Law Blog

10/08/2015 - 10:58am
A goblet across the pages of Romeo and Juliet

When you first approach reading Shakespeare, it can be a daunting experience. Even though I grew up reading books with similar language, I still found Shakespeare difficult unless I had a teacher holding my hand every step of the way. I could just about understand the basic plot line and even some of the language, but many of the jokes, the history, and the language went over my head.

Over the years, I have found several things helpful in reading Shakespeare’s plays. With these aids, I am able to enjoy Shakespeare so much more than before as well as understand the plays at a deeper level.

06/05/2014 - 10:44am
Divorce Form Packets

At this time, divorce form packets are not being provided to the public by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.This is because none of the local jurisdictions have as yet compiled divorce form packets. Other jurisdictions have, however. 

So, if you are in urgent need you can go online to one or more of the following jurisdictional web sites where you will find examples of divorce forms that might be adaptable to your situation:

10/16/2012 - 3:31am

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.

10/15/2012 - 9:24am
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

05/24/2012 - 7:18pm
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.

10/31/2011 - 3:46pm

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.

06/28/2011 - 8:39am

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.

02/16/2011 - 1:20pm
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 or by calling 1-888-767-6738. Be aware that changing the amount of withholdings will not change your tax liability.

01/10/2011 - 1:51pm
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

01/03/2011 - 3:33pm

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.


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