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Legal Practice Materials Prof. Michael Whiteman

  1. 1. Legal Practice Materials Prof. Michael Whiteman Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law University of Cincinnati College of Law
  2. 2. Two Types of Legal Practice <ul><li>Transactional Practice (drafting contracts, wills, and other documents; advising clients of compliance with the law; deal making, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Trial Practice (anything done in contemplation of an actual suit with an actual, live opposing party) </li></ul>
  3. 3. It's Vital that You Understand that most sample Forms are ONLY General, Generic Examples of possible formats & contents. Legal Requirements for Assignments, Leases, Contracts and many other business documents Can and Do Vary Greatly from State to State and can Change Often.   To be Valid - and Not Create More Problems than it Solves - it MUST be Properly Drafted and Modified to fit Your Specific Location and Circumstances!
  4. 4. Transactional Practice Materials <ul><li>Form Books: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>West Legal Forms WEST-LF ( P & WL ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Am Jur Legal Forms AMJUR-LF ( P & WL ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fletcher Corporation Forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nichols Cyclopedia of Legal Forms Annotated ( P & WL ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rabkin & Johnson: Current Legal Forms ( P & Lexis ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Warren’s Forms of Agreements ( P & Lexis ) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Form 8. Notice Of Assignment [Date] To [name of obligor]: On [date], [name of obligee], of [address], assigned to me his rights against you arising under a contract executed by you with him on [date] for the sale of [identify goods] for [amount]. _______________________________________________ [Signature of assignee] [Taken from West’s Legal Forms]
  6. 6. COMMENT A party making payment under a contract that has been assigned by the payee without the knowledge of the payor is discharged by payment to the assignor so the assignee should notify the other party to the contract of the assignment to avoid this happening. See UCC <section> 2-210. Also notice of the assignment should prevent the payor from acquiring rights of counterclaim and set-off subsequent to notice of the assignment. See UCC <section> 9-404. Of course, if the assignment is made pursuant to a non-notification receivables financing arrangement, notice is not given unless certain contingencies occur. See UCC <section><section> 9-607, 9-608.
  7. 9. Subject Formbooks <ul><li>Forms & Procedures under the UCC ( P & Lexis ) </li></ul><ul><li>UCC Legal Forms ( P & WL ) </li></ul><ul><li>Fletcher Corporation Forms Annotated ( P & WL ) </li></ul>
  8. 10. State Specific Formbooks <ul><li>Kentucky Forms & Transactions ( P & WL ) </li></ul><ul><li>Caldwell’s Kentucky Form Book ( P & Lexis ) </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio Forms and Transactions ( P & WL ) </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio Forms: Legal & Business ( P & WL ) </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio Transaction Guide ( Lexis ) </li></ul>
  9. 11. [ From Kentucky Forms & Transactions ] AGREEMENT FOR PURCHASE AND SALE OF COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE THIS AGREEMENT FOR PURCHASE AND SALE OF COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE (the &quot;agreement&quot;) is made and entered into [date] , by and between [name of corporation] , a [state of incorporation] corporation having an address of [address] (&quot;seller&quot;), and [name of corporation] , a [state of incorporation] corporation having an address of [address] (&quot;purchaser&quot;). WHEREAS, seller desires to sell, and purchaser desires to purchase, the real property and improvements located thereon as hereinafter more particularly described, upon the terms and conditions set forth herein;
  10. 12. Free Online Legal Forms <ul><li>Findlaw Forms </li></ul><ul><li>LexisOne </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Lectric Law Library </li></ul>
  11. 13. Trials <ul><li>An encyclopedic guide to the preparation of cases at trial based on actual trials and articles by over 180 experts </li></ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><li>AMJUR-TRIALS ( P & WL ) </li></ul>
  12. 14. Trials <ul><li>Vols. 1-6: Comprehensive articles discussing every phase of trial preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Volumes 7  Model Trials </li></ul><ul><li>Supplemented by forms, checklists charts, diagrams and photographs of evidence </li></ul>
  13. 15. Kentucky Practice <ul><li>G. Weiss, Trial Practice </li></ul><ul><li>L. Abramson </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Crim Practice & Proc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil Pro. Forms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Merritt, Probate Practice and Procedure </li></ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><li>WL </li></ul>
  14. 16. Ohio Practice <ul><li>Ohio Practice Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil Practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Criminal Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Probate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available Print and WL </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. Am Jur Pleading and Practice <ul><li>36 volumes of sample court documents and checklists covering all phases of trial, post-litigation </li></ul><ul><li>drawn from court records and files of expert practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><li>AMJUR-PP ( P & WL ) </li></ul>
  16. 18. § 83. COMPLAINT, PETITION, OR DECLARATION--ENCROACHING TREE--NUISANCE--FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF [Caption, see § 6] COMPLAINT Plaintiffs, ________, allege: 1. Plaintiff, ________, is, and at all times mentioned was, a resident of ________ [city], ________ County, ________ [state]. 2. Plaintiff, ________, is, and at all times mentioned was, a resident of ________ [city], ________ County, ________ [state]. 3. Defendant, ________, is, and at all times mentioned was, a resident of ________ [city], ________ County, ________ [state]. 4. Defendant, ________, is, and at all times mentioned was, a resident of ________ [city], ________ County, ________ [state]. 5. Defendants now are, and, for more than ________ years have been, the owners of a parcel of land described as follows: ________ [set forth legal description]. 6. Plaintiffs now are the owners of a parcel of land adjoining on the ________ [direction] of defendants' parcel of land. The parcels of land, owned by defendants and plaintiffs respectively, have a common boundary line.
  17. 19. Federal Practice Forms <ul><li>West’s Federal Forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Federal Procedural Forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bender’s Federal Practice Forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lexis </li></ul></ul>
  18. 20. Form 12:130 Motion to Dismiss for Failure to Join Indispensable Party --General Form _________________ [ name of attorney ] _________________ [ name of firm ] _________________ [ street address of attorney's firm ] _________________ [ phone number of attorney's firm ] _________________ [ fax number, if available ] _________________ [ state bar i.d. number, if required by local rule ] Attorneys for _________________ [ name of party ] UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT _________________ District of _________________ _______________ [ Name of plaintiff ], ) No. _______________ Plaintiff) )MOTION TO DISMISS vs. )(Fed. R. Civ. P. )12(b)(7)) ) _______________ [ Name of defendant ], )Hearing Date: _________ Defendant)Hearing Time: _________ )Courtroom: ____________ )
  19. 21. Relief Requested _________________ [ Name of defendant ], defendant, moves to dismiss this action under Rule 12(b)(7). Grounds for Motion The action should be dismissed because _________________ [ name of absent party ] is an indispensable party to this action within the meaning of Rule 19(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and joinder is not feasible because _________________ [ reason why absent person cannot be joined, e.g., this court may not exercise personal jurisdiction over _________________ (him or her) or _________________ (his or her) joinder would destroy diversity of citizenship and deprive the court of subject matter jurisdiction over this action].
  20. 22. Bender Forms of Discovery <ul><li>Practice forms including requests for production and admission for every type of legal action </li></ul><ul><li>Dozen volumes organized by type of lawsuit Annotated with case decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Checklists for interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><li>Lexis </li></ul>
  21. 23. Instructions to Juries <ul><li>Federal Jury Practice and Instructions: Civil & Criminal </li></ul><ul><li>Pattern Jury Instructions by Circuit </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Specific </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Damages in Tort Actions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Issues </li></ul></ul>
  22. 24. Kentucky Instructions to Juries <ul><li>Informally known as “Palmore” </li></ul><ul><li>Closest thing to pattern jury instructions for Kentucky courts </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal & Civil </li></ul><ul><li>Print & Lexis </li></ul>
  23. 25. Ohio Jury Instructions <ul><li>Published in conjunction with the Ohio Jury Instructions Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Civil & Criminal </li></ul><ul><li>Available in Print and on OSBA Casemaker online service and on Westlaw / Lexis </li></ul>