California is an enormous state and the laws the that govern it are equally as expansive. This guide will cover what you need to know and point you in the direction of other legal resources that you will find particularly helpful if you’re moving to California. Below, you’ll find links to self-help legal resources, legal news, public law libraries, the California State Bar, tenant and landlord laws, HOA and property taxes and much, much more.
California State Law – A resource from the Library of Congress that has information, details and documents about California law. The site is especially helpful for people that want the full text of state laws in one easy-to-find place online.
Self Help Legal Resources – Legal information and online resources for low and middle income people in California. Topics included on the website are health, work, housing, disability, family and consumer issues.
California Legislative Information – A database that allows you to search California legal codes across a wide variety of different areas, including state codes for business, government, utilities, labor and military.
California Courts – A directory of the judicial branch of California State government. Find information about courts, news, policy, required forms and a comprehensive online self-help center.
California Legal Materials – A collection of California legal resources and research materials from Cornell University. The Cornell Law Library is one of 12 depositories in the nation for records filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
The State Bar Of California – The State Bar website has information for legal professionals as well as the public on a wide range of topics. You can search for information about California attorneys, either by name or bar number.
California Chamber of Commerce Portal – CalChamber is an advocate for businesses and human resources compliance that has some of the best information available for employment laws.
Online Business Law – A helpful guide for anyone that plans on conducting online business in California. The U.S. Small Business Administration has a clear explanation of online laws for business, as well as a rich collection of resources to reference from the article.
California Tenants & Landlords – An indispensable resource for anyone renting in California, this document details the rights and responsibilities for tenants and landlords in the state.
Understanding California Property Taxes – Property taxes can be tricky in California and it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you buy. This information offers a simple presentation of the facts, as well as in-depth explanations of what you need to know.
California Homeowner Associations – A consumer resource for education, laws and information about California homeowner associations.
California County Public Law Libraries – A listing of public law libraries throughout the state, searchable by county. There’s also a resources section and a listing of events and workshops.
California Codes & Charters – From the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, a comprehensive directory of local ordinance codes and charters for cities and counties in California.