|As a service to the public, the MSBA provides general legal information on a variety of topics through a series of free consumer pamphlets. These brief brochures answer frequently asked questions about adoption law, landlord-tenant law, real estate transactions, bankruptcy, workers compensation, social security disability, probate, drunk driving law, making a will, organizing a business, auto collisions, being a good witness, divorce and separation, domestic abuse, mediation and other dispute resolution procedures, and attorneys' fees.
The information provided is general, and not intended as legal advice. The facts of each individual case or matter determine the application of law, and specific questions are best answered by an attorney. If you need referral to one, the Maine State Bar Association's Lawyer Referral & Information Service can assist you at 1-800-860-1460 or (via e-mail) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Legal Information Pages
In addition to the educational publications, above, which are posted in a printable pamphlet format, the Lawyer Referral and Information Service is continually adding pages of information regarding areas of law for which our service gets calls. Each page provides an overview of the legal issue addressed, and also a glossary of related terms or a list of important points to remember while assessing your situation. As always, written information should be regarded as useful background only, and is never a substitute for consulting with an attorney about your specific situation.
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|Ask A Lawyer is a column, provided by the Maine State Bar Association, offered to and in cooperation with several Maine newspapers. In the columns, lawyers answer questions posed by readers on subjects of general interest. The views expressed in columns are those of the author. To submit a question, contact AAL@mainebar.org. Responses will be made by placing your question (without identifying you) in an upcoming column, and answering it there. So please note in your e-mail in which publication you read our column, so we can send our reply to the right place.
An archive of past Ask A Lawyer questions will be available in the near future.
Ask A Lawyer questions are written to provide general legal information. Questions are answered as a public service of the Maine State Bar Association. They are not meant to take the place of legal information and should not be relied upon for advice in a specific case. Note that information in the responses is current as of the date of publication, but may have changed over time. The reader should therefore verify the accuracy of the information contained therein. If you need a referral to an attorney, the Maine State Bar Associationís Lawyer Referral & Information Service is available to assist you. For more information, call 1-800-860-1460 or email email@example.com.
|The MSBA publishes other useful materials as well, notably an annual 64-page booklet titled On
Your Own, written and annually updated by volunteers of the MSBA Community and Public Relations Committee as a guide to adulthood for newly graduating high school seniors. On Your Own's publication and distribution costs are underwritten by MSBA members and dedicated donations from public-spirited Maine businesses, law firms and lawyers, making possible the delivery of about 25,000 copies each spring to young adults throughout the state.
Your Own covers the rights and responsibilities of adulthood, including: being a citizen; college, military and job decisions; personal relationships; money management; buying and maintaining a car, renting an apartment and dealing with landlords; rules of the road; credit ratings and reports; warranties and other consumer issues; arrest procedures; Maine courts; and more.
Single copies of On
Your Own can be ordered by calling the MSBA at 1-800-475-7523. High schools seeking large orders for their graduating seniors must order in advance. On Your Own is also immediately available here as a download in pdf format. To view and download it, you will need free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.