Wyoming Access to Justice (A2J) Using AI & Other Online Tools

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Access to Justice In Wyoming

Welcome

We've been tracking free online law resources since the dawn of the Internet.* And here we are, 29 years later, still giving our two cents about the best way to access to statutes, case law, procedures, and forms at the federal, state, and county level.

*  Law on the Net, Nolo Press, 1st ed, October, 1995, 2nd ed. January, 1997

AI Tools

Best Traditional Websites

 

AI Tools & ChatGPT:
Do They Work for Legal Research?

If you’ve read any news lately, you've heard about how generative AI tools like ChatGPT will change how America works.

The Next Generation of  “Access To Justice” Tools For Consumers Has Arrived

Consumers can now use AI tools like ChatGPT 4, Microsoft CoPilot, Claude 2.0 (Amazon/Anthropic), Perplexity.ai and Google Gemini to get answers to questions about law and procedure.

As of this writing (February 2024), these AI chatbots have tremendous potential to empower consumers by quickly and clearly delivering local information about the laws and procedures they need to succeed in handling their own routine legal affairs.

What AI Is Good For

Helping People Access Legal Knowledge and Remedies Through a Conversational Experience

AI is good at taking questions from any starting point, and then generating followup questions to help you flesh out your knowledge of relevant legal rights, and the procedures to enforce those rights.

Providing Step by Step procedures

Generative AI generally does good job of breaking things into steps, especially if you specifically ask for steps, and you're asking about a process that is well-established.

Where AI Still Needs Work

Avoiding wrong answers

AI is still like a spreadsheet that is 95% accurate; you can't totally rely on it, but it gets most things right most of the time. Sometimes it either makes things up, or scrambles things by including laws from other jurisdictions that do not apply, or basing its answer on outdated information on the web. So you need to check any AI generated answer before relying on it. We show you ways to do that.

AI is intelligent, but not wise, but it does know how to make a good argument

Law has nuance, and its language is precise and changing words can change meaning. AI is may not be sensitive to this.

Knowing what to ask

AI works best when you know how to prompt it in such a way that is most likely to generate accurate answers that give you up to date legal information for your jurisdiction. That's where our prompt library comes in...

AI prompts for learning about law and procedure in Wyoming

In this experimental section, we plan to curate a growing library of AI prompts that, in our experience, will deliver pretty accurate results for you most of the time. As AI engines get better we're constantly reviewing and tweaking these prompts to deliver useful answers to you.

  • Debt & Credit 
    • Bankruptcy
    • Debt Collection
    • Liens and Property
    • Secured Debts
  • Inheritance Law
    • What's needed at death
    • How probate works
    • Faster options for small estates
    • How to record property transfers in your county
  • Student Loan Prompts
    • What are the latest federal income-based repayment programs?
    • What are the existing loan-forgiveness programs and who to qualifies for them?
    • State-specific loan forgiveness programs?
  • Personal Injury (coming soon)
    • What a personal injury lawyer will want to know from you and why

Prompts to avoid (because of faulty answers)

Our experiments have demonstrated that some kinds of prompt-based research,  asking about case law, are very likely to produce so many fake results that makes relying on them problematic.

Traditional Legal Research Tools: Best Websites

Even in this new world of AI, there is still a role for traditional legal research websites like this one. Here are the sites we find most useful.

State Law (Wyoming)

  1. CaseText Library of State Codes and Regulations:  (LC Rating: 10 out of 10)
    • Codes and Regulations
      The 50-state collection "/library" is a fantastic repository of up-to-date, free (for now) state codes for every state, including Wyoming. It's the best resource out there for primary law research. Who knows If it will remain free under its new ownership.
  2. Justia: Owned and operated by Tim Stanley, a pioneer of the "free law" movement, Tim has offered consumers free access to federal case law and statutes since the dawn of web browsers, first as the founder of FIndLaw, and then, for the past 20 years, as the owner and operator of Justia.
    • Wyoming Law- Repository of state laws and regulations. 
  3. Nolo: Nolo has been writing plain English summaries of consumer law since 1971. It's still is the best place for:
  4. NCSL (The National Council of State Legislatures) This site offers outstanding 50-state surveys of laws on a variety of topics, where you can find information on:
  5. NCLC (The National Consumer Law Center) This is primarily a paid site for attorneys, but they offer a few free, consumer-facing 50-state surveys of laws on the following topics:
    • Wyoming Debt Collection Laws
    • Wyoming Evictions Rules
    • Wyoming Covid 19 Restrictions
    • Wyoming Wage Garnishment issues

County & Local Law

Local Law

  1. Municipal CodesOne of two free websites that has codes for many major cities and towns.
  2. American Legal Publishing: Municipal Codes for Wyoming.

Local Government Boards, Agencies and Districts

  1. BallotOPedia: Find out who's on your local school board, and when your next local election is.
  2. DemocracyByZipcode.com: ( aka LegalConsumer.com/democracy); Local information to help citizens stay involved in government at all levels and know how to communicate with those who represent them.

Federal Law & Federal Courts

  1. CaseText Library of Codes and Regulations:  (LC Rating: 10 out of 10)
    This free directory "/library" is now a well-hidden, free, free (for now) resource. They offer the following resources
  2. Justia:  ( LC Rating: 9 out of 10)  Owned and operated by Tim Stanley, a pioneer of the "free law" movement, Tim has offered consumers free access to federal case law and statutes since the dawn of web browsers, first as the founder of FIndLaw, and then, for the past 20 years, as the owner and operator of Justia.

 





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