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    FORMS AND FORMBOOKS FORMS AND FORMBOOKS FORMS AND FORMBOOKS FORMS AND FORMBOOKS Presentation Transcript

    • 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 Include drafting guides, checklists, sample clauses, and entire documents
    • 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
    • Using Forms Books: check pocket part or supplement Online: make sure the source is reliable -Legal publisher -Governing body Read the form completely
    • 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
    • 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/
    • 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
    • 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/