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The Library has legal information available in law books and on CD- ROMs. The major components that make up the law collection include: statutes, court decisions, agency regulations, legal encyclopedias and dictionaries, pro-se materials, form books, and tax guides. For more information, visit the Library's Legal Collection.

NEW JERSEY

  New Jersey State Legislature
An excellent web site from the New Jersey Legislature for locating New Jersey Statutes and bills pending in the Legislature. New Jersey Statutes, constitution, chapter laws, and bills are available in full text. This site lists all members of the Assembly and Senate and allows you to search for your legislator by town or district. The legislative calendar tracks the progress of legislation in Trenton including public hearings and committee meetings.

  New Jersey Judiciary
An important site for providing information on the New Jersey court system. This site includes a Legal Resource Room which answers frequently asked legal questions such as how to file claims, filing fees, steps involved in filing a complaint, how to prepare for trial, what happens in a trial, and how to file appeals. Information is provided on civil court, small claims, special civil part, criminal court, landlord/tenant, wills and probate, and how to collect a money judgment. Includes a link to the New Jersey Judiciary Ombudsman Program which provides a bridge between the courts and the community, to enhance public access and improve customer service. In the Judiciary, the ombudsman is a neutral staff person who answers questions, addresses concerns from the public and is responsible for enhancing customer service in the courts.

  New Jersey Law Network
A commercial web site which provides access to a wide variety of New Jersey law including legislation, court rules, court opinions, and administrative reports. Full text of the New Jersey Court Rules is provided. Contains links, legal citations and other useful information for current legal topics such as: consumer law, education law, family law, criminal law, environmental law, labor law and wills. Links are included to legal organizations, law schools and New Jersey law libraries.

  Law Library of Congress / State of New Jersey
Comprehensive site which allows you to search for the New Jersey Constitution and historical New Jersey documents including Charter Laws of New Jersey 1676. Links to New Jersey Supreme Court, Appellate Court, Court of Appeals, District Court and Administrative Court opinions are included.  Also included are links to New Jersey law schools, New Jersey Bar Association, New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey government offices, Executive Orders from the Governor, and laws of other states.  

  Legal Services of New Jersey
Includes information and links to many legal topics including: landlord-tenant, immigration, criminal, employment, consumer, schools and education, disabilities, civil rights, health care, and wills. Includes full text to their legal publications: Tenant's Rights in New Jersey: A Legal Handbook for New Jersey Tenants and Clearing Your Record: A 6-Step Guide to Expunging Criminal Records in New Jersey. It also has divorce information from Legal Services’ book Divorce in New Jersey: A Self-Help Guide. This guide will explain the divorce process, but the forms referred to here are available only in the print edition.

FEDERAL/STATE STATUTES/INTERNATIONAL

  Legal Information Institute
A very useful web site from Cornell Law School which has a wide variety of legal resources. Complete text of the U.S. Code by subject, title and popular name and access to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are provided. Historic landmark and recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions are included. Provides full text searching of every state statute in the United States and bills pending in the legislatures. This site also provides full text of the U.S. Constitution and constitutions and selected laws from foreign countries. Model and Uniform Acts, Interstate Compacts, treaties, conventions and other international agreements, and United Nations documents are also included. This site has an excellent search engine which helps you to find any relevant federal and state statutes, regulations, and court decisions on a particular legal topic.

  Thomas--U.S. Congress on the Internet
An excellent source for finding federal legislative information on the Internet. It is useful to find out the status of a particular bill in Congress. It provides full text of Congressional legislation. Searching can be done by subject and bill number. This site also includes a listing of Congressional members by state, district and committee. Complete summary of Congressional activities are included for the current week. Access is provided to the text of the Congressional Record and many historic documents. Includes full text of How Our Laws Are Made, a document which explains the complete legislative process in both the House and Senate.

  Project Vote Smart
This site tracks the performance of the President, Congress, governors and state legislators. It includes voting records of members of Congress, sources of campaign funding and performance evaluations by special interest groups. Enter your zip code and address and Project Vote Smart will tell you who your state and federal representatives are. It lists all elected state and federal officials with biographical and other detailed information. It includes results from candidates and elected officials who have taken Project Vote Smart's National Political Awareness Test which provides information on campaign issues. Search public statements of presidential candidates including speeches, issue statements, media interviews, television talk shows, and position papers.

Legal Forms

  Legal Forms by Thomson Gale
This is an online database that you can access with an Ocean County Library card through the library’s website. Thomson Gale Legal Forms includes a wide selection of New Jersey business, personal and litigation from U.S. Legal Forms Company. Selected federal forms are also included. Some of the more popular legal forms in this database include: real estate contracts, wills, power of attorney, landlord/tenant, divorce, automobile bill of sale and bankruptcy. The forms can be downloaded in Word or saved in several other formats. You will need an Ocean County Library card to access this database. This database is provided with funding from the Ocean County Library.

  Surrogate's Court of Ocean County
Many on-line legal forms are included here to handle estate matters. Some of these are: Refunding Bond & Release Form, Affidavit of Domicile, Renunciation of Administration, and Consent for Guardianship. This web site also includes information on wills and estates called A Planning Guide to the Probate Process. This guide covers the importance of having a will, what to do if a person dies without a will, probating the estate, and inheritance taxes.

  U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of New Jersey
All of the official bankruptcy forms are available on-line at this web site. Some of these forms include: voluntary petition form, to file for bankruptcy, proof of claim form, discharge of debtor form, and schedule forms. This web site also includes local forms used specifically for New Jersey bankruptcies. A simplified explanation of the bankruptcy process including the different types of bankruptcy and how to prepare a bankruptcy petition can be found in the on-line pamphlet, Bankruptcy Basics.

  New Jersey Judiciary / Representing Yourself in Court
Described in detail above under New Jersey links. This web site allows pro-se people to obtain on-line access to complaint forms for Small Claims and Special Civil Court. There is also a form where you can apply to the court to increase or decrease child support or alimony. Forms can be either filled in on your PC or downloaded and then filled in. Other legal forms such as the civil case information statement and appellate forms are also available at this site.

  ILRG Legal Forms Archive
The Internet Legal Resource Guide is one of the most comprehensive legal databases available. This site provides access to- forms, federal and state statutes and cases, law journals, legal associations, and law schools. The forms on this site include- basic legal agreements, bill of sale, quitclaim and warranty deeds, promissory notes, employment forms, leases, irrevocable and revocable living trust agreements, power of attorney, affidavits and many other business, personal and general forms.

Lawyers & Law Firms

  Martindale.com
This is the online version of the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which includes profiles of over one million lawyers and law firms in the United States and 160 countries. You can search by name, geographic location, practice area, firm size, and languages.

  Americas Largest 250 Law Firm's
This listing published by the prestigious National Law Journal provides links to the law firms’ web sites that are on the lists.

  New Jersey Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding New Jersey lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers is published as a special supplement in leading newspapers

  New York Area's Best Lawyers
New York Magazine’s guide to the best lawyers in the New York area covering 79 specialties of law. This list comes from The Best Lawyers in America guide.

OTHER RESOURCES

  nolo.com Self Help Law Center
Created by the publishing company Nolo Press who specializes in plain-English law books for non-lawyers. This site contains excerpts from many Nolo books. By searching in the site's "legal encyclopedia" you can find practical and easy to understand legal information on topics such as: wills and estate planning, employment law, bankruptcy, credit repair, landlord/tenant, real estate law, copyright and patent law, immigration law, power of attorney, small business, small claims court, divorce, custody and many other topics. Click on "Ask Auntie Nolo" to ask and get an answer to your specific legal question.

  Tenant's Rights in New Jersey: A Legal Handbook for New Jersey Tenants
Includes information and links to many legal topics including: landlord-tenant, immigration, criminal, employment, consumer, schools and education, disabilities, civil rights, health care, and wills. Includes full text to their legal publications: Tenant's Rights in New Jersey: A Legal Handbook for New Jersey Tenants and Clearing Your Record: A 6-Step Guide to Expunging Criminal Records in New Jersey. It also has divorce information from Legal Services’ book Divorce in New Jersey: A Self-Help Guide. This guide will explain the divorce process, but the forms referred to here are available only in the print edition.

Frequently Asked Legal Questions

1. Where can I find the New Jersey statute on speeding? Also, where can I find cases on the use of radar detectors?

2. Where can I find forms to file my own divorce?

3. What are the rates of tax imposed on an inheritance?

   1. Where can I find the New Jersey statute on speeding? Also, where can I find cases on the use of radar detectors?

A. The New Jersey statute on speeding can be found in N.J.S.A. 39:4-98 "Rates of speed." New Jersey Statutes Annotated can be found in the Toms River, Manchester, Lakewood, and Brick branches. The statutes can also be found on the New Jersey State Legislature’s Web site. Click on statutes and you can search for a statute by subject or by number.

To find cases on radar detectors locate the case annotations listed under "Notes of Decisions" in N.J.S.A. 39:4-98. Toms River also has legal cases on CD-ROM. This can be found on the legal resources PC. New Jersey cases on CD-ROM include those from the New Jersey Supreme Court and the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.

   2. Where can I find forms to file my own divorce?

Use the forms in the book, Divorce In New Jersey:  A Self-Help Guide (R346.0166 Divo). It includes fill in the blank forms for filing for a divorce including:  the complaint, summons, judgment, various motions, certifications, and orders.  This guide will explain the divorce process, but the forms referred to here are available only in the print edition

   3. What are the rates of tax imposed on an inheritance?

A. Rates are imposed according to classes defined by the New Jersey Department of Treasury -- Taxation. The definitions of Class A, Class C, Class D, and Class E can be found in the New Jersey Administrative Code at 18:26-1.1. The rates of tax for each class can be found at N.J.A.C.18:26-2.5, 18:26-2.7, and 18:26-2.8. The New Jersey Administrative Code also called N.J.A.C. can only be found at the Toms River branch on CD-ROM format.

 

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