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Information Links about Massachusetts Law

The following is a collection of links to Sites that provide information about various aspects of Massachusetts law.  Please note that by presenting these links we neither endorse the sponsoring organization nor vouch for the accuracy of their information.
 
Massachusetts Government Sites
 
Massachusetts State Government
The web site for the Massachusetts state government, and I mean all of it.  The site contains links to all of the state's agencies and branches of government, general information, and news items. 
 
Attorney General of Massachusetts
An easy to navigate site that contains information, publications, and advisories on numerous consumer, civil, elder, and health issues.  For questions about labor laws, hourly wages, and overtime, click on "Workplace" in the left margin.  You can also call the Fair Labor Hotline at 617-727-3465. 
 
 
Secretary of the Commonwealth
 
Many useful links to such resources as the Citizen Information Service, Registry of Deeds, and the State Bookstore.
 
 
 
Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
A great site with information on the Lemon Law, Do Not Call Registry, and the Home Improvement Law.  There is also a Consumer Hotline and a section devoted to tips on drafting a Chapter 93A Demand Letter, the nuclear bomb of weapons for consumers who are not represented by an attorney.  (Click on 'How to resolve a consumer problem' in the Online Services section, then '30 Day Demand Letter.')
 
 
 
General Laws of Massachusetts
Complete with index, this site contains our state laws.
 
 
 
Massachusetts Court System Self Help Center
A great resource for those who attempt to represent themselves in Massachusetts courts, including the housing courts and the probate and family courts.
 
 
 
Constitution of Massachusetts
 
Massachusetts Court System
Information about, and links to, all of our state courts.
 
 
 
Federal Courts in Massachusetts
This is the link to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the federal appeals court for Massachusetts. From here you can click on the "Court Links" to get to the U.S. District Court (trial court) and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.
 
 
Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
 
This site for the seventeen public law libraries in the state is a gem.  Among its many offerings, you will find essays on various legal issues, links to useful sites, and, of course, publications dealing with Massachusetts law.
 
 
 
MA Supreme Judicial Court Opinions
 
MA Appeals Court Slip Opinions
 
MA Superior Court (trial court) Slip Opinions
 
City and Town Governments in MA
The site of the Massachusetts Municipal Association contains links to the Web pages of most city and town governments in Massachusetts.
 
 
Code of Massachusetts Regulations
 
 
Private Organizations
 
The MassLegal Network
 The MassLegal Network is a collaborative project of the civil legal aid community of Massachusetts.  This site contains a list of legal aid services in the state, answers to frequently asked questions, and general information about various areas of the law (e.g., Consumer and Family Law).
 
 
 
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
A nonprofit legal services support group for low-income, minority, and elderly residents.  The site contains useful information, links, and a list of the Institute's publications and manuals dealing with Massachusetts law.
 
 
Children's Law Center of Massachusetts
The Children's Law Center is a private, non-profit, legal advocacy and resource center serving low income children in Massachusetts.  The Site includes links and educational material.
 
 
 
Neighborhood Legal Services
This site contains information about many areas of Massachusetts law, including housing, family, and employment law.  You can also find forms for use at the state's courts or for communicating with state agencies.
 
 
 
Greater Boston Real Estate Board
An advocate for the real estate industry, the Board's site contains helpful information and publications for those who own or manage real estate in Massachusetts.
 
 
 
Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution
Full of information about methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR"), such as arbitration and mediation. 
 
 
 
Massachusetts Document Retrieval
This is a private service that charges a fee to help customers retrieve a variety of vital records (such as birth certificates, death certificates, etc.).  You can do your own research and obtain the same documents by clicking on the Massachusetts State Government link above.  Type "vital records" into the search engine in the upper right corner.  Then click on the Quick Link to the Registry of Vital Records.  Finally, scroll down till you find "Registry of Vital Records" in the right hand margin.
 
 
 
Legal Information Institute
This service of Cornell Law School is especially useful for those who want to learn the ins and outs of case law, legal research, and citation.  The site includes links to Massachusetts case law (decisions of our state courts).
 
 
 
Social Law Library
This link takes you to the Research Portal of the Library, a privately funded institution with an impressive collection of resources for federal and state law research.
 
 
 
Funeral Consumers Alliance
Lots of information about the law and consumer's rights.  For the Eastern MA chapter, use this link:  www.fcaemass.org.  And for Western MA: www.funeralconsumerswmass.org.
 
 
NursingHomeAbuse.net
NursingHomeAbuse.net was founded by the National Association to Stop Nursing Home Abuse (NASNHA). NursingHomeAbuse.net exists to raise awareness of the growing nursing home abuse epidemic, to educate the public about its root causes, to help residents and their families prevent abuse, and to help victims cope with the consequences of nursing home abuse.
 
American Law Sources On-Line
Well organized collection of links to various sources of information about Massachusetts law, including local law sources and law-related periodicals.

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