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Understanding Federal Legal Citations
     A legal citation is a set of letters and numbers that describes how to locate a statute, regulation or rule.  Below is abrief explanation of the conventions used in citing federal and state statutes, rules and regulations.
Federal Statutes
     All federal statutes are called public laws, abbreviated as PL.  Statutes are first introduced into Congress as bills.  The first number of the public law identifies the Congres that enacted the bill..  The second number identifies the order in which the bill was enacted.  For instance:  P.L. 94-142 means that this law (the Education For All Handicapped Act)  was the 142nd  Public Law enacted by the 94th Congress.
     P.L. 94-142 is the Federal special education law that guarantees a free, appropriate public education to persons with handicaps.  It is found with other federal statutes in the United States Code (USC)  Ther correct legal citation for P.L. 94-142 is 20 USC 1401 et seqEt seq means "and subsequent sections"  P.L. 94-142 is in Title 20, the eduation title.  1401 is the first section of P.L. 94-142  That is:  20 USC 1401  et. seq means that Title 20, Untited States Code, Section 1401 and subsequent sections
Federal Regulations
     Federal regulations are compiled in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  P.L. 94-142 is found in Ttitle 34 of the CFR.  P.L. 142 regulations begin at Section 301.1 et. seq.  Recent changes in federal regulations are reported daily in the Federal Register; these regulations are abbreviated with FR in the citation.  For instance  34 CFR 301.1 means:  Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations, and the number 301.1 is the section where P.L. 94-142 regulations begin
Code of Federal Regulations -- url:  http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html
Disabilityclaims.com -- Created as a resource for disability legal issues it attempts to address the legal concerns of disabled individuals.It also provides many common sense doís and doníts in the disability benefit application process. Telephone: 212-297-0700; Fax: 212-297-0730 - email: http://www.disabilityclaims.com/ - url: riemer@tiac.net 
Federal, State & Local Courts -- url: http://www.nolo.com:
GovBot -- A search engine that searches ONLY in government databases. Outstanding for tracing ADA legislation, court decisions and regulations, exceptions, "reasonable accommodations" 
url:  http://ciir2.cs.umass.edu/Govbot/
TBI legislation, and the TBI Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-266) (HR 248) may be found at  http://thomas.loc.gov.  It's the web site for  Congress including the Congressional Budget Office and General Accounting Office, etc.  It was named after Thomas Jefferson.  The "loc"  stands for Library of Congress, so there's a lot of good stuff available on it.  Pulling down the Committee Report to the Act (from the 104th Congress) is useful for gaining insights into Congress' intentions for the law.

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Estate Planning and Wills - Nolo.com Legal Encyclopedia. Over 200 products. 
url: http://www.nolo.com
Estate Planning -- url: http://pages.prodigy.com/tim_beresky/estate.htm
Law Offices of Herbert Hafif, Brain injury law experts Toll-Free:800-920-4TBI - url: http://www.hafif.com/
Health Care  Power of Attorney Living Wills -- the D.C. Bar on durable powers of attorney for healthcare and the importance of durable powers of attorney for healthcare and... 
http://www.washlaw.edu/delatt/archives/990708/msg00010.html
Hospice Patients Alliance - Resuscitation, DNR Orders, CPR in hospice Orders, Power of Attorney Forms, Advanced Directives. url:  http://www.hospicepatients.org/hospic26.html -
The National Senior Citizens Law Center --  advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals, as well as persons with disabilities, with particular emphasis on women and racial and ethnic minorities. url: http://www.nsclc.org
Protection and Advocacy Services - Adults - Montana 
Protection&advocacy.com -- Agencies in several states have published useful manuals describing the use of health care directives in their states. See, e.g., Melissa Daar, Tracy Nelson and Daniel Pone, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Manual: An Advocacy Tool for Mental Health Consumer Empowerment and Patient Choice, (1994) (available from Protection and Advocacy, Inc., Sacramento, CA.) and Equip for Equality, Inc., The Mental Health Treatment Preference Declaration (1996)  (available from Equip for Equality, Inc., Chicago, IL.) 
url:  http://www.napas.org/
Retirement Home Page. Law -- Legal Information and Resources - Forms, books and disks Nolo.com.
url:  http://www.nolo.com/category/ret_home.html

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Eye on the Courts -- Links to full texts of newsworthy court decisions. 
url: http://www.law.cornell.edu/focus/liieye.htm
International Law Dictionary -- url:  http://august1.com/pubs/dict/index.shtml
Legal Information Institute at Cornell -- url:  http://www.law.cornell.edu/topical.html
The Library of Congress HomePage  --   http://lcweb.loc.gov/homepage
Library of Congress Marvel  - - Covers Census Data, Congressional Info, White House Documents, State Department Reports, etc.   gopher://marvel.loc.gov
Library of Congress Information System (LOCIS)  -- Catalog of US government copyright files, databases containing current info about federal legislation and foreign law. url: http://www.loc.gov/library/
The Law Library of Congress HomePage  --   http://www.loc.gov/library/
The Library of Congress: The Guide to Law On-Line  --    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/glin/worldlaw.html
The Library of Congress: Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)  -- 
url: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/law/GLINv1/GLIN.html
The Library of Congress: Law Library Reading Room Services  -- 
url: http://www.loc.gov/rr/rrbrief.html 
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped -- Library of Congress's web site which explains the services, answers FAQs, explains the magazine program, and links to lists of braille books and talking books. url:  http://lcweb.loc.gov/nls/
Virtual Law Library -- url:  http://www.onlinecollege.org/2012/11/20/the-internet-law-library/
 

 
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