FORMS AND FORMBOOKS
     George Mason University
           Law Library


         Spring 2007
Two Types of Formbooks:
1. Pleadings and Practice Forms

2. Legal Instruments
Formbooks
Provide aids for drafting legal documents

Provide samples of a wide variety of
substantive and procedural forms...
Locating Legal Forms
Determine subject area
Does the jurisdiction or governing body
have specific requirements?
Consult th...
Using Forms
Books: check pocket part or supplement

Online: make sure the source is reliable

   -Legal publisher
   -Gove...
Using Forms
Carefully adapt the form to your situation

Proofread repeatedly to make sure you
have personalized the form t...
LexisNexis
https://lawschool.lexisnexis.com
Forms are organized by jurisdiction or practice
area

Use Total Litigator
http...
Westlaw
 http://lawschool.westlaw.com/

FORMS-ALL More than 50 treatises and
collections containing forms

CMLFORMS-ALL Al...
Online Forms
LexisONE:
http://www.lexisone.com/lx1/store/catalog?action=main

FindLaw
 http://forms.lp.findlaw.com

LLRX F...
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FORMS AND FORMBOOKS FORMS AND FORMBOOKS

  1. 1. FORMS AND FORMBOOKS George Mason University Law Library Spring 2007
  2. 2. Two Types of Formbooks: 1. Pleadings and Practice Forms 2. Legal Instruments
  3. 3. Formbooks Provide aids for drafting legal documents Provide samples of a wide variety of substantive and procedural forms Include drafting guides, checklists, sample clauses, and entire documents
  4. 4. Locating Legal Forms Determine subject area Does the jurisdiction or governing body have specific requirements? Consult the Formbooks and Drafting Resources handout Search the GMU catalog Search the index or table of contents to the book
  5. 5. Using Forms Books: check pocket part or supplement Online: make sure the source is reliable -Legal publisher -Governing body Read the form completely
  6. 6. Using Forms Carefully adapt the form to your situation Proofread repeatedly to make sure you have personalized the form to your client The most important skill in using formbooks is knowing how to modify the sample form to fit your particular situation
  7. 7. LexisNexis https://lawschool.lexisnexis.com Forms are organized by jurisdiction or practice area Use Total Litigator https://litigator.lexisnexis.com Use “Find a Source” to locate the applicable database https://www.lexis.com/research/
  8. 8. Westlaw http://lawschool.westlaw.com/ FORMS-ALL More than 50 treatises and collections containing forms CMLFORMS-ALL All State and General Contracts/Commercial Forms, Clauses and Checklists RPFORM-ALL All State and General Real Property Forms, Clauses and Checklists
  9. 9. Online Forms LexisONE: http://www.lexisone.com/lx1/store/catalog?action=main FindLaw http://forms.lp.findlaw.com LLRX Forms http://www.llrx.com/courtrules/ Virginia Government Forms: http://www.virginia.gov/cmsportal/government_881/for ms_1222/
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