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.
Highly Recommended Sites
opens in a new windowAccurint
Accurint® is the most widely accepted locate-and-research tool available to government, law enforcement and commercial customers. Published by LexisNexis.
opens in a new windowDepartment of Finance, New York City, ACRIS (Automated City Register Information System)
Legal Terms and Definitions for New York City Civil Court
opens in a new windowNew York Unified Court System “E-Courts”
opens in a new windowSupreme Court 2nd Judicial District, Kings County Clerk’s Office
opens in a new windowUnited States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York
opens in a new windowUnited States District Court for the Southern District of New York
opens in a new windowU.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York
opens in a new windowU.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
opens in a new windowU.S. Code Collection from Cornell Law School, Legal Information Institute
The United States Code as generated by Cornell Law School from the most recent official version made available by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The online legal research service.
opens in a new windowNew York City
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
Personal Finance Resources
opens in a new windowAnnual Credit Report.com
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.
Legal Organizations, Associations and Services
opens in a new windowAmerican Arbitration Association
The leading organization for alternative dispute resolution.
opens in a new windowAmerican Bar Association
opens in a new windowThe Association of the Bar of the City of New York
opens in a new windowBrooklyn Bar Association
opens in a new windowLawHelp.org
“Free legal aid in New York, learn about your legal rights, get information about the courts, and more.”
opens in a new windowMartindale-Hubble
For help finding a lawyer in your area.
opens in a new windowNew Jersey State Bar Association
opens in a new windowFree Advice.com
“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.
Free on-line news and information
opens in a new windowBrooklyn Daily Eagle
opens in a new windowThe Brooklyn Paper
opens in a new windowCity Search Brooklyn
Customer experiences and information about local businesses.
New York City, New York State and the U.S.A.
opens in a new windowWiki News
News from around the world.