Law: Those Sue-It-Yourself Manuals

How-to books are booming as laymen seek to bypass lawyers

"I thank you, my mother thanks you, I and my girlfriend thanks you." So wrote a satisfied reader of How to Do Your Own Divorce in California to the book's publisher, Nolo Press. The happily divorced man is one of millions of Americans who have found that a likely place to seek solutions to their legal problems is often the neighborhood bookstore. Self-help manuals are proliferating, usually in paperback, and cover every subject from small-claims court to homosexual rights. Nolo, with 20 titles...

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