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Databases
  • Fastcase ~ This database is only available at the Pinellas Plaza Library
          Find cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions.
          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.
          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 three
          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 twelve 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 eight
          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 three 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.
           Information about OSHA's Law and Regulations.
 
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.
          From the Florida Bar

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


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