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Responses to “Oregon Legal Research Blog” Reader Legal Questions


We are not able to answer reader’s specific legal questions, although we do try to respond when the answer has legal research value to other readers.


1) Look for updates to specific Oregon Legal Research blog posts, by clicking on the subject Tags at the end of the post. Or, link to the Oregon Law Help website, which has excellent guides for real Oregonians with real legal problems and questions. (Or, check the Oregon Legal Assistance Resource Guide.)

2) If your question is fairly general, e.g. about Oregon history, how laws are made or how the legislature works, or if you are a K-12 student with a homework assignment, visit your public library, in person or its website to ask for their research assistance or call an Oregon public law library for research assistance.

3) If you have a specific legal research question, please contact your nearest Oregon county law library for research guidance. The OLR bloggers strive to respond to questions when the answers will be of value to our many readers, but cannot respond to requests for individual research service or legal information. For more information about what you can find in a public law library, visit the Washington County Law Library’s “Library Services” webpage.

4) If you like doing your own research, visit the State of Oregon Law Library website – and other county law library websites. They have links to legal self-help materials and legal research databases, some of which allow remote access. See, e.g. these 2 blog posts:

New and Free Legal Database for Oregon Legal Researchers (posted 4/12/15)

New Multnomah Law Library Website: Services, Databases, Catalog and More (posted 4/20/15)

5) You can also ask your question at the Answerland online reference service.

6) If you have a legal problem, rather than a question you want to research for yourself, please contact an attorney. The Oregon State Bar Information and Referral Service is one place to begin your search for a lawyer. You can also read the “How to Find an Oregon Lawyer” guide at the Washington County Law Library website.

7) Last, but not least, please remember, that there is a big difference between DIY Lawyering and DIY Legal Research.

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