Information on legal issues is available over Internet

August 13, 1996|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

Need a lawyer? Information about closing on a house? Thinking about filing bankruptcy but don't know how?

Just log on to the Internet, where the Baltimore County Bar Association has set up shop with a home page on the World Wide Web.

"We're trying to make that information accessible to consumers," said J. Preston Turner, one of three Towson lawyers who created the site.

The association paid $200 to get the Web page started and will pay $50 a month to maintain it. Turner drafted the contents, coding documents for display.

The Web site is not intended to give specific legal advice, a disclaimer says -- but information is available on the bar association's nonprofit Lawyer Referral Service.

Plenty of other material is offered, including information on attorney fees; an explanation of the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission, which investigates complaints against lawyers; what to expect if you are called as a trial witness; and help available from title companies to settle the purchase of a home.

Historical information also is provided on county government, the courthouse and the bar association, whose records date to the typed minutes of a dinner meeting held May 21, 1920, and attended by 22 members.

In coming months information about such matters as bankruptcy and civil rights laws will be added.

"The idea is that people can go online and get the basics on Maryland law and be better equipped when they speak to their attorney" -- or when they decide to handle simple legal issues on their own, Turner said.

The Web site's address is http: //

Pub Date: 8/13/96

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