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Legal Reference Explanations, Details and Disclaimers

Online Chat:

When you come to us by Online Chat, a law librarian will conduct a reference interview in enough detail to be able to identify the issues and select materials that are most likely to help you find an answer. We may suggest web sites for you to visit, forward relevant information to you from a database, recommend books on a topic, or direct you to the most convenient law library for in-person assistance.

If you do not receive an immediate chat response, stay on the line until your turn or come back at your convenience.

We are not attorneys and are unable to give legal advice, advise you about a specific course of action, or interpret laws, regulations or cases. You, the patron, must read, analyze and interpret the material in the light of your own situation, and decide what action to take. Complex legal questions are outside the scope of these services and you will be advised to use the services of an attorney. In some cases, there is no answer unless you file a case in court and let a judge decide the issue. See: Limits of Legal Reference.

Any communication (written or oral) from patrons involving offensive, insulting or abusive language, including (but not limited to) name calling, profane and/or disrespectful language, will result in immediate suspension of library service.

Email Form

When you come to us by email, a law librarian will help identify the issues and select materials that are most likely to help you find an answer. We may suggest web sites for you to visit, forward relevant information to you from a database, recommend books on a topic, or direct you to the most convenient law library for in-person assistance.

On weekdays, we will continually monitor incoming questions and we will answer them within a few hours but no longer than 24 hours (except weekends and holidays), depending on the complexity of the legal question.

We are not attorneys and are unable to give legal advice, advise you about a specific course of action, or interpret laws, regulations or cases. You, the patron, must read, analyze and interpret the material in the light of your own situation, and decide what action to take. Complex legal questions are outside the scope of these services and you will be advised to use the services of an attorney. In some cases, there is no answer unless you file a case in court and let a judge decide the issue. See: Limits of Legal Reference.

Any communication (written or oral) from patrons involving offensive, insulting or abusive language, including (but not limited to) name calling, profane and/or disrespectful language, will result in immediate suspension of library service.

Telephone

When you come to us by telephone, a law librarian will conduct a reference interview in enough detail to be able to identify the issues and select materials that are most likely to help you find an answer. We may suggest web sites for you to visit, forward relevant information to you from a database, recommend books on a topic, or direct you to the most convenient law library for in-person assistance.

We are not attorneys and are unable to give legal advice, advise you about a specific course of action, or interpret laws, regulations or cases. You, the patron, must read, analyze and interpret the material in the light of your own situation, and decide what action to take. Complex legal questions are outside the scope of these services and you will be advised to use the services of an attorney. In some cases, there is no answer unless you file a case in court and let a judge decide the issue. See: Limits of Legal Reference.

Any communication (written or oral) from patrons involving offensive, insulting or abusive language, including (but not limited to) name calling, profane and/or disrespectful language, will result in immediate suspension of library service.