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Common Legal Issues

The books mentioned in this weeding tip are primarily “self- help” books. They are educational tools intended to explain legal matters to non-lawyers. Ideally, they should be translating legalese into simple English and guiding the reader, step by step, along the path of enlightenment concerning common legal issues.

Patrons and librarians should be aware that while these books contain general information about legal topics, they should not be used as a substitute for consulting an attorney about the details of specific circumstances.

The C.R.E.W guidelines for 340 (Law) are as follows:


Replace when more current material becomes available. Never keep superseded editions, even for heavily used topics like divorce or bankruptcy. Keep only the current edition or the edition approved for use in your community of the Uniform Building Code and similar code books for specific areas of construction. General guides on finding and working with an attorney or the basics of our legal system may be retained based on use. Study guides for law school should not be kept longer than 3 years; check with publishers to ensure that major changes in the test have not occurred. Retain books that examine the history of major legal cases (Brown vs. Topeka) as long as interest exists or until MUSTIE factors prevail. Remember that most government agencies now post the most current legal information, laws, and ordinances on the Internet.

(Source: CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries, Revised and updated by Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Austin Texas 2012).

Suggestions for Weeding

  • The American Bar Association guide to wills and estates: everything you need to know about wills, trusts, estates, and taxes, 1995 (081292536X)
  • The concise guide to patents, trademarks, and copyrights by Solomon J. Schepps, 1980 (0517310031)
  • The divorce handbook : your basic guide to divorce by James T. Friedman, 1997 (0679771301)
  • Don't settle for less : a woman's guide to getting a fair divorce and custody settlement by Beverly Pekala, 1994 (0385425503)
  • Every tenant's legal guide by Janet Portman, 1999 (0873374924)
  • How to file for bankruptcy by Stephen Elias, Albin Renauer and Robin Leonard, 1993 (0873372018)
  • How to file your own divorce : with forms by Edward A. Haman, 1993 (0913825603)
  • How to get a green card: legal ways to stay in the U.S.A. by Loida Nicolas Lewis, 1993 (0873371933)
  • How to plan your 'total' estate with a will & living will without the lawyer's fees by Benji O. Anosike, 1994 (0932704301)
  • Immigration the easy way by Howard David Deutsch, 1992 (0812047982)
  • Landlord and tenant by Steven D. Strauss, 1998 (0393045854)
  • New Jersey employment law by Rosemary Alito, 1992 (1879590263)
  • A parent's guide to wills & trusts by Don Silver, 1992 (0944708404)
  • Prepare your own will : the national will kit by Dan Sitarz,1994 (0935755241)
  • Saving your business : how to survive Chapter 11 bankruptcy and successfully reorganize your company by Suzanne Caplan, 1992 (0138326843)
  • Winning your divorce : a man's survival guide by Timothy J. Horgan, 1994 (0525937617)


Suggestions for Purchase

  • Building a parenting agreement that works : child custody agreements step by step by Mimi Lyster Zemmelman, 2014 (9781413320671)
  • Divorce after 50: your guide to the unique legal & financial challenges by Janice Green, 2013 (9781413318197)
  • Every tenant's legal guide by Janet Portman, 2015 (9781413321364)
  • How to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy by Stephen Elias, 2013 (9781413319378)
  • How to get a green card by Ilona Bray and Loida Nicolas Lewis; updated by Kristina Gasson, 2014 (9781413319613)
  • It doesn't have to be that way : how to divorce without destroying your family or bankrupting yourself by Laura A. Wasser, 2013 (9781250029782)
  • J.K. Lasser's new rules for estate, retirement, and tax planning : keep more today, leave more to your heirs tomorrow by Stewart H. Welch, 2014 (9781118929995)
  • A legal guide for lesbian and gay couples by Frederick Hertz and Emily Doskow, 2014 (9781413320206)
  • New Jersey employment law by Rosemary Alito, 2015 (9781576258156)
  • Nolo's essential guide to child custody & support by Emily Doskow, 2013 (9781413319415)
  • Nolo's patents for beginners by David Pressman, 2015 (9781413321524)
  • Quick & legal will book by Dennis Clifford, 2014 (9781413320305)
  • Quicken Willmaker Plus 2014 : book & software kit, editor Betty Simmons Hannibal, 2013 (9781413319439)
  • Renters' rights : the basics by Janet Portman, 2015 (9781413320923)
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