Legal Resources

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is committed to helping the community find access to accurate legal forms, guidance and research. Staff are not able to provide legal counsel or guidance but will instead help customers find the right resource for them.

Need A Form? 

Kansas Judicial Council Free Legal Forms
Free legal forms used in legal proceedings including divorce, name change, and child support.

Kansas Legal Services Free Legal Forms
Free, interactive legal forms with easy-to-answer questions. Website offers a live chat feature and option to highlight legal terms to help users better understand the forms. Their focus is on helping low to moderate income residents of Kansas.

Third Judicial District Court Shawnee County Free Court Forms
Free legal forms related to court proceedings in Shawnee County.

University of Kansas Wheat Law Library Free Legal Forms
Access free legal forms including landlord and tenant, medical decision making, and wills, trusts and estates.

Stormont Vail Health Durable Power of Attorney and Living Will
Free downloadable Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney forms.

University of Kansas Health Systems Durable Power of Attorney
Free download of Durable Power of Attorney form.

Kansas Bar Association-Durable Power of Attorney for Health
Free download of Durable Power of Attorney for Health.

Have Legal Questions?

Washburn University Law Clinic
Specially licensed law students acting under the close supervision of clinic faculty attorneys represent individuals who are unable to pay for legal services. The Washburn Law Clinic functions as an in-house general practice law firm, providing representation in practice concentration areas. The Washburn Law Clinic generally handles cases pending in the geographical confines of Shawnee County. The Law Clinic is unable to give legal advice or answer questions unless you are a current client.

Kansas Bar Association
This organization provides educational resources for personal use and ways to research legal counsel. They offer a database of KBA member-lawyers and a reference line to speak with a live operator if a person is prepared to hire an attorney at their normal rate. They also partner with Kansas Legal Services to provide free legal assistance to low-income clients.

Elder Law Hotline
Elder Law Hotline is a project of Kansas Legal Services. Hotline attorneys answer questions in civil cases for Kansans age 60 or older. Cases may be referred to a local Senior Citizens Law Project attorney or a private attorney. Elder Hotline: 888-353-5337

Kansas Legal Services
A non-profit law firm and community education organization providing legal and mediation services throughout the state. Their website provides resources on a variety of legal topics and free interactive forms.  In addition, you can apply for  services from a lawyer in civil legal matters, which is available based on income and legal problem type. Application may be made by phone or online.

Third Judicial District, Shawnee County
Access information related to Jury Duty, look through Public Access court records, and learn about all Docket schedules.

City of Topeka Municipal Court
Resources on this page may assist people in dealing with a traffic ticket or criminal charges (misdemeanors) that have occurred in Topeka.

Want to Research More? 

Washburn Law Library
Washburn Law Library is open to the public and offers on-site access to an array of state, federal, and international legal materials. Professional law librarians are available to help with research questions weekdays during normal business hours. The library’s website lists options for contacting these librarians; it also provides a selection of legal research guides and access to the library’s online catalog.

University of Kansas Wheat Law Library
Conduct research, get legal research assistance with their Ask A Law Librarian feature, or discover new research and study guides.

Legal Databases
Information on current issues, studies as well as articles in all major law reviews, law journals, and legal newspapers.

 

A Notary Public is available at the Library from 9 AM-5 PM Monday thru Friday. Customers can ask for a Notary at the Customer Service desk and will be shown our private room for Notary use. Please have all necessary documents and identification materials ready prior to your Notary request. If you need to print something from the computer or your phone, your first two pages are free each day. Additional pages cost $0.10/page for a black and white print, and $0.50/page for full color. Please ask staff if you need assistance.