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This page lists online resources for the Rensselaer County Surrogate's Court, online resources applicable to courts generally in Rensselaer County, New York, as well as resources applicable to all courts in New York.


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New York State Trial Court Decisions
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Self help, legal research, general information

Rensselaer County Law Library
Find contact information for the F. Warren Travers Supreme Court Law Library, including location and hours of operation.
Legal Information
Legal information includes Family Law, Civil Law, Criminal Law and definitions of common legal terms. Links to local law libraries throughout New York State are included.
Legal Information and Legal Resources
Legal information is organized by topic and includes Housing, Landlord-Tenant, Family, Child Support, Juvenile, Consumer, Probate, Individual Rights, and other legal issues. Legal resources include information about the courts and community services.
Court Services
Including disability and language accommodations, interpreters, and other court services.
Definitions of Common Legal Terms
A glossary of general legal and divorce terms.
Trial Court Rules
Court rules are organized by court type and title.
Office of Court Administration
Contact information and a description of the services provided by the office. A toll-free number for court-related questions is also available.
Traffic Ticket and Motor Vehicle Information
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles answers frequently asked questions about traffic tickets, including online fine payment, license suspension and other traffic law and motor vehicle issues.
Child Support Services
The New York State Division of Child Support Enforcement offers information and services relation to child support, including paternity establishment and enforcement of child support orders.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution provides a list of alternative dispute resolution court based programs, information about ADR, and links to private ADR organizations and other resources.
Guardianship and Fiduciary Information
View information for court-appointed guardians and other types of fiduciaries such as attorneys for incapacitated persons, guardians ad litem, receivers, and law guardians for children. Training resources, laws, forms, summaries of relevant cases, and a Guardian ad Litem Manual are included.
Legal Publications
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Litigant Resources
View a variety of resources for litigants in New York courts, including a Criminal Justice System Handbook, Landlord-Tenant Trial Guides, transcription and interpreting services, a Guide to Court Services, and more.
Court Information
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Law Libraries Online Catalog
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New York Laws
Search and browse the laws of New York State: Consolidated Laws, Unconsolidated Laws, Court Acts, Senate and Assembly Rules, the Constitution of New York, and the New York City Charter and Administrative Code.
Surrogate's Court Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about Surrogate's Court in New York, including court procedures, wills, estates, guardianships, and adoptions.
Rural Legal Resources
The Rural Law Center provides self-help guides, forms, and samples geared toward low-income rural residents. Topics include going to court, service of court papers, small claims, family matters, housing, and mediation.
New York State Adoption Records Search
View information on searching New York State adoption records, including Adoption Information Registry forms.

Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral

Legal Aid Northeastern New York
Contact the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York for free civil legal help for low-income residents of Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montogmery, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington Counties.
The Legal Project
View information about the Capital District Women's Bar Association Legal Project, which provides free civil legal assistance in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties on a variety of matters including domestic violence and housing.
Find Lawyer Referral Services
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Find Free Legal Assistance
View a directory of organizations offering free legal services to eligible clients, listed by name or service area.
Information about Attorneys
Including information about Client Rights and Responsibilities, the Attorney Grievance Committee and Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution.
New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral
Request a lawyer referral by county from the New York State Bar Association. Referral is free; there may be a fee for an initial consultation with a lawyer.
New York State Public Defender List
View a list of all Public Defender offices by county, provided by the New York State Defenders Association.
New York State Attorney Search
Search for a lawyer in New York State by name.
Rural Law Center Legal Help
View contact information for the Rural Law Center, or complete and submit an online form, to request legal assistance for low-income rural residents.
Women Lawyers
View a directory of Women's Bar Association of New York members.

Forms and related information

Online Court Forms
View and download court forms arranged by topic, kind of case, and court. Topics include Family Law, Uncontested Divorce, and Civil. Kinds of cases include Orders of Protection, Paternity, Custody/Visitation, Guardianship, Support, Name Change, Estates, Probate, Consumer Debt, and Housing. Courts include Family Court, Surrogate's Court, Supreme Court, and NYC Civil Court. Links to additional forms are provided.
Online Forms and Filing Fee Information
View and download forms and view filing fees for various courts. Forms for statewide use include Family Court, Domestic Violence, Surrogate's Court, Matrimonial/Divorce, Criminal, Attorney-Client Fee Dispute, DWI Ignition Interlock, Name Change, Employment, Request for Judicial Intervention, Interview of Treating Physician, and Health Insurance. Some local court forms are included.
Do-It-Yourself Statewide Forms
Use an interactive computer program to fill out forms for use in various courts.
Surrogate's Court Forms
View and download forms for use in Surrogate's Court, including forms for accounting, administration, adoption, guardianship, probate, small estates, wrongful death, and other procedures.

For information on other public records in Rensselaer County, New York see the Rensselaer County, New York Public Records Directory
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