Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Guide to Free Online Legal Resources: Legal Self-Help

This guide directs legal researchers to the best websites for locating legal information for free on the Web. It includes finding tools and legal search engines as well as primary sources from our three branches of government, both state and federal.

Introduction to Self-Help & Legal Services

Though it is always in your best interest to speak with a lawyer about any legal issues you are facing, sometimes this just isn't possible. Some legal problems are easier to handle without a lawyer than others. People who choose to go to court without a lawyer are called self-represented litigants (also sometimes called pro se litigants). There are many resources available for self-represented litigants, but be especially wary and evaluate each website carefully. No website can provide you legal advice on your specific situation, no matter what it claims. But many can provide you accurate legal information. 

If you can't find the information you are looking for or need more help, please check out Resources for Self-Represented Litigants.