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Many companies aggregate public information generated by government entities and repackage it for a profit.  Sometimes this is done by posting public data, forms, or other information on a website that has been optimized with common search phrases so it will appear at the top of an internet search. These businesses generate revenue by selling advertising around it, or they charge consumers directly for this convenience of downloading a form on demand.  For someone who has a legal need, they may be pressed for time or emotionally distressed. They end up entering a credit card number, paying for something that they do not have to. While this is not illegal, the public does not have to pay for this information.

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries’ website has links to basic forms that are freely available online.

A list of free Massachusetts legal forms that do not need to be filed in court may be accessed from this link.  These include forms pertaining to employment, health care proxies, motor vehicle accidents, name changes, sales, taxes, titles, and more.

A list of Massachusetts court forms may be accessed at this link.  A search may be constructed by a legal topic, by court, or by keyword.

If someone is in need of information about state laws, a government website such as the Massachusetts Court System likely makes this accessible online.  If you have further questions about Massachusetts legal resources, there are multiple ways to ask a law librarian at the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries, or stop by in person.

 

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