Quick Guide to the Legal Information Resource Center

The Legal Information Resource Center available on our site with our other databases. LIRC is a collection of general legal guides. Some of the topics covered are divorce, rental agreements, will & estate planning, etc. These books are general how-to steps, not specific to any state or region. Entire contents of NOLO legal guides are available for the more common legal issues, such as finances, citizenship, family issues, forming a partnership. You can browse through the categories, or can type keywords into the search box in the upper-left hand corner to search these guides.

LIRC can be used to access some of the more common legal forms in the state of Illinois. To access these, from the first page of the LIRC, click on “Search by State” on the far-right hand side. On the following page, click on “PDF full text.” This will bring up a list of all 50 states. Click on “Illinois” and you can access some of the more commonly used Illinois legal forms, such as for divorce or eviction. Many of these forms are also available in Spanish. The site also gives basics instructions for legal proceedings. You can also access information regarding Illinois law, such as the Illinois Supreme Court cases, compiled state statutes, and the Illinois Constitution.

FYI, the Block Law Library is at the courthouse. They will not give legal advice but they will refer people to legal resources, and their staff speak Spanish. It’s open 9-5, Monday – Friday.