North Carolina lawyer Janet Reed provides advice about Online Legal Research

Online Research is always complex and time-consuming. Not only must one double-check facts and figures from a number of different sources, but credibility is often an issue, notes Janet Pittman Reed in her article.
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Jan. 12, 2019 - PRLog -- In a new "how to" article, Janet P. Reed, gives advice about online research when confronted with family law or other legal issues such as expunction and driver's license restoration. Often the internet is a good start to find applicable (hardcopy) forms and instructions, but good old-fashioned manual research and review may still be required. The complete article is available on the blog of Ms. Reed at https://janetreedesq.blogspot.com/

Ms. Reed notes that manual research as well as checking records and files at a courthouse or a repository such as recorder of deeds is still necessary for many State law issues. While the internet can be a good start to identify where records may be located, manual research may be necessary in many cases.

A good starting point for any "electronic" research is a well-organized online library. For example, Georgetown University has an information website about Family Law at https://www.law.georgetown.edu/your-life-career/career-exploration-professional-development/for-jd-students/explore-legal-careers/practice-areas/family-law/.

At that website you find further references, such as Family Law Research Guide, http://guides.ll.georgetown.edu/familylaw.

Similarly, Cornell University has the Legal Information Institute online which offers a broad range of resources for family law at https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/category/family_law.

Hybrid Research: Something is online, but additional "manual" work is required: For some issues, the internet is a good starting point, but additional work may be required. For example, for the expunction (expungement) of criminal records in North Carolina, the basic forms and instructions are available online, but the petition must nevertheless be assembled in hardcopy and additional research for specific cases may be necessary.

The North Carolina Judicial Branch provides relevant information on its website at https://www.nccourts.gov/documents/forms/petition-and-order-of-expunction-under-gs-15a-1455-nonviolent-felony-or-nonviolent-misdemeanor-instructions-for-petition-and-order-of-expunction-under-gs-15a-1455-nonviolent-felony-or-nonviolent-misdemeanor, entitled "Petition And Order Of Expunction Under G.S. 15A-145.5 (Nonviolent Felony Or Nonviolent Misdemeanor); Instructions For Petition."

Janet P. Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and handles Family Law cases such as Divorce & Separation, Personal Injury, Traffic, Criminal Law, Driver's License Restoration Services, and Civil Litigation cases.

Website: https://janetreedlaw.com/
Blog: https://janetreedesq.blogspot.com/

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