Let’s say you need to file for divorce, or want to sue someone in small claims court, or need to probate an estate – when you try to get started, you quickly realize that there are several or even dozens of different courts in your county! Which court should you go to?
In most states, each county has a variety of different types of courts to handle different types of cases. These courts may all be located in one Courthouse, or they may be located in different buildings across the county. In other states, such as California, there is … Read More
When we think about going to court, the first people that usually pop into our heads are the judge in a robe, the bailiff with a badge, an attorney arguing for each side, and maybe a sketch artist for dramatic, high-profile cases. People like the Court Clerk may seem foreign. Administrative officials, however, are often the first line of contact the public has with the courts, and can often provide information and assistance for free.
Whether you are looking for court records, want to file a new case, or need information on when a hearing will be or where to … Read More
Are you experiencing legal trouble and unsure of how to proceed? Do you need a lawyer but think you cannot afford one? You might be surprised at the number of free or low-cost legal services available in your state and how easy it is to find them through CourtReference.
Legal aid and legal referral services may be offered by state government, county government, or private organizations. Some agencies offer general legal services, such as help with most non-criminal matters. Others offer specialized services for a group of people, such as senior citizens or victims of domestic violence, or a … Read More
A nuisance isn’t just an annoying person, it is actual a legal concept, one which can be sued upon. In legal terms, a nuisance occurs through the unlawful or unreasonable use of land that causes an injury, or interferes with rights of another person, or the public. In the legal system, tenants and landowners actually possess a legal right to enjoy their property. This right is known as the right of quiet enjoyment. If an activity interferes with this right, this could constitute a legal nuisance.
A nuisance interferes in a person or a community’s enjoyment by causing damages, danger, … Read More
Contracts are often a part of our lives in one form or another. Between documents such as leases, mortgages, business agreements, most people have likely become a party to contract at least once in their lives. Essentially a contract is a document which legally binds the relevant parties to certain acts or responsibilities. Implementing a contractual agreement provides protection to the parties, and legal remedies if the contract is not fulfilled.
To create a legally binding contract between parties requires three ingredients. Offer, acceptance of the offer, and consideration (an exchange of something of value). The thing of value does … Read More
In litigation situation, there may be more than one party affected. It is not uncommon for a case to involve multiple plaintiffs and/or multiple defendants. There is a special name for cases where with multiple plaintiff’s: Class Action.
A class action lawsuit occurs when more than one person with a similar “injury” file a lawsuit against a person or entity. The injury does not necessarily have to be physical, it can also be financial. Common class action categories include injury from a defective product (products liability), breach of contract, securities fraud, and employment discrimination. The individuals who initiate the lawsuit … Read More