The following titles were written with the layperson in mind, focus on Massachusetts law and legal issues, and are available at public libraries. If I have information about where a particular book can be purchased, it is included. Send me an email if you are aware of other books that might interest our readers. Please note that by presenting these titles we neither endorse them nor vouch for the accuracy of their contents.
Your Rights on the Job: A Practical Guide to Employment Laws in Massachusetts. Schwartz. Labor Guild of Boston, 2000.
Landlord and Tenant
The Successful Landlord; A Comprehensive Guide to the Rights and Responsibilities of Owning and Managing Rental Property in Massachusetts. Perry: Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc. 2006. The title says it all. This excellent reference book is available at the Alliance's site: www.cmhaonline.org.
The Massachusetts Landlord Survival Guide. Lapatin: Greater Boston Real Estate Board. A good resource for owners and managers of rental property in Massachusetts. The book is available for $35.00 at the Board's website: www.gbreb.com.
Legal Tactics: Tenant's Rights in Massachusetts, Private Housing. Duke, et al.: Mass. Law Reform Institute and Mass. Continuing Legal Education. Full of forms and advice on every aspect of the landlord/tenant relationship. You can buy the book for $20.00 by calling MCLE at 1-800-966-6253 or going to: www.mcle.org.
Divorce and Family Law
Massachusetts Divorce; A Consumer Guide. Sibbison: Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. Available by calling MCLE at 1-800-966-6253 or going to: www.mcle.org.
Family Law Advocacy for Low and Moderate Income Litigants. Bowman, et al.: Mass. Law Reform Institute and Mass. Continuing Legal Education. 762 pages of user friendly advice on alimony, child custody and support, divorce, domestic violence, and other related issues. You can buy the book for $35.00 by calling MCLE at 1-800-966-6253 or going to: www.mcle.org.
Adopting in Massachusetts. This is a publication of the Center for Adoption Research at the University of Massachusetts. It contains helpful information and a list of resources for those who are considering adoption.
Representing Yourself in Court: How to Win Your Case on Your Own. Devlin Farmer. Lawyer Devlin Farmer has experience across North America in guiding clients to the most affordable, effective solutions, and he shares his advice in this book on how to represent your interests in the civil courts with the greatest chances of success. Available on Amazon.com.
Freedom of Information in Massachusetts. Abrashkin and Winsor: Mass. Law Reform Institute and Mass. Continuing Legal Education. Detailed information on the rules regarding government held information, including criminal records and fair information practices. You can buy the book for $20.00 by calling MCLE at 1-800-966-6253 or going to www.mcle.org.
Other Mass. Law Reform Institute Publications. The Institute publishes several other books and advocacy guides on such topics as food stamps, MassHealth, and unemployment rights. For a full list, check out the Institute's website: www.mlri.org.
Pursuing a Case in Small Claims Court. Casher: Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. Although this book was not written for the layperson, it and a few other MCLE titles are relatively easy to follow and may be useful to non-lawyers. (Product # 2000259B01.) Available by calling MCLE at 1-800-966-6253 or going to: www.mcle.org.
Town Meeting Time; A Handbook of Parliamentary Law. Massachusetts Moderators Association.