As a free service to our clients, colleagues and the general public, we have created this list of no-cost and low-cost internet resources. Many of these may help improve a layperson’s understanding of the laws and legal system in New York State, New Jersey, New York City and Brooklyn. In addition, this list includes resources not exclusively of a legal nature that we believe the general public may find useful.

Government Resources

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New York State

opens in a new windowNew York State Government Information Locator Service
“The New York State Government Information Locator Service (NYS GILS) provides a single point of access to information services provided by New York State Government agencies, the State Legislature and the Judiciary….” Site hosted by the New York State Library.

opens in a new windowNew York State Library

opens in a new windowNew York State Small Business Development Center

opens in a new windowU.S. Small Business Administration

opens in a new — “Government Made Easy”

Personal Finance Resources

opens in a new windowAnnual Credit
Get your free annual credit report.

opens in a new windowKelley Blue Book
Research the current value of your car.

Public Business Libraries

The libraries below are exceptional resources and contain a vast amount of free and inexpensive business and legal information. Some resources are digital and can be accessed online, for others you may wish to visit the library itself.

opens in a new windowBrooklyn Public Library

opens in a new windowBusiness Library of the Brooklyn Public Library

opens in a new windowNew York State Library

opens in a new windowNew York (City) Public Library

opens in a new windowSmall Business Resource Center
A department of the New York Public Library Science Industry and Business Library.

Research Resources

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“Free Legal Advice”
Written in plain language so everyone can understand, this site explains the basics of a wide variety of legal and business topics using short summaries. As one would expect, this site does not substitute for competent legal representation, but it is a good starting point for those who wish to be better educated about basic elements of business and law.

Laws of New York
New York State Laws in an organized format.

Martindale’s “The Reference Desk”
An extensive general reference site that is a whole lot better than its appearance would seem to indicate.

opens in a new windowNFIB — “The Voice of Small Business,” Legal Issues section
Includes several excellent articles, including topics such as how to hire the right attorney and then work cost-effectively with your legal representative.

New York Times’s Business Navigator
An excellent research tool for business information.

opens in a new windowWikiPedia (the on-line encyclopedia)
Contains articles on a variety of legal topics. Richard Klass has originated at least one of the articles in this international encyclopedia.

opens in a new windowWiktionary (the on-line dictionary)

Free on-line news and information


opens in a new windowWiki News
News from around the world.