How Estate Planning Helps You – HERA – ACLL September 21, 2017

How Estate Planning Helps You – While You Are Alive and Afterward will be a program offered by HERA – Housing & Economic Rights Advocates at Alameda County Law Library on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Noon.

The HERA staff attorneys will explain key concerns and key documents that will help you address handling your belongings and your health the way you want to.

Those documents include:

  • Living trust
  • Will
  • Power of attorney
  • Advance health care directive
  • Transfer on death documents for certain kinds of accounts

About the Speakers: 

Aeyoung Kim is a staff attorney at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) providing estate planning services and probate assistance.  Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Kim worked for 11 years in the Superior Court of San Diego County, primarily in the Probate Division as a Probate Examiner. Ms. Kim is bilingual in Korean and English.

Kendra Bowen is a staff attorney at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) providing estate planning services.  With her Juris Doctor from UC Hastings School of Law, Ms. Bowen also brings general litigation and real estate experience.

$5.00 Registration Fee

Online registration at http://bit.ly/2heraestateplanning

 

Immi.org

Alameda County Law Library has received a supply of wallet-sized cards from immi.org that reminds anyone questioned by immigration or law enforcement officers that they have rights.

The cards will be available – while the supply lasts – on the table across from the Reference Desk.

Finding California Notaries – The Listing From The Secretary of State’s Office

Searching for California notaries

At the Alameda County Law Library reference desk, patrons frequently ask where to find a notary to serve as an impartial witness to the signing of important legal documents as required under state law.  Notaries are publicly commissioned as “ministerial” officials, meaning that they are expected to follow written rules without the exercise of significant personal discretion, as would otherwise be the case with a “judicial” official.  Notaries are licensed by the California Secretary of State’s (SOS) office.

We don’t offer notarial services at ACLL just as we do not provide legal advice.  How to find a notary?  A internet search for “notary” and the name of your city will pull up contact information for services.  A search on the web site, Yelp, will bring up listings.  At the reference desk, we can offer business Yellow Pages.  (Yes, they still print those.)  Individuals who are notaries may work “in-house” at government organizations, bank branches, or real estate agencies.  They may also work for  businesses that specialize in notary services or business support services companies such as Federal Express or UPS stores.  Because notaries work within so many different professions, there is not a professional organization web site – such as the California Association of Legal Document Assistants has set up – to help the consumer locate a professional.

Unlike what the California State Bar does for the attorneys they licensed, the SOS does not provide a user-friendly search screen to help a consumer locate or identify a person who is in good standing to perform the duties required by a notary.  The SOS does have an up-to-date statewide list of notaries.  But, this text list includes all notaries (150,000+) including the in-house notaries who do not make their services available to the public.   This list is available only by downloading the full text file with its fields designated by tags.  After you download, you are left with a huge text file to sort through for data.  There is too much data to download to an Excel spreadsheet.   If you have access to Microsoft’s Access database software, you can import the information and then sort the data by geographic location and other search strategies.  (The code for Alameda County is 01.)

We can hope that in the near future, the  SOS will make searching through the file simpler for the non-techies as other state agencies have done for court reporters and interpreters.

Here is the information from the SOS web page describing how to work with its file:

For a list of notaries public who hold active notary public commissions simply download this compressed file (ZIP). After decompressing the file, the file can be opened with any text editor. However, for optimum utility, import the active-notary.txt file into a database to permit better searching and sorting capability, since the number of records exceeds the maximum record limit for most spreadsheet programs.

The active-notary.txt file, which is updated daily, includes:

 

 

 

Congressional Record – Additional Digital Resources

Research news alert from the HeinOnline’s blog – Additions to the internet federal legislative history resources

The GPO has recently partnered with the Library of Congress to release an authenticated digital version of historical issues of the bound Congressional Record from Volume 97 (1951) to  Volume 153 (2007).  The issues are now available to the public via the GPO’s website.  The project digitized more than a million pages, covering debates and proceedings of the 81st through the 105th Congresses.  Search capabilities are also provided.

The Congressional Record was first published in 1873 and is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published by the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO) and issued when Congress is in session.  Indexes are issued approximately every two weeks.  At the end of a session of Congress, the daily editions are compiled in bound volumes constituting the permanent edition.

The Record is the most complete and accurate account of congressional matters to date.  At the end of each session of Congress, all of the daily editions are collected, re-paginated, and re-indexed into a permanent, bound edition.  This permanent edition, referred to as the Congressional Record (Bound Edition), is made up of one volume per session of Congress, with each volume published in multiple parts, each part containing approximately 10 to 20 days of Congressional proceedings.  The primary ways in which the bound edition differs from the daily edition are continuous pagination; somewhat edited, revised, and rearranged text; and the dropping of the prefixes H, S, and E before page numbers.

The Congressional Record consists of four sections:

  • Daily Digest
  • House section
  • Senate section
  • Extension of Remarks

What about coverage after 1998?

This site provides access to the text of the Congressional Record from Volume 140 (1994) to present.  The text is available by browsing but is not presented as PDFs of the bound volumes.

Before 1951?

The Internet Archive has a collection of the older Congressional Record.  Congressional Record – Bound (1873 to 1993 via Internet Archive – Search Title and Date then Browse volume parts and Find words and phrases – Magnify, Browse, Download)

Also Google Books, Congressional Record – Bound (1873 to current via Google Books – Search then Browse selected pages with some pages or whole volume parts missing and unsearchable) Print and online sources

The Legislative Research Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., Inc. (LLSDC) as part of its Legislative Source Book has a list on the web entitled “Sources for the Congressional Record: Free and Commercial” (http://www.llsdc.org/sources-for-the-congressional-record–free-and-commercial).  The website contains a list with links to most all online sources for the Congressional Record, free and commercial, with dates of coverage, including the bound Record, the daily edition, the Congressional Record Index, and predecessors to the Congressional Record.  Also included are brief notations about search, browse, print, and cite retrieval capabilities of the sources as well information on libraries with paper and microform issues.  Finally there are a number of links to aid researchers in understanding the Congressional Record, its history, its volume numbers, and what is or is not included in the pages of the Record

Going back further?

The Congressional Record goes back to only 1873.  Before 1873, congressional debates were catalogued in the Annals of Congress (1789-1824), Register of Debates (1824-1837) and Congressional Globe (1833-1873).

Prime Day – Support ACLL By Shopping On Amazon

Amazon’s third-annual Prime Day is on Tuesday, July 11 and will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year.  Make the choice to shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Alameda County Law Library.

When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to ACLL  Shop for great deals at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6000109

 

California Court Interpreters – How To Find

In California, the most diverse state in the country:

  • Over 200 languages are spoken.
  • 44% of households speak a language other than English.
  • Nearly 7 million speak English “less than very well.”
  • 19% of Californians cannot access the court system without language help.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (2015)

Court interpreters

The California court system is aware of the diversity that exists within our state and is taking steps to provide services to all.  The California Judicial Council has a web page that allows you to search for a language interpreter who is in good standing with the court systems.

The search function available on the site allows you to search by language (including American Sign Language) and county.  The complete list of languages falls into two categories – certified and registered.

The results list provides name and contact information for the professional.

Use the Judicial Council Master List to search for court certified, registered and enrolled interpreters who are in good standing with the Judicial Council.  Interpreters included on the Master List have passed the required exams and officially applied with the Judicial Council.  For more information about the certification/registration process refer to California Government Code Sections 68561- 68562.

Written documents

Government Code §27293 permits California county clerks to certify documents translated into English only if the document has been translated by American Translators Association certified translators, California Certified Court Interpreters, or California Registered Interpreters.  California Certified Court or Registered Interpreters are authorized in a judicial proceeding to interpret orally the verbal content of documents, but the Judicial Council does not otherwise test or certify an interpreter’s written translation skills.

Complete information can be found on the California Judicial Council’s website at http://www.courts.ca.gov/35273.htm.