What is a Legal Notice?
A Legal Notice lets you, the citizen, know
things that may well affect your life! Legal Notices have been used
since the countrys founding to keep citizens from all walks
of life up to date and informed about government or government-related
Today, no matter where you go in the U.S., public
notices still serve this very important purpose. Though their format
and specific requirements vary by location, all Legal Notices share
the following traits:
An independent forum Notices must
be viewable in a forum without intervention by the government,
such as a local newspaper.
Easily retrieved - Legal Notices represent
an archive of government affairs, and must serve as a readily
available reference of accountability
Viewable by all - All members of society
rich or poor, of any race, creed or religion must
have access to Legal Notices for the notices to serve their intended
Why are Legal Notices important?
When citizens are well informed of the doings
of their government, democracy can continue to flourish. Legal Notices
are the best known and most efficient way for the public to stay up-to-date
on the activities of government and learn how their voices can be
How are Legal Notices used?
Citizens use Legal Notices to learn about
events occurring throughout their communities, and find out how to
participate in activities that serve the public good. All types of
events - adoptions, court hearings, public auctions and disposal of
real property - are listed for all to see. So if you (or someone you
A property holder concerned about land values;
Interested in knowing if your name has been
added to a database of unclaimed property held by the state treasurer;
Worried if a potentially fraudulent business
owner is looking to form a new business in your area;
Interested in responding to a call for bids
on a public works project; or
Concerned about how the government is spending
then Legal Notices are something that
you need to know about!
What are the types of Legal Notices?
Legal Notices generally fall into three different
Citizen Involvement - Public budgets, notices
of public hearings, and notices of proposed taxation or benefits
- designed to let citizens hear and be heard in a public forum.
Business and Commerce - alert the public
to Government contracts and purchases, as well as business formations
and other business-related notices.
Court Notices - displayed as required to
let the public know when officers of the court are engaged in
particular actions - probate of an estate or name changes, for