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City of Bellingham

Whatcom County

Washington State

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A good starting point for information about the Affordable Health Care Act. This is the official consumer site for the Health Insurance Marketplace, and provides access to valuable resources that help to explain the application process, and how to get additional assistance.

Census Information


Bellingham Municipal Code

Whatcom County Code

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

United States Code

Washington Administrative Code

Legal Assistance

Whatcom County Law Library
A comprehensive portal with links to a wide variety of legal information including laws, dictionaries, court forms and much more.

Legal Voice
Staff answer legal questions over the phone by giving people information about their legal rights. The website has a wide variety of legal self-help publications.

Northwest Justice Project
Nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people and seniors.

LAW Advocates
Local volunteer lawyers dispense free legal advice and referrals to the public two Saturdays a month. Check their website for times and places in Bellingham.

Whatcom County Courthouse Facilitators
Facilitators help people without attorneys in Whatcom Superior Court family law cases. Check website for how to make an appointment.

Washington State Bar Association
The Bar's website has a wide variety of pamphlets on legal issues.

Washington State Office of the Attorney General - Consumer Protection
The Attorney General mediates consumer complaints from the public. The website has a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions and brochures about consumer issues.

Whatcom County Law Library
The Law Library is open to the public during selected hours. The website lists links to other legal information sites.

King County Law Library
Staff at the Library answer your legal questions by guiding you to different legal resources. Send your questions by email or chat. Their website has links to other legal resources and research guides.

Washington LawHelp
Legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instruction and forms.

Starting points for frequently asked legal questions (.pdf)
Information on finding a lawyer, researching laws, locating legal forms and much more.

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