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Self-Help Print Collection at James E. Faust Law Library (University of Utah)
Below is a demonstrative list of some of the titles available in our print collection. Other self-help titles can be found by doing a search of our library catalog on our home page or by coming to the library and browsing our self-help collection located on the first floor of the law school.
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Searching the catalog from the law library homepage automatically searches the Marriott Library and Eccles Health Sciences Library catalogs as well. This saves you time and expands your search power.
Print Legal Forms
The library maintains a large collection of print legal forms including:
- American Jurisprudence Legal Forms
- Current Legal Forms with Tax Analysis
- Nichol's Cyclopedia of Legal Forms Annotated
- West's Legal Forms
Useful Self-Help Titles in Print
101 Law Forms for Personal Use by Reliable legal forms for common personal and family transactions At one time or another, we all need to get an agreement in writing. But where to start? 101 Law Forms for Personal Use makes it easy to create legal agreements and organize essential information. The plain-English instructions will help you: Sell personal property: All the agreements you need to sell a motor vehicle, boat or other valuable property. Delegate authority: Create temporary guardianship of a child, pet care agreements, limited powers of attorney and other essential documents. Plan your estate: Make a simple will and use worksheets to track beneficiaries and assets. Rent out a place to live: Use the rental application, move-in letter, checklist, notice of needed repairs and other forms. Borrow or lend money: Prepare a solid legal contract (promissory note). Included are five forms--one for every common borrowing/lending situation. Buy a house: Run the numbers with a financial statement, and then use the house comparison worksheet, moving checklist and other forms. 101 Law Forms for Personal Use can also help you: settle legal disputes deal with junk mail and telemarketers handle personal finances hire household help and much more This new edition is completely updated for accuracy and ease of use, including reviewed and updated forms, instructions and resources.
Publication Date: 2016-09-30
Beat Your Ticket by Fight an unfair ticket in any state! We've all received one -- a traffic ticket that seems completely unfair, the result of an officer's evening quota rather than a serious moving violation. But do you have to pay the penalty and watch your driving record crash and burn? Not if you choose to fight back! With Nolo's Beat Your Ticket, you'll get the lowdown on the best strategies for beating traffic tickets in court. In plain English, you'll learn how to: - use the law to fight an unwarranted ticket - analyze the case and decide whether to fight or fold - find out what the police officer plans to say at your trial - find legal assistance and get the most out of it - prepare witness testimony - attack radar and other detection methods - pick a jury - present your case - cross-examine the ticketing officer Whether you want to contest a common speeding citation, a right-of-way violation, or a non-DUI alcohol-related offense, Beat Your Ticket clearly lays out your options. This edition is extensively updated to reflect your state's current traffic laws, including the latest rules, statistics, and court procedures. Are you a California resident? Check out Fight Your Ticket & Win in California.
Publication Date: 2013-08-30
Becoming a U. S. Citizen by The path from green card to U.S. citizenship can be a long and winding one -- and bureaucratic hassles are inevitable. But with Becoming a U.S. Citizen, you can shave months or years off the time it takes to become a citizen. Find out how to: determine your eligibility make sure you won't risk deportation by applying prepare your application packet study for the citizenship exam have a successful interview appeal the exam and deal with setbacks help family members immigrate enjoy your status as a U.S. citizen Becoming a U.S. Citizen also shows how you may be able to take advantage of special procedures if you are disabled, in the military, the spouse of a U.S. citizen, or have other special circumstances. This revised edition reflects current and proposed laws, as well as new fees and procedures. Plus, learn about new rules governing naturalization through Armed Forces service, and get the most up-to-date contact information available.
Publication Date: 2014-09-30
Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws by The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws explains the 20 most important federal laws dealing with employment issues -- a must-have book for any HR professional, manager or entrepreneur. Get the facts on: . which business must comply with each law . where to find the text of each law . which federal agency enforces each law . what each law allows and prohibits . practical tips to remain within the scope of the law . resources for further research and information Find the information you need about these major laws in plain English: . Americans With Disabilities Act . Age Discrimination in Employment Act . Equal Pay Act . Family and Medical Leave Act . Pregnancy Discrimination Act . and much more Stay ahead of the game and protect your company and yourself -- get The Essential Guide to Federal Employment Laws. This edition has been updated to reflect the latest laws and U.S. Supreme Court decisions, including new information on the expansion of FMLA provisions on military leave, ADA regulations, discrimination, and reforms to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Publication Date: 2013-04-30
Every Tenant's Legal Guide by What every renter needs to know The only book of its kind, Every Tenant's Legal Guide gives you the legal and practical information (plus dozens of sample letters) you need to: find a great home and landlord know your rights when it comes to pets fight improper rent increases and late fees get a landlord to make repairs pronto withhold rent without getting into legal trouble protect your privacy fight illegal discrimination handle roomate problems deal with lead paint, mold, asbestos and bed bugs break a lease with minimum financial liability get your security deposit back The 8th edition of Every Tenant's Legal Guide includes the latest laws of your state--from security deposit rules to termination notice requirements, and a new section on tenant rights to use Airbnb and similar services.
Publication Date: 2015-05-29
How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy by If you have more debt than you can possibly pay off, the bankruptcy system is there to help -- and with How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, you'll find the clear and user-friendly information, advice, and step-by-step instructions you'll need to get through the entire process. First, the book will help you determine whether you qualify for Chapter 7 -- and whether it is the best way to deal with your debts. Then you'll find out how to: stop wage garnishments and attachments cancel as much debt as possible deal with secured debts keep the maximum amount of property keep your home, if possible ebuild credit after bankruptcy The 19th edition is revised to include instructions on filling out the new means test forms, changes to state exemption laws (that determine what property bankruptcy filers may keep), and the latest court decisions. Plus, state and federal charts let you quickly find your state's exemption laws. Please note: This book does not cover business bankruptcies, farm reorganizations, or individual repayment plans (Chapter 13). For Chapter 13 bankruptcy, see Nolo's Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.
Publication Date: 2015-10-26
A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples by Protect yourself and your loved one with sound legal planning Gay and lesbian couples have gained a lot of legal ground in recent years. Although same-sex marriage is now legal across the U.S.,laws governing civil unions and domestic partnerships vary from state to state. So it's still important to define and protect your relationship in the eyes of the law--and A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples can help. This plain-English guide shows you how to: structure your relationship with a contract jointly buy a house or other property make practical decisions about living together, marrying, or registering as legal partners make a will or living trust make medical decisions for each other if needed have and raise children through adoption, donors, surrogacy, or foster parenting, and deal with the end of a relationship. The 18th edition is completely revised to provide the latest on same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships, and civil unions, and new information regarding parentage laws. All forms are now downloadable via a special link at nolo.com.
Publication Date: 2016-10-24
Legal Guide for Starting and Running a Small Business by The all-in-one business law book When you run a small business, legal questions crop up almost on a daily basis. Ignoring them can threaten your enterprise--but hiring a lawyer to help with routine issues can devastate the bottom line. Fortunately, you have a better alternative. Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business clearly explains the how to: raise start-up money pick the right business structure get licenses and permits negotiate a favorable lease protect yourself with the right insurance create binding contracts hire, fire, and manage employees cope with financial problems protect your personal assets save on business taxes The 14th edition is completely updated with the latest business tax rules and numbers, including options for deducting expenses for the business use of your home.
Publication Date: 2015-04-30
Legal Research by Legal research made simple! If you're searching for information in a real or virtual law library as a paralegal, law student, legal assistant, journalist, or lay person, finding and accessing the laws that you need to read can be a challenge. Turn to Legal Research, which outlines a systematic method to find answers and get results. In plain, readable English, Attorney Stephen Elias explains, with plenty of examples and instructions, how to: . read and understand statues, regulations and cases . evaluate cases for their value as precedent . use all the basic tools of legal research . practice what you've learned with "hands-on, library exercises, as well as hypothetical research problems and solutions This easy-to-use and understand book has been adopted as a text in many law schools and paralegal programs. This edition has been condensed to be more readable and includes an expanded discussion on the use of new legal research tools on the web.
Publication Date: 2012-08-31
Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce by Divorce guidance you can count on Divorce is never easy for anyone in the family. But with the information and guidance in Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce, you can make the process as simple, inexpensive, and conflict-free as possible. With compassion and expertise, family law attorney Emily Doskow explains how to make divorce less painful by helping you: understand the divorce process minimize day-to-day conflict with your spouse work with lawyers or mediators without breaking the bank avoid costly, exhausting court battles, and stay calm and make good decisions. You'll learn about your legal rights and options and how to tackle the tough issues, including: child support child custody alimony dividing property, including pensions and real estate, and drafting a marital settlement agreement. The 6th edition is completely updated with the latest state rules on divorce.
Publication Date: 2016-06-20
Plan Your Estate by Protect your family with solid estate planning Estate planning sounds difficult--but most people just need a few basic documents. Let Plan Your Estate show you how to protect your loved ones from legal hassles and financial uncertainty after your death. For more than 20 years, this book has explained estate planning in plain English, including: wills avoiding probate living trusts bypass (AB) trusts naming guardians for children leaving property to children estate, gift, and inheritance taxes strategies for business owners leaving property to charity health care directives, and financial powers of attorney. The 13th edition of Plan Your Estate is completely updated to reflect the latest federal and state laws. Applies in all U.S. states except Louisiana.
Publication Date: 2016-04-18