Friday, February 12, 2010

Burning Questions

Some of the real, burning questions we've been asked this week.

Q) What time is it in Fiji right now? I need to call a friend who is on vacation there.

A) has world clocks. To figure out a time that won't involve either party waking up in the middle of the night, use their World Clock Meeting Planner.

Q) How do I find information on a private company in New Jersey? I've already looked at ReferenceUSA.

A) ReferenceUSA was a good place to start (get to it via the library's Remote Databases). While you're on BHPL's database page, look the company up in the Star-Ledger and Custom Newspapers to see if the company has been mentioned in any news articles.

Corfacts is a directory for New Jersey businesses in the BHPL reference collection. Each state also has an online corporations database, which will at least tell you when the business was incorporated and by whom (some states, including NJ, charge a fee). You can also check the Better Business Bureau to see if the business has any complaints.

Q) I'm the executor of a will. What do I need to do next?

A) BHPL has a book called The Executor's Handbook by Theodore Hughes. Guiding Those Left Behind in New Jersey by Amelia Pohl is also another book to look at. Some helpful websites: this page from the Social Security Administration and this page from Union County.

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