources for health care advance planning.
From Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Find legal services in Florida for seniors.
From FloridaHealthFinder.gov. Find information about the 3 types of advance directives and which is
best.
From USA.gov. Find information about the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Older Americans
Act, the Social Security Act, and more.
Non-profit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults. Find
information on health care, social security, and more.

Family Law
From the Florida Bar. Find information about adoption laws and procedures and how to complete
an adoption in a safe way.
From the Florida Department of Revenue. Find Florida law on child support, a list of support amounts
based on the child's age and net income of the parents, Florida child support calculator.
From the Florida Department of Revenue. e-Services for child support.
From the Florida Bar. Find information about divorce in Florida and as it relates to property division,
alimony, child support, and more.
From the Florida State Courts. Find family law forms related to dissolution of marriage, step-parent
adoption, name change, judgement and orders, and more.\

Labor and Employment Law

From the State of Florida. Find information as it relates to child labor laws, disable employment, minimum
wage, and more.
Minimum wage laws for each of the 50 states.
From the United States Department of Labor. Find federal laws as it relates wages & hours, workplace
safety & health, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and more.

Landlord | Tenant Law
From the Florida Bar.
From the Division of Consumer Services. Information on oral and written rental agreements, deposit and
rent requirements, access to premises, and more.

Lemon Law
From the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
From the U.S. Better Business Bureau.
From the Florida Attorney General.

Privacy | Confidentially
From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Find information on the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).