Solana Beach, CA Legal Research & Using AI Tools

Solana Beach, California 92075

Legal Research In Solana Beach, CA

Traditional Legal Research Tools

I've been tracking free law resources on the web since the dawn of the internet. Here are the best resources that can give you free access to statutes, case law, procedures, and forms at the federal, state, and local levels.



5 Tips For Using ChatGPT 4.0 To Research Local Law and Procedure

1. It's all about the prompts, about the prompts...

ChatGPT is only as smart as you prompt it to be. 

  • If you ask a general question, you'll get a general answer.
  • If you ask a specific question, you'll get a specific answer.
  • But if you ask a specific question that it doesn't know, it may give you an answer anyway and it may well be wrong

So it's important to ask questions that make sense and are in sufficient detail to get quality answers, and even then, you have to check them.

How you ask the question matters a lot. The more you phrase your question using legally precise terminology, the more likely you will get a good response.

2. Always ask for "citations," and be clear about whether you mean URLs or statutes, and then check to see if the citations are real

One tip is to ask for citations, which sometimes will give you just a URL to a website. If you want citations to California law or statutes, it's better to spell that out. If you want both, say so. more...  

ChatGPT Prompts for Bankruptcy and Debt Collection Law & Procedure In San Diego County, California

What's This?

ChatGPT is a  powerful tool, capable of giving consumers a wealth of useful information -- or a bunch of malarky if you don't use it carefully.

In this article, we'll share with you the prompts that work best for researching bankruptcy and debt and credit law and procedure that applies to  Solana Beach, CA. 

We can't guarantee you'll get accurate results, but we're pretty sure that if you copy and paste these prompts into ChatGPT 4.0, you'll get useful results to speed up your research. 

The prompts are grouped by "use cases,"... that is, situations you might want to research.  

ChatGPT 4.0 Prompts on Debt and Bankruptcy Law

Here's a starter set of prompts that we believe will yield useful results for your location.

We offer prompts about:

  • Foreclosure procedures in California
  • Processes for attachment or removal of liens from property, and the procedures for how to "perfect" a lien, and how to follow local procedures to look for defects in liens that may be on your property. 

This article assumes you have read the articles on this site about the possible shortcomings of ChatGPT and how to check the responses that ChatGPT gives you. more...  

ChatGPT Prompts for Probate and Property Transfer Procedures When Someone Dies in California

ChatGPT 4.0 Prompts on Probate Procedures

We’ve assembled a starter set of prompts that will yield useful results for your location.

This article assumes you have read the articles on this site about the possible shortcomings of ChatGPT and how to check the responses that ChatGPT gives you.

It also assumes that you are paying the $20 monthly required to use ChatGPT 4.0. We do not recommend using the free version 3.5 for legal research because it is too unreliable. Version 4.0 is different and is still not perfect but 10X better. 

In our experiments, these prompts yielded useful, correct responses in the vast majority of cases. And that’s worth a lot. And with some checking, you can improve those odds and learn if the law has been updated. Using ChatGPT, and checking its results with other online research tools, can make it a very reliable way to quickly learn about state and local inheritance laws and procedures. more...  

5 Best Free Online Legal Research Tools for Self-Represented Consumers

The JusticeTech and Access to Justice tech fields are growing by leaps and bounds. 

I've been involved in this effort since I graduated from law school 40 years ago. We we are now at a brink of a new age of access to justice with technology offering many opportunities to increase access to justice like never before.

We will try to keep this article up to date with the latest tools that we know of that are available to help people navigate the legal system.

Here’s a list of our favorites.

LawHelp Interactive

Part of a LegalServices initiative to help self-helpers in every state gain access to automated forms and information that can help them handle their routine legal matters.

Even though Nolo is now owned by KKR hedge fund, it still manages to put out good books in the spirit of its founders, back in the 80s and 90s when I worked for this pioneering organization that led the development of self-help legal products in the USA.

This site has arisen from nowhere and now offers many do-it-your-self forms in all 50 states. In addition, they offer helpful articles and videos that explain simple non-contested procedural aspects of law. more...  

Researching Student Loan Hardship Cases Using Google Bard

At first, Google Bard seemed quite good when we asked it to find bankruptcy judges that have ruled in favor of student loan debtors in 'undue hardship' cases, it found quite a few. But once we started checking, we found that 4 out of every 5 cases were not real. (We have left the original Bard reports for illustration and formatted the incorrect information with Strikethrough formatting).

Why does the judge's name matter when asking about undue hardship cases?

Why did we ask the question this way? Because "undue hardship" is a concept like "negligence," each case involves a mix of law and fact. 

In the federal courts, trial judges are given great deference in findings of fact. A determination that "undue hardship" exists is a finding of fact, assuming the correct legal standards are applied. 

In such cases, the judge you have for your bankruptcy case has much to do with your likelihood of success as your facts; the judge must be inclined to rule in favor of people like you in undue hardship cases like yours. Not all judges are alike.

So, if you're considering attempting an undue hardship discharge and decide to file, check whether any bankruptcy judges in your district have ever ruled in favor of a student loan case.

We decided to try Google Bard to see if it could help. Here's what happened... more...