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Zimmerman's Research Guide


West Virginia

Internet links to West Virginia, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by FindLaw and WashLaw. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis, Westlaw and LOIS. Subscription services Versuslaw Fastcase have cases back to 1950; Google Scholar has cases back to 1950 for free. Supreme and appellate court cases are reported in West's South Eastern Reporter.

You can check on the status of pending bills through the West Virginia Legislature's Bill Status page. For questions about West Virginia Legislation, contact a Public Information Officer at the Office of Reference & Information.

Businesses: You can look up corporations and LLCs doing business in West Virginia using the Secretary of State's Business Organization Information System. Sole proprietors register with the West Virginia Tax Department; contact the Disclosure Office to retrieve registration information (304-558-0640).

The Secretary of State also provides Online Applications for searching registered charities, trademarks, licenses, notaries and UCC filings.

Legal Encyclopedias: For a a summary of West Virginia laws, see the multi-volume Michie's Jurisprudence of Virginia and West Virginia and/or the West Virginia State Bar Practice Handbook.

Government Agencies: The West Virginia State web site (WV.gov) links to the Governor's Office, the Legislature, the Supreme Court of Appeals and many state agencies.

Libraries: For questions or copies try calling the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals State Law Library (304-558-2607).

Public Employees Grievance Board: The Public Employees Grievance Board posts decisions, case summaries, procedures, etc. The Board's decisions are also available on Westlaw (WVLB-ADMIN).

See Also
Attorney General Opinions
Docket Sheets
Legal Ethics
State Bills and Bill Tracking
State Cases
State Constitutions
State Court Rules
State Government Agencies
State Legislative History
State Laws, generally
State Regulations and Administrative Codes
State Statutes and Codes

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