Law Blog

VLRS

No. Although there are many good local lawyers, CRRL librarians cannot make referrals.

But help is available at the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service, 1-800-552-7977.

Your call to the VLRS will be answered by a referral specialist who will request your name, address, a daytime phone number, and a brief description of your problem. Based on this information, you will be provided with the name and telephone number of a lawyer in your area who has indicated a particular interest in handling your type of problem.

The Way We Were

Read a law book for fun?! Yes, believe it or not!

The CRRL Law Library has a 60-year-old law book in its collection that is actually fun to read. The Code of the City of Fredericksburg Virginia 1952 occasionally lets you glimpse what life was like here long ago, in a quieter, slower time.

Take a peek at some of its provisions:

"it shall be unlawful to have, keep, raise or maintain bees within the city limits." Sec. 4-5

Legal Forms on Demand

“Do you have the divorce forms?” That question’s not as easy to answer as you might think -- but CRRL can probably help!

“How do I get an annulment in Virginia?” “Is there a form I can use to change my name?” “Can I file for bankruptcy without a lawyer?” “Is there a list of local domestic violence shelters?”

Grab-and-go forms and flyers dealing with all these legal matters, and many, many others, are now available at the CRRL Law Library.

The Law Library has a limited number of copies of the excellent booklet, "Understanding Your Domestic Relations Rights in Virginia 2010-2011" to give away to the general public.

Prepared specially for non-lawyers by the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, the booklet provides clear and up-to-date answers to many of the most commonly asked questions about adoption, paternity, family violence, divorce, spousal and child support, custody and visitation, property settlements, and etc.

Get your copy by contacting the Law Librarian at 540-372-1144, ext. 238.

Easy access to local codes and ordinances is just the sort of thing that we've come to expect from the Internet. The City of Fredericksburg, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County and Westmoreland County  -- all now have their codes available on line.

But for those times when on-line won't do, there are printed copies of all these codes available in the Law Library, where CRRL staff members can also assist you in using them.

Federal worker's annuity checks shrinking

Due to increased federal withholding, federal workers will see a lower number on their annuity checks. Higher health insurance premiums and no cost-of-living adjustments for two years make this change even more noticable.

Retirees can affect the amount of their checks bu adjusting their federal tax withholding deductions at www.opm.gov/retire or by calling 1-888-767-6738. Be aware that changing the amount of withholdings will not change your tax liability.

Tax links

Aside from the federal taxes, residents also have to pay state taxes. Below are a few useful links that will help you prepare your Virginia state tax return.

Virginia Department of Taxation : Find forms and instructions for individuals and businesses.

Virginia Tax Rate Schedule and Tax Table : Taxes at a glance

Tax Table Calculator : Use this calculator to compute your Virginia tax amount based on your taxable income.

2010 Resident 760 : Resident Individual Income Tax Booklet

It's that time of the year again: The IRS wants our money, or, if we are lucky, will send us a check to give back some of those hard-earned dollars. But let's be honest: Tax time can be stressful, and tax forms can be quite confusing.

That's why the library offers free instruction booklets for your 2010 Federal Income Taxes as well as the Form 1040EZ.

Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you would like to know what the law says about a certain topic. But where to start? And how? Law and everything related can be so intimidating: it seems complicated, overwhelming, unorganized, contradicting …
But fear not! Your law library is here to help.
In addition to important and up-to-date print resources, the CRRL offers its patrons access to Westlaw, one of the leading legal research databases.

Ever wondered how to get started with your research on business information, especially on how to start your own business, where to get facts and statistics from, etc.? Have you given up after a short while because it seems that the Web either does not provide what you need or that every single business resource costs money?
 
Well, there is another way to obtain business information right from the comfort of your home ... and for absolutely no fee!
 
This pathfinder will help you navigate selected United States Government Business Information Sources, regarded as the most credible and up-to-date information source in the ever-changing environment of the Web. Many users are not aware of the wealth of information that our government provides to the general public for free. But, admittedly, it can get quite confusing. With so many operating agencies it seems like an impossible task to track down exactly what you need.