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  • 1. Secondary Sources: Multi Jurisdictional Form Books Presented by: Mike Adachi :: Daniel Merrick :: Jennifer Newman ::
    • UCC Legal Forms
    • AmJur Legal Forms
    • AmJur Pleading and Practice Forms
  • 2.
    • UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE LEGAL FORMS
      • is a collection of UCC forms covering Article 1 through 9. It provides a comprehensive collection of forms to save research and drafting time; includes checklists to ensure critical details are covered
      • State specific UCC forms are also available
    • AMJUR LEGAL FORMS
      • is a multi-volume owned by West which provides practice-oriented forms for legal and business transactions. It uses an encyclopedic arrangement and is supplemented by annual pocket parts. It provides brief tax analysis for many forms and there are cross references to American Jurisprudence 2d and annotations in American Law Reports
    • AMJUR PLEADING AND PRACTICE FORMS
      • is arranged similarly to American Jurisprudence Legal Forms . Once again, this set includes cross references to American Jurisprudence and American Law Reports . The book contains forms suitable for federal and state practice
    Multi-jurisdictional Formbooks Main Resources *NOTE: The Hasting’s Library Website has a section called “Federal and Multijurisdictional Legal Forms” which provides quick background on multijurisdictional forms and where they can be found. ( http://library.uchastings.edu/library/federal-research/fedlegforms.html )
  • 3. Where Can I Find These Sources? UCC Legal Forms
      • Print :
        • Available in print at library (KF 886.F53)—Fourth Floor Research Alcove;
        • Full set of forms available for purchase (Price for set: $437.00)
      • Westlaw :
        • Database code is UCC-LF
        • Click on Westlaw Research and enter database code under “Search for a database”
        • Can search table of contents or entire database; can choose terms and connector or natural language search
      • Lexis :
        • From the Home Click on Research System
        • Under Option 2, Look for a Source, scroll down to Secondary Legal
        • Click on Forms and Agreements , then By Area of Law
        • Under Commercial (UCC) Transactions LexisNexis Forms, can search table of contents or entire database; can choose terms and connector or natural language search
  • 4. Where Can I Find These Sources? AmJur Legal Forms
      • Print :
        • The Second Edition is available in print at library (KF 170.A52)—Fourth Floor Stacks
        • Full set of forms available for purchase (Price for set: $3,469.00)
      • Westlaw :
        • Database code is AMJUR-LF
        • Click on Westlaw Research and enter database code under “Search for a database”
        • Can search table of contents or entire database; can choose terms and connector or natural language search
      • Lexis :
        • Form book is owned by West. Not available on Lexis
        • Lexis offers Rabkin and Johnson’s Current Legal Forms as an alternative (covers business and transaction)
  • 5. Where Can I Find These Sources? AmJur Pleading and Practice Forms
      • Print :
        • The Second Edition is available in print at library (KF 8836.A45)—Fourth Floor Stacks
        • Full set of forms available for purchase (Price for set: $4,202.00)
      • Westlaw :
        • Database code is AMJUR-PP
        • Click on Westlaw Research and enter database code under “Search for a database”
        • Can search table of contents or entire database; can choose terms and connector or natural language search
      • Lexis :
        • Form book is owned by West. Not available on Lexis
        • Lexis offers Moore’s Federal Litigation Online Forms as an alternative (covers litigation)
  • 6.
    • UCC
      • Print: Easier to find in print form. There is a summary of contents in each volume, but the print form is outdated (2006)
      • Online: However, using the online forms is probably practically easier and more efficient since you can just fill the information in
    • AMJUR LEGAL FORMS AND AMJUR PLEADING AND PRACTICE FORMS
      • Print: Like UCC, easy to find the information you are looking for. The books are by topic and are pretty up to date (2008)
      • Online: More practical
    Ease of Use: Online v. Print
  • 7.
    • UCC
      • Lexis: updated regularly---atypical update schedule as received from the publisher
      • Westlaw: current through the 2008 supplement
      • Print: most recent edition in the library is 2006. Replacement pages are updated annually
    • AMJUR LEGAL FORMS
      • Print : most recent edition in the library is 2008. Cumulative supplement provided as needed
      • Replacement volumes / binders provided semiannually
      • Westlaw : updated daily
    • AMJUR PLEADING AND PRACTICE FORMS
      • Print : most recent edition in the library is 2008. Cumulative supplement provided as needed. Replacement volumes / binders provided biannually
      • Westlaw : updated daily
    How Often Are the Resources Updated?
  • 8.
    • If you’ve never drafted similar documents, gives practitioner an idea how to structure the documents
    • Provides guidance and increases efficiency
    • Provides a straightforward and clear form
    • It may add legitimacy to the agreement if you use forms
    Why use this resource?
  • 9. Would you want this resource in your print library ?
    • If it is a small firm, may not be able to afford the cost of premiere services, so it would be nice to have the form in some form
      • However the forms are expensive to purchase
    • Practically, the print forms are not as useful because you would have to retype the entire form
      • Could scan the form in PDF form, but the quality would not be as good
  • 10.
      • Westlaw: all three databases are Premier Thomson databases
        • $12.83 p/ minute or monthly fee of $200 p/month per lawyer
    COST Would you pay to have online access?
  • 11. Are there comparable / better sources with the same information?
    • Yes, there are comparable sources
    • There are some free forms available on other websites
    • EXAMPLES:
      • Can find some of these forms on Findlaw for around $5.95 per form
      • There are also some free forms available on Findlaw. ( http://forms.lp.findlaw.com/ )
      • Free UCC Form Site ( http://www.allaboutforms.com/index.cfm?index=forms122a&topic=97&form_topic=Uniform%20Commercial%20Code%20(UCC)&CFID=956337&CFTOKEN=56 )
      • Washburn University has a page with a link to legal form sites (some free of charge and some at a cost) ( http://www.washlaw.edu/legalforms )