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Get legal forms, court decisions, or legal referrals from these sites. You also may find our guide to researching Case Law valuable; it was created by a Skokie Public Library reference librarian.

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General Legal Sites

Web resourceAmerican Law Sources On-line

This site provides a uniform compilation of links to free online sources of law for the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Web resourceCourt Forms Search from the Circuit Court of Cook County

This site provides printable copies of the most requested forms used in Cook County Circuit Courts.

Web resourceFindLaw for the Public

This consumer-friendly legal site contains information and resources on legal topics of concern to the general public such as personal injury, divorce, real estate, money and finance, employment law, and more.

Web resourceIllinois Legal Aid

From the Illinois Technology Center for Law and the Public Interest at Chicago-Kent College of Law, this site provides self-help materials for civil legal matters, a directory of Illinois legal services, forms, instructions, and support.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardLegalForms from Gale

Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord/tenant, and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

View brief tutorials on finding sample contracts and business forms at the Skokie Business Portal.

Available in Library onlyLexisNexis Library Express/Legal

The Legal section of Lexis/Nexis provides access to Federal and State cases and codes along with articles from U.S. law reviews and journals.

Available in Library onlyWestlawNext patron access

WestlawNext is a legal research service designed for use by the general public in which legal resources can be searched using plain language. The Library’s subscription allows access to the statutes of all 50 states as well as federal and Illinois decisions.  Illinois law reviews and practice manuals are also included. Cases include KeyCite status flags that let you know whether the case has been questioned or overturned by subsequent decisions.

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