Legal Advice for the Monetarily Challenged

University Law Library / Santiago Calatrava by arne boell

When you need a lawyer–you need a lawyer, and there is really no substitute for a good one.  If that’s where you are, it might be time to start selling your stuff.

But sometimes you just need legal advice–like how to write a contract
that will stand up in court, or how to draft the by-laws for your new non-profit so you get your 501(c)3 status or even how to write a lease that is fair to you your tenants.

Often when you need that kind of advice, you have way more time than you have money*.

To borrow a phrase, there’s a book for that.  Or rather, a series of books.

I discovered the NOLO Law Series when I was looking for step-by-step advice on starting a non-profit organization. The book was exactly what our cause needed:  clear, straight forward explanations of the whole incorporation process and and most importantly a clear demarcation between the stuff we could easily do ourselves and the places where real, human, legal advice was recommended.  The books also include a CD-ROM of all the forms and boiler-plates covered in the text so as we worked though the stack of paperwork required for incorporation, we never had to start from scratch.

Since then, whenever I run across legal questions, I check NOLO first.

*If you are 100% broke you can even borrow many books in this series from your local library.  The only downside is you have finish your work before the book is due back.  I usually borrow the books from the library first and then end up buying a copy later.

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