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  1. 1. Overview 1 How to find form books in the law library Search the catalog Find books in the stacks Online resources for forms Westlaw Lexis Agencies Courts
  2. 2. Forms and Legal Drafting 2 Why do you want forms? Pleading and practice forms ex. complaint Legal instruments ex. contract Find examples to adapt Examples/forms may not be perfectly tailored to your purpose, need to modify AGREEMENT, made and entered into this _________________ day of _________________, 20_________________, by and between CRITTERS CORP., INC., a Virginia corporation, (the ''Seller'') and BEAVERS LODGE, LTD., a Virginia corporation, (the ''Buyer''), WITNESSETH: 1. The Seller currently owns and operates a grocery supermarket trading as ''Critters Food Corner'' in the Town of Wildlife, Virginia, at 123 Raccoon Road (the ''Store''), which is occupied by Seller pursuant to a Lease Agreement (the ''Lease''), dated the _________________ day of _________________, 20_________________ between Landlord, Ltd., a Virginia corporation (the ''Landlord''), and Seller.
  3. 3. Variety of Sources for Forms 3 Commercially published form books Online Lexis and Westlaw Forms prepared by government agencies Forms prepared by courts, conforming to rules of specific jurisdiction Professional in-house databank, archive of forms
  4. 4. Law Library – Form Books 4 Catalog Title search ex. Virginia forms Builder search ed. Nolo as publisher Limited liability company as title Subject and Title Guide ex. Forms row 107 Multi-volume sets arranged by topic accessed by index and table of contents Map of Library Guides - Legal Forms and Drafting Resources http://www.law.gmu.edu/library/guides
  5. 5. Subject-Specific Forms 5 Forms related to a specific subject Keyword search in the catalog Examples, Elements of contract drafting Fletcher corporation forms, annotated Limited liability company (LLC) Model joint venture agreement
  6. 6. Jurisdiction-Specific Forms 6 Forms related to a specific jurisdiction, either federal or state Federal practice forms; West’s federal forms Virginia legal and business forms Virginia CLE (Continuing Legal Education) Annual Institute on Using Limited Liability Entities in Virginia ex. 2008 Forming operating and dissolving the entity Limited liability companies in Virginia (plus CD on reserve) Waddell, Virginia practice series (Westlaw VAPRAC- BUS)
  7. 7. Westlaw, Forms 7
  8. 8. Westlaw, Fletcher 8
  9. 9. Lexis, Virginia Forms for Business 9
  10. 10. Lexis, All Forms 10
  11. 11. Court and Government Agency Forms 11 LLRX Court Forms http://www.llrx.com/courtrules/ Virginia Court Forms http://www.courts.state.va.us/forms/home.html Securities and Exchange Commission: Filings and Forms Edgar http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml Internal Revenue Service http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html Virginia Government Forms: http://www.virginia.gov/cmsportal/government_881/forms_1222/ Virginia State Corporation Commission: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/forms/formsearch.asptx
  12. 12. Reference Assistance 12 Come to the reference desk in person, staffed 9AM to 9PM Monday to Thursday, Friday 9AM to 5PM, Sunday 2PM to 9PM Call the reference desk: 703-993-8076 Schedule an individual research consultation with a professional librarian http://law.gmu.edu/library/guides