Articles Tagged with Legal self-help

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Ken Svengalis has published a 2nd edition (2022) of his “A Layperson’s Guide to Legal Research and Self-Help Law Books” — and it’s half the price of the first edition.

A Layperson’s Guide to Legal Research and Self-Help Law Books” can now be purchased at the Author Reputation Press bookstore. (Paperbound edition ($49.95) and an eBook edition ($24.99).)

Note 1: Please do NOT purchase this 2nd edition from Ken’s former website, NE Law Press, where only the previous edition of the Layperson’s Guide is for sale. (Ken’s 2021, 25th edition, of his “Legal Information Buyer’s Guide” is still for sale from the NE Law Press website.)

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The Oregon State Bar (OSB) is requesting feedback on their proposal on licensing paralegals:

… to provide some legal services that currently only lawyers may provide….”

Read the OSB summary of the proposal, view the video, and link to the questionnaire:

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Do you need legal help with expungements, DACA renewal, County Circuit Court navigation, legal name and gender marker changes, and other legal assistance, self-help, and referrals?

Check out the Oregon Legal Assistance Resource Guide (from the Washington County Law Library website), which will soon be updated with this PCC CLEAR Clinic, from the PCC (Portland Community College) Paralegal Program, based at the PCC North Portland Cascade campus:

Read about the CLEAR (Community Legal & Educational Access & Referral) Program and Clinics:

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The Multnomah County Library has compiled this list:

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) law help: Legal resources during the pandemic

Supplement that list with a visit to the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) website, which compiles legal news and legal help resources on Oregon landlord and tenant law.

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A new legal self-help book for Oregon college and university students has been released:

Oregon’s Legal Guide for College Students,” by Janay Haas, an Oregon attorney and the author of a number of Oregon legal self-help publications including, “Using Small Claims Court in Oregon.

The author provides updates to both publications at Oregon Legal Guides.

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PUGS (Portland Underground Graduate School) Course:

“Your Art is Your Business”

“How creatives can use business and intellectual property knowledge to make a living and protect their art.”

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A Layperson’s Guide to Legal Research and Self-Help Law Books,” by Kendall Svengalis (author and publisher of the extraordinary and invaluable “Legal Information Buyer’s Guide & Reference Manual,” which has been published annually since 1996).

From the publisher NE Law Press website, “A Layperson’s Guide …”:

“Unlike previous bibliographies of self-help law books, this book adopts a new approach. Each subject-specific bibliography is prefaced by commentary on the nature of the law of that field, together with links to online sources for further information, including legal research guides. The intent is to give laypersons some broader context in which to comprehend the nature of the specialty of their concern.

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Please do your research before despairing, screaming, and especially before signing anything or saying anything to collection agencies. (Yikes). In the latter situation, the rule is, Say Nothing (but take detailed notes), until you talk to a professional. What you say to a debt collector CAN be held against you. Look for trustworthy sources of student debt information and even then, double and triple check on the accuracy of the advice given.

Remember what Winston Churchill said about trusting and verifying.

1) Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC): “The Student Borrower Protection Center is a nonprofit organization solely focused on alleviating the burden of student debt for millions of Americans. The SBPC engages in advocacy, policymaking, and litigation strategy to rein in industry abuses, protect borrowers’ rights, and advance economic opportunity for the next generation of students.”

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TED Talk: How to Put the Power of Law in People’s Hands”

Summary:
What can you do when the wheels of justice don’t turn fast enough? Or when they don’t turn at all? Vivek Maru is working to transform the relationship between people and law, turning law from an abstraction or threat into something that everyone can understand, use and shape. Instead of relying solely on lawyers, Maru started a global network of community paralegals, or barefoot lawyers, who serve in their own communities and break the law down into simple terms to help people find solutions….” [Link to Vivek Maru’s TED Talk Reading List, and link to more TED Talks on justice, law, and crime.]

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You can’t (CANNOT) waltz into an Oregon Small Claims Court and expect to win your case. You have to do your homework:

1) You have to read the book (in public and law libraries and bookstores):

“Using Small Claims Court in Oregon.” by Janay Haas, 2012. (Oregon Legal Guides)

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