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Free Online Books From Nolo Press

You can read selected Nolo books onlineā€”in their entirety, for free. These are the current editions of these books.

Good Starting Points

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Michigan Legal Help -- From the State of Michigan, excellent help for the self-representative! Automated forms for divorce, family, housing, expungement and more.

Legal Information Institute -- From Cornell Law School, the best free site for access to statutes, regulations and case law.

FindLaw -- is the leading provider of free online legal information for consumers

Public Library of Law -- One of the world's largest free law libraries.

Mel Legal Gateway -- Michigan eLibrary legal resources

WashLaw: Legal Research on the Web -- A free service of the Washburn University School of Law. Lots of depth for state information.

National Veterans Legal Services Program

Nolo Press free legal articles and FAQs -- Nolo publishes legal self-help guides, and the articles in this site are geared toward the non-lawyer.

General Legal Research Sites--Free and Commercial

Women's Law Good information for issues affecting women. Also in Spanish Lawyer Locator -- Finds lawyers by location, specialty or name. Brief profiles included.


Legal Assistance Center -- Basic assistance, forms, self help materials and referrals to help solve legal problems. All income levels welcome. Charges only for forms and copies.

Legal Aid of Western Michigan -- Free legal counsel to those of low income and to those over 60. Government aid, consumer issues, child custody are a few concerns. No criminal cases.

Grand Rapids City Code

Grand Rapids 61st District Court -- Civil cases under $25,000, small claims under $3,000, landlord/tenant disputes, traffic violations, etc. Includes a case search.

Other district courts in Kent County -- Seven district courts, with maps.

Courts in Kent County -- Links to county courts and law enforcement departments, including Friend of the Court.

United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan -- Federal 6th Circuit Court.

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan

Inmate/Detainee Searches

Kent County Jail Inmate Lookup -- A search for inmates of the Kent County Jail.

Ottawa County Jail Inmate Lookup -- A search for inmates of the Ottawa County Jail.

Michigan Offender Tracking Information System -- A search of prisoners and parolees in the state of Michigan.

VINE Victim Information and Notification Everyday -- A service of the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.

Jail Exchange -- A national inmate search with details on every jail and prison in the United States.

Interpol -- An international search for Wanted and/or Missing persons.


Michigan Courts Self-help Center -- This site is designed to help you find legal assistance, learn about Michigan law, and represent yourself in some legal matters.

State Bar of Michigan Public Resources -- This site was created to help Michigan citizens find legal information to help them work better with their attorney, and to represent themselves in some instances.

Michigan Legal Aid -- provides help with legal problems to low income residents of Michigan.

Michigan Compiled Laws -- Michigan statutes searchable by keywords.

Michigan Administrative Code -- To search by keywords, select "Search SOAHR Database".

Michigan State Courts -- Includes court forms, procedures, opinions from 2001, and Friend of the Court brochures.

Michigan Attorney General Opinions -- Searchable opinions 1963 to the present.

State of Michigan Sentencing Guideline Manual

State Bar of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board -- Want to know if a lawyer's been disciplined in Michigan? Click here to file a complaint.


U.S. Code -- Current U.S. Laws by subject. Search engine included.

Code of Federal Regulations -- The rules of the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

Thomas -- Laws, bills, acts, resolutions of the U.S. Congress.

6th Circuit Court of Appeals Opinions -- 1999 to Current.


These subscription databases are accessible to all patrons from any of our library locations. Home access is limited to Grand Rapids Public Library cardholders only.

NEW! LexisNexis Express -- User friendly legal database that also covers company information and world-wide news. Caveat: The legal portion of this database is only accessible in GRPL's libraries.

Legal Forms -- An extensive collection of Michigan legal forms covering hundreds of subjects and issue.

Legal Forms

Michigan Courts--State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) forms

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