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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Rensselaer County Surrogate's Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Rensselaer County, New York, and resources applicable to all courts in New York.
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Case Records Requests
View information on requesting case records from the court clerk, including fees for copies, inspection for free at the clerk's office, and trial transcripts.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Legal Opinions
Search New York Attorney General legal opinions from 1995 to current.
New York State Trial Court Decisions
View published New York State trial court opinions by date and case name; or search opinions and motions by name, decision date, court, docket number, judge, citation, or keyword. Not all trial court decisions are published.
Forms and related information
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, Divorce, Criminal, and various general and procedural forms. Some local court forms are included.
Use an interactive computer program to fill out forms for use in various courts. Forms are organized by case type, program/form name, and court.
Online fine payments
Pay Child Support
Pay New York child support payments online. A fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Surrogate's Court Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about Surrogate's Court in New York, including use of attorneys, estates, wills, when proceedings are necessary, guardianships, and adoption records.
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.
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.
Supreme Court and Surrogate's Court Electronic Filing
View information about electronic filing of some types of cases in Supreme Courts and Surrogate's Courts in some counties. Instructions, lists of counties and case types, and online training are included. Registration is required.
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.
Child Support Services
The New York State Division of Child Support Enforcement offers information and services related to child support, including paternity establishment and enforcement of child support orders.
Definitions of Common Legal Terms
View a glossary of general legal and divorce terms.
Law Library Information
View locations of county law libraries, library services including an online catalog of trial court law libraries, glossaries of legal terms, document request, and links to additional online resources.
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.
View and download publications and videos about various legal topics, including alternative dispute resolution, courts, family law, housing issues, self-representation, and many others.
New York Laws
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Self-Help Legal Information
View information about going to court, the court system, how to get help, how to find the correct court, information about various legal topics, a court locator, a glossary of legal terms, a link to forms, and locations of local help centers.
Traffic Ticket and Motor Vehicle Information
View information from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles about driver licensing, registration, insurance, and driving records. Click "TICKETS, POINTS & PENALTIES" near the middle of the menu bar for detailed information about traffic tickets, including online fine payment and pleas, points, penalties, license suspensions, parking tickets, and the Point and Insurance Reduction Program that allows some offenders to reduce points and insurance premiums by taking a classroom or online safe driving course.
Trial Court Rules
View the Uniform Rules for New York State Trial Courts by court type and topic.
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.
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.
Find Free Legal Assistance
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Information about Attorneys
View information about client rights and responsibilities, the Attorney Grievance Committee, and the Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program.
New York State Attorney Search
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New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral
The New York State Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone, which includes an initial consultation with a lawyer. Referral is free; a nominal fee is charged for the consultation for most types of cases, although it is free for certain types of cases. The service includes most counties; contacts and links to services in the remaining counties are provided.
New York State Public Defenders and Family Court Parent Representatives
View a list of all Public Defender offices by county, and Family Court parent representatives, provided by the New York State Defenders Association.
View a directory of Women's Bar Association of New York members.