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General Information

Several publishers publish books designed to aid the lay person in legal matters. The following materials are held in this library. Nolo Press also has a website which contains additional information at www.nolopress.com. Their plain English law centers contain an online law dictionary, legal encyclopedia, calculators, and information on how to research the law.

Self-Help Bibliography

  • 8 Ways to Avoid Probate, Mary Randolph (10th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 750 .Z9 R36 2014.
  • 101 Law Forms for Personal Use, Editors of Nolo (9th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 170 .L46 2013.
  • 1001 Legal Words You Need to Know, Jay M. Feinman ed. (Oxford Univ. Press 2003). Location:  Law Reference KF 156 .A113 2003.
  • The ABA Checklist for Family Heirs:  A Guide to Family History, Financial Plans and Final Wishes, Sally Balch Hurme (ABA Pub. 2011). Location:  Law Reference KF 750 .H87 2011.
  • The American Bar Association Guide to Wills and Estates: Everything You Need to Know about Wills, Estates, Trusts, and Taxes, American Bar Association (3d ed., ABA Pub. 2009). Location:  Law Reference KF 750 .Z9 A47 2009.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (Oceana’s Law for the Layperson Series), Margaret C. Jasper (2d ed., Oceana 2008). Location:  Law Reference KF 480 .Z9 J37 2008.
  • Arrested:  What to Do When Your Loved One's in Jail, Wes Denham (Chicago Review Press, 2010). Location:  Law Reference HV 8886 .U6 D46 2010.
  • Auto Claims without Attorneys:  A Guide to Settlement, Douglas C. Fitzpatrick (Courtney Publishing, 2001). Location: Law Reserve KF 1219 .Z9 F58 2001.
  • Avoid Employee Lawsuits:  Commonsense Tips for Responsible Management, Barbara Kate Repa (Nolo Press 1999). Location:  Law Reference KF 3464 .Z9 R373 1999.
  • Beat Your Ticket:  Go to Court & Win, David W. Brown (7th ed., Nolo Press 2012). Location:  Law Reference KF 2231 .B76 2013.
  • Becoming a U.S. Citizen:  A Guide to the Law, Exam, & Interview, Ilona Bray; updated by Robert A. Mautino (6th ed., Nolo Press 2012). Location:  Law Reference KF 4710 .Z9 B73 2012.
  • Building a Parenting Agreement that Works:  Child Custody Agreements Step by Step, Mimi Lyster Zemmelman (7th ed., Nolo Press 2010). Location:  Law Reference KF 547 .Z9 L97 2010.
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy:  Keep Your Property & Repay Debts Over Time, Stephen Elias & Kathleen Michon; updated by Patricia Dzikowski (12th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 1524.85 .E39 2014.
  • Checklist for Family Survivors:  A Guide to Practical and Legal Matters When Someone You Love Dies, Sally Balch Hurme (ABA 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 3827 .D4 H87 2014.
  • Cómo otorgar un poder legal para tomar las decisiones sobre el cuidado de su salud:  Una guía fácil de usar, junto con un formulario legal para todos los adultos, Asociación de Abogados de Los Estados Unidos, Comisión sobre la Ley y el Envejecimiento (2011). Location:  Law Reference KF 1347 .A65 A45 2011.
  • The Complete Bankruptcy Guide for Consumers and Small Businesses:  Everything You Need to Know Explained So You can Understand It, Sandy Baker (Atlantic Pub. Group 2011). Location:  Law Reference HG 3766 .B216 2011.
  • The Complete IEP Guide:  How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child, Lawrence M. Siegel (8th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 4209.3 .S57 2014.
  • Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements, Stephen Fishman (7th ed., Nolo Press 2011). Location:  Law Reference KF 898 .F576 2011.
  • The Copyright Handbook, Stephen Fishman (11th ed., Nolo Press 2011). Location:  Law Reference KF 2995 .F53 2011.
  • Credit Repair, Robin Leonard & Margaret Reiter (11th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference HG 3756 .U54 L46 2013.
  • Crime Victim's Guide to Justice, Mary L. Boland (Sphinx Pub. 1997). Location:  Law Reference KF 9763 .Z9 B65 1997.
  • The Criminal Law Handbook:  Know Your Rights, Survive the System, Paul Bergman & Sara J. Berman (13th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 9619.6 .B47 2013.
  • Dealing with Problem Employees:  A Legal Guide, Amy Delpo & Lisa Guerin (7th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 3457 .Z9 D45 2013.
  • Deeds for California Real Estate, Mary Randolph (8th ed., Nolo Press 2010). Location:  Law Reference KFC 170 .R35 2010.
  • Divorce:  Protect Yourself, Your Kids, and Your Future, Randall Kessler (ABA 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 535 .Z9 K47 2014.
  • Divorce without Court:  A Guide to Mediation & Collaborative Divorce, Katherine E. Stoner (3d ed., Nolo Press 2012). Location:  Law Reference KF 535 .Z9 S76 2012.
  • The Employer's Legal Handbook, Fred S. Steingold (11th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 3455 .S74 2013.
  • The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws, Lisa Guerin & Amy DelPo (4th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 3455 . G835 2013.
  • Estate Planning Basics, Denis Clifford (7th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 750 .Z9 C585 2013.
  • Every Dog's Legal Guide:  A Must-Have Book for Your Owner, Mary Randolph (7th ed., Nolo Press 2012). Location:  Law Reference KF 390.5 .D6 R36 2012.
  • Every Landlord’s Legal Guide, Marcia Stewart, Ralph Warner, & Janet Portman (12th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 590 .Z9 S74 2014.
  • Every Landlord’s Tax Deduction Guide, Stephen Fishman (10th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 6377 .Z9 E93 2014.
  • Every Tenant’s Legal Guide, Janet Portman & Marcia Stewart (7th ed., Nolo Press 2012). Location: Law Reference KF 590 .Z9 P67 2012.
  • Everybody’s Guide to Small Claims Court, Ralph Warner (15th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 8769 .W37 2014.
  • The Executor’s Guide:  Settling a Loved One’s Estate or Trust, Mary Randolph (6th ed., Nolo Pres 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 778 .Z9 R36 2014.
  • Fiancé & Marriage Visas:  A Couple’s Guide to U.S. Immigration, Ilona Bray, updated by Robert L. Herreria (7th ed., Nolo Press 2012). Location:  Law Reference KF 4819.85 .B73 2012.
  • The Financial Power of Attorney Workbook, Shae Irving (Mary Randolph ed., Nolo Press 2000). Location:  Law Reference KF 1347 .Z9 I78 2000.
  • Finding the Answers to Legal Questions, Virginia Tucker & Marc Lampson (Neal-Shuman Pub. 2010). Location:  Law Reference KF 240 .T83 2010.
  • The First-Time Landlord:  Your Guide to Renting Out a Single-Family Home, Janet Portman, Ilona Bray, & Marcia Stewart (2d ed., Nolo Press 2011). Location:  Law Reference HD 1394.5 .U6 F57 2011).
  • Getting Permission:  How to License & Clear Copyrighted Materials Online & Off, Richard Stim (5th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 3002 .S75 2013.
  • Giving Someone a Power of Attorney for Your Health Care:  A Guide with an Easy-to-Use, Legal Form for All Adults, ABA, Commission on Law & Aging (2011). Location:  Law Reference KF 1347 .A65 A45 2011.
  • Grandparents’ Rights, Traci Truly (3d ed., Sphinx Pub. 2001). Location:  Law Reference KF 547 .Z9 T78 2001.
  • How and When to be Your Own Lawyer:  A Step-by-Step Guide to Effectively Using Our Legal System, Robert W. Schachner with Marvin Quittner (2d ed., Berkeley Pub. Group, 2000). Location:  Law Reference KF 8841 .S32 2000.
  • How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Stephen Elias et al. (18th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 1524.85 .E4 2013.
  • How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation, Anthony Mancuso (11th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 1388 .M36 2013.
  • How to Get a Green Card, Ilona Bray & Loida Nicolas Lewis; updated by Loida Nicolas Lewis (11th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location: Law Reference KF 4840 .L49 2014.
  • How to Get Your Business on the Web, Fred Steingold (Nolo Press 2001). Location:  Law Reference KF 390.5 .C6 S74 2001.
  • How to Mediate Your Dispute, Peter Lovenheim (Nolo Press 1996). Location:  Law Reference KF 9084 .Z9 L68 1996.
  • How to Register Your Own Trademark, Mark Warda (3d ed., Sphinx Pub. 2000). Location:  Law Reference KF 3181 .Z9 W374 2000.
  • How to Survive and Prosper After a Financial Misfortune:  A Complete Guide to Your Legal Rights after Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Repossession, and Eviction, Tracy A. Carr (Atlantic Pub. Group 2011). Location:  Law Reference KF 1524.85 .C37 2011.
  • How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim, Joseph L. Matthews (8th ed., Nolo Press 2012). Location:  Law Reference KF 1257 .M38 2012.
  • The Inventor’s Notebook, Fred Grissom & David Pressman (5th ed., Nolo Press 2008). Location:  Law Reference KF 3120 .Z9 G75 2008.
  • IRAs, 401(k)s, & Other Retirement Plans:  Taking Your Money Out, Twila Slesnick & John C. Suttle (11th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 3510 .Z9 S55 2013.
  • Kids Law:  A Practical Guide to Juvenile Justice, John W. Biggers (Black Spring Books 2003). Location:  Law Reference KF 479 .B55 2002.
  • The Law of Adoption (Oceana’s Law for the Layperson Series), Margaret C. Jasper (Oceana 2008). Location:  Law Reference KF 545 .Z9 J374 2008.
  • The Lawsuit Survival Guide:  A Client’s Companion to Litigation, Joseph Matthews (Nolo Press 2001). Location:  Law Reference KF 8863 .M28 2001.
  • Leases & Rental Agreements, Marcia Stewart, Ralph Warner, & Janet Portman (10th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 590 .Z9 S744 2013.
  • The Legal Answer Book for Families, Emily Doskow & Marcia Stewart (2d ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 505 .Z9 D67 2014.
  • A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples, Frederick Hertz & Emily Doskow (17th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 539 .H47 2014.
  • Legal Guide for Military Families:  Everything You Need to Know about Family Law, Estate Planning, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (ABA 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 390 .M55 L43 2013.
  • Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business, Fred S. Steingold (13th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 1659 .S76 2013.
  • Legal Research:  How to Find and Understand the Law, Stephen Elias & the editors of Nolo (16th ed., Nolo Press 2012). Location:  Law Reference KF 240 .E35 2012.
  • Living Together:  A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples, Ralph Warner, Toni Ihara, & Frederick Hertz (15th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 538 .I35 2013.
  • Living Together:  Practical Legal Issues, Margaret C. Jasper (Oceana Publications, 2003). Location:  Law Reference KF 538 .Z9 J37 2003.
  • Make Your Own Living Trust, Denis Clifford (11th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 734 .C58 2013.
  • The Manager’s Legal Handbook, Amy DelPo & Lisa Guerin (7th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 3455 .D44 2014.
  • Music Law:  How to Run Your Band’s Business, Richard Stim (7th ed., Nolo Press 2012). Location:  Law Reference KF 390 .E57 S87 2012.
  • National Consumer Law Center Guide to Surviving Debt, Deanne Loonin, principal author (National Consumer Law Center, 2008). Location:  Law Reference KF 1040 .L66 2008.
  • Neighbor Law:  Fences, Trees, Boundaries & Noise, Emily Doskow & Lina Guillem (8th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 639 .J67 2014).
  • Neighbor vs. Neighbor:  Over 400 Informative and Outrageous Cases of Neighbor Disputes, Mark Ward (2d ed., Sphinx Pub. 1999). Location:  Law Reference KF 639 .Z9 W37 1999.
  • The New Bankruptcy: Will It Work for You? Stephen Elias (5th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 1524.6 .E43 2013.
  • Nolo’s Deposition Handbook, Paul Bergman & Albert J. Moore (5th ed., Nolo Press 2010). Location:  Law Reference KF 8900 .B44 2010.
  • Nolo’s Encyclopedia of Everday Law:  Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions, Shae Irving & Nolo Editors (9th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 387 .N65 2014.
  • Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support, Emily Doskow (Nolo 2011). Location:  Law Reference KF 547 .D67 2011.
  • Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce, Emily Doskow (5th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 535 .Z9 D67 2014.
  • Nolo’s Guide to Social Security Disability:  Getting & Keeping Your Benefits, David A. Morton III (7th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference HD 7105.25 .U6 M675 2014.
  • Nolo’s Patents for Beginners, David Pressman & Richard Stim (7th ed., Nolo Press 2012). Location:  Law Reference KF 3114.85 .P737 2012.
  • Nolo’s Quick LLC:  All You Need to Know About Limited Liability Companies, Anthony Mancuso (7th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 1380 . M363 2013.
  • Patent, Copyright & Trademark:  An Intellectual Property Desk Reference, Richard Stim (13th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 2980 .E44 2014.
  • Patent It Yourself:  Your Step-by-Step Guide to Filing at the U.S. Patent Office, David Pressman (16th ed., Nolo Press 2012). Location:  Law Reference KF 3144.85 .P74 2012.
  • Patent Searching Made Easy:  How to do Patent Searches on the Internet and in the Library, David Hitchcock (6th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Referemce T 210 .H58 2013).
  • Plan Your Estate, Denis Clifford (12th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 750 .Z9 C59 2014.
  • Power of Attorney Handbook, Edward A. Haman (3d ed., Sphinx Pub. 1998). Location:  Law Reference KF 1347 .Z9 H35 1998.
  • Quick & Legal Will Book, Denis Clifford (7th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 755 .C55 2014.
  • Renters’ Rights:  The Basics, Janet Portman & Marcia Stewart (7th ed., Nolo Press 2012). Location:  Law Reference KF 590 .Z9 P673 2012.
  • Represent Yourself in Court:  How to Prepare and Try a Winning Case, Paul Bergman & Sara J. Berman (8th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 8841 .B47 2013.
  • Sexual Harassment on the Job:  What It Is & How to Stop It, William Petrocelli & Barbara Kate Repa (4th ed., Nolo Press 1999). Location:  Law Reference KF 3467 .Z9 P47 1999.
  • The Small Business Start-Up Kit, Peri H. Pakroo (8th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 1659 .P35 2014.
  • Social Security, Medicare, and Government Pensions:  Get the Most Out of Your Retirement & Medical Benefits, Joseph L. Matthews (19th ed., 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 3650 .M37 2014.
  • Special Needs Trusts:  Protect Your Child’s Financial Future, Stephen Elias (Nolo Press 2005). Location:  Law Reference KF 480 .Z9 E435 2005.
  • Starting & Building a Nonprofit:  A Practical Guide, Peri H. Pakroo (5th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference HD 62.6 .P345 2013.
  • Take Control of Your Student Loan Debt, Robin Leonard & Deanne Loonin (3d ed., Nolo Press 2001). Location:  Law Reference LB 2337.4 .L46 2001.
  • Unmarried Parents’ Rights, Jacqueline D. Stanley (3d ed., Sphinx Pub. 2005). Location:  Law Reference KF 547 .Z9 S72 2005.
  • U.S. Immigration Made Easy, Ilona Bray (16th ed., Nolo Press 2013). Location:  Law Reference KF 4819.6 .B72 2013.
  • Winning Your Personal Injury Claim, Evan K. Aidman (2d ed., Sphinx Pub. 2001). Location:  Law Reference KF 1257 .Z9 A38 2001.
  • Working for Yourself:  Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants, Stephen Fishman (9th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 390 .I54 F57 2014.
  • Your Rights in the Workplace, Barbara Kate Repa (10th ed., Nolo Press 2014). Location:  Law Reference KF 3455 .Z9 R47 2014.

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