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A Nontaxing Approach to Finding Legal Help

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

A Nontaxing Approach to Finding Legal Help

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A self-help law center on the Web offers a legal encyclopedia covering just about every topic

So you're putting together your traditional tax season package, and everything you read sounds like well, what it is: rehashed reports from harried tax seasons past. Looking for inspiration for fresh story ideas? Surf on over to the electronic extension of Nolo Press, a publisher that specializes in "self-help law" for laymen. There you'll find no-nonsense background on how it feels to face an audit, why there's a difference between tax cheaters and tax protesters, when IRS inefficiency can affect average taxpayers, and what others have done to win "the IRS game."

Or perhaps you are doing a Sunday business front on retirement planning. This same Web site can help you cover all the bases on Social Security, while helping to understand benefits, learn the rights involved in pension plans, and know the ins and outs of Medicare, Medicaid, and long-term health care planning.

Other sections of the detail-rich resource cover legal issues relating to travel, insurance, shopping, parenting, buying and selling land, making wills, finding and changing jobs, and dealing with creditors. The site's free Legal Encyclopedia cries out to be bookmarked for use in a variety of features and stories.

To get started, visit the Nolo Self Help Law Center ( From the introductory page, simply click on the link to any of a dozen-plus broad topics:

* Small Business: covering startups, taxes, partnerships, limited liability, companies, nonprofits, and corporations. Also come here for issues involving home offices, hiring, and starting a business.

* Wills and Estate Planning: for information on how your readers can minimize taxes and distribute their property to loved ones, and make wills, trusts, living wills, and power of attorney documents.

* Employment: focusing on workplace issues such as health and safety, discrimination, sexual harassment, losing or leaving a job, workers' compensation, and the rights and obligations of independent contractors.

* Consumer: covering matters relating to buying and selling goods and services, understanding insurance, the rights and obligations of pet ownership, and miscellaneous issues, from telemarketing to dealing with bankers.

* Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks: covering topics centering on assorted intellectual property, fair use of published material, the rights of trademark owners, and more. …

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