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The Law Library of Congress’s Guide to Online Law includes legal information from over a hundred different countries and all fifty states.

The Legal Information Institute has guides to 130 different areas of law.

The Armed Forces Legal Assistance site is also a great resource for basic legal information, aimed at service members, but often generally helpful, on topics including consumer law, family law and trusts and estates.

LawHelp has basic information about legal rights, court forms, self-help information, court information, links to social service agencies, and more for each state.

State and local bar associations may offer legal information on their websites.

Consumer Law

Consumers' Guide to Legal Help. A directory from the American Bar Association that can be searched for state-specific consumer resources, including assistance with foreclosure.

Options for getting out of default on student loans. The U.S. Department of Education provides information about how to get student loans out of default status.

Income-based repayment plans for student loans. The U.S. Department of Education provides information about options for student loan repayment based on current income.

Copyright, patent and trademark

U.S. Copyright Office circulars and fact sheets and frequently asked questions about copyright.

United States Patent and Trademark Office's general information concerning patents and basic facts about trademarks.

Criminal Law

The ACLU's pamphlet "Know Your Rights When Encountering Law Enforcement". Available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, French, Farsi, Punjabi, Hindi, and Somali.

Disability Law

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws. From the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section.

Disability Law Handbook. From the ADA National Network.


The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Employment Law

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Law Guide.

Legal Voice offers self-help publications on a variety of Employment topics, including Employment Discrimination, Family Leave Laws, and Termination of Employment. Some information is specific to Washington State, but information about federal laws is also provided.

Family Law

Charts summarizing basic laws in each state by topic, including custody, alimony and grounds for divorce. has state and federal law overviews about child custody, restraining orders, parental kidnapping, divorce, crimes, gun laws, immigration, and tribal law.

Small Business Law

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Planner.

Wills / Trusts / Estates

Legal Voice offers self-help publications, including After a Death Occurs - A Checklist. Some information is tailored to Washington State, but a lot of general information that may be helpful for planning purposes is also provided.