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General Practice Materials: Form Books

General Form Books

Model forms can be used as an aid to preparing various types of legal documents. In addition to the general form books discussed below, there also are books which deal with specific areas of the law, such as wills or contracts.

American Jurisprudence Pleading and Practice Forms, 2d (KF8836 .A45 2d ed )

A comprehensive collection of forms and pleadings covering both judicial and administrative proceedings.

American Jurisprudence Legal Forms 2d (KF170.A542) Contains forms designed for specific legal transactions, such as contracts, leases, wills, and deeds, both state and federal. This set has an extensive index, annotations to cases, statutes and other primary sources. It is arranged alphabetically by broad subject categories. The set also includes the looseleaf binder service Federal Tax Guide to Legal Forms. Updated annually by pocket parts.

West’s Legal Forms (KF170.W47)

Practice oriented forms for law and business. This set is organized by areas of the law, rather than an alphabetical arrangement. For example, Volume 7 is devoted to forms for Domestic Relations. This set has a good index and is updated annually by pocket parts.

The Essential Formbook: Comprehensive Management Tools for Lawyers (KF170.M85 2000)

This set of forms, prepared by the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association provides forms for managing your law practice. Includes client engagement letters, fee agreements, hiring and billing forms. Includes CD-Rom.

Federal Form Books

Bender’s Federal Practice Forms (KF8836.F78) A looseleaf publication with annotations and crossreferences to Moore’s Federal Practice. The forms cover civil and criminal rules.

West’s Federal Forms (KF8836.W42) Contains forms & annotations for federal civil, criminal and administrative proceedings. The West forms cross reference Wright and Miller’s Federal Practice and Procedure. Updated annually by pocket parts.

 Federal Procedural Forms Lawyer’s Edition (KF8836 .F4)

Forms for federal civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings. This set references Federal Procedure Lawyer’s Edition, and is arranged by subject rather than by rule number. Updated annually by pocket parts.

Forms on the Web

Forms are available through a number of Internet sites, and can be downloaded, generally at no cost, so you can modify them to suit your purpose. Three sites in particular are worth noting: A service provided by LexisNexis, you will require a login and password to access over 6000 free forms. By clicking on the "Legal Forms" tab at the top of the homepage, you will be able to access legal forms on various topics. Requires payment for forms. Website lists over 2000 free forms for business and personal issues.

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