Forms, Legal - Research Guide
This is a subject listing of resources for legal forms.
Practicing lawyers require sample versions of standard legal documents known as model forms. There are sets of forms for federal practice, for most states, and for specialized subject areas. Some sets of forms include annotations, checklists, and citations to cases in which the forms were used. Most law firms maintain in-house collections of forms relating to their specific areas of practice. Generally, there are two kinds of forms:
instruments, which are used to complete transactions between private parties in business, real estate, estate planning, etc., and
pleadings, which are filed in court.
Model forms of both types of legal documents can be found in the library, in books, looseleafs, electronic databases, and the Internet. Remember to browse the shelves for additional form books shelved close to the following titles of books and looseleafs for each subject area. Some titles may also be duplicated in Westlaw or Lexis.
The Internet is an ever expanding source of legal forms. Good sources include Findlaw Forms, Federal Forms Catalog, the 'Lectric Law Library, and the IRS forms page. You may also try various search engines, such as Google or Yahoo, for access to self-help forms available from publishers or law firms, but be wary of costs and verify the quality of the source. If you need additional help in finding and using forms, ask a Librarian at the Reference Desk located in the Reading Room.
To find form books for a particular state, do a keyword search in GULLiver for the name of your state and the word "forms". For example, a good keyword search for Virginia formbooks would be:
General Form Sets
Each of the following has legal forms on a broad range of subjects and will supply the forms needed by most patrons:
- West's Legal Forms. Updated with pocket parts. West Pub. Co., 1996- KF170 .M61 1981. Also available on Westlaw.
- American Jurisprudence Legal Forms. Updated with pocket parts. Lawyers Co-op. Pub. Co., 1971- KF170 .A42
- Nichols Cyclopedia of Legal Forms Annotated. Updated with pocket parts. Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1936- KF170 .N53
- Basic Legal Forms, with Commentary. Marvin T. Hyman. Looseleaf. Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1991- KF170 .H9 1991
- Lexis - Forms & Agreements can be found under "Secondary Legal"
- Westlaw - FormFinder located in Westlaw Directory, under "Forms"
Browse the list below for sources of specific forms.
Advising the Elderly Client. Looseleaf. Clark, Boardman, Callaghan, Available through Westlaw
Elderlaw FormFinder, Thomson, West. Available through Westlaw
The ElderLaw Portfolio Series. Looseleaf. Little, Brown, KF390 .A4 E429
Tax, Estate & Financial Planning for the Elderly: Forms and Practice, Matthew Bender, Available through Lexis
Oehmke Commercial Arbitration. Looseleaf. Clark Boardman, Callaghan, 3rd ed., KF9085 .O45 See extensive Forms listing in Index.
Alternative Dispute Resolution with Forms. Updated with pocket parts. West Pub. Co., KF9085 .G74 . See Appendix D Forms."
Arbitration forms from Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (FMCS) http://www.fmcs.gov/internet/downloadsList.asp?categoryID=186
Art (see also Intellectual Property)Back to Top
Business (see also Uniform Commercial Code) Advising Small Businesses: Forms. Steven C. Alberty, Only on Westlaw. Advising The Small Business : Forms and Advice for the Legal Practitioner. Jean Batman. KF1659 .B38
Contemporary Corporation Forms. Aspen Law & Business, Available electronically
Founder's Workbench - Guidance for the start-up corporation. The Document Driver includes a suite of forms necessary for starting up a Delaware corporation.
Selections for Contracts: Statutes, Restatement Second, Forms. Foundation Press, KF801 .S44 See Selected Forms, p. 160-91.
INTERNATIONAL: The ICC Model Distributorship Contract: Sole Importer-Distributor. ICC Publishing S.A. K3943.A52 I33 This is a set of uniform contractual rules for parties engaged in international trade.Back to Top
Child Custody (see Family Law)
Commercial (see Business)
Computer (see also Intellectual Property)
Corporate Counsel's Guide to Web Site Agreements, only on Westlaw.
Nichols Cyclopedia of Legal Forms Annotated. Updated with pocket parts. Clark Boardman Callaghan. KF170 .N53Most comprehensive set of computer forms among the general forms books. Includes software, employment, and Internet agreements.
Scott on Computer Law. Michael D. Scott. Looseleaf, no longer updated in print. Prentice Hall Law & Business. KF390.5.C6 S38
Scott on Information Technology. Michael D. Scott, Only on Westlaw.
Computer Software: Protection, Liability, Law, Forms. L. J. Kutten. Looseleaf. Clark Boardman Callaghan. KF3024 .C6 K88 Forms related to intellectual property issues.
INTERNATIONAL: Morgan and Stedman on Computer Contracts (6th ed.). Richard S. Morgan. Ft law & Tax. KD1642 .C65 M67 . See Precedents page 251.
Sweet On Construction Industry Contracts : Major AIA Documents. Justin Sweet. Updated with pocket parts. Aspen Law & Business. KF902 .S936, also on Westlaw Forms and Substance: Specialized Agreements for the Construction Project, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. KF801 .F67
Pratt's Truth-In-Lending Manual: Text and Forms. James H. Pannabecker. Available electronically.
Selling Products and Services and Licensing Software Online : An Interactive Guide with Legal Forms and Commentary to Privacy, Security, and Consumer Law Issues, HF5548.32 .A44
Contracts (see Business)
Copyright (see Intellectual Property)
Corporation Contemporary Corporation Forms. Aspen Law & Business, Available electronically
Corporation Forms. Marvin Hyman. Looseleaf, updated monthly. Warren, Gorham & Lamont, KF1384 .A6 P7
Fletcher Corporation Forms, Annotated. William Fletcher. Updated with pocket parts. Callaghan, KF1411 .F55
Founder's Workbench - Guidance for the start-up corporation. The Document Driver includes a suite of forms necessary for starting up a Delaware corporation.
The In-House Counsel's Essential Toolkit. ABA Committee on Corporate Counsel, KF1425 .I64
Nonprofit Corporation Forms Handbook. Barbara L. Kirschten. Updated annually. Clark, Boardman, Callaghan, KF1388 .A65 K57.
State of Delaware Corporate Forms and Certificates http://www.state.de.us/corp/corpforms.shtml
Bender's Federal Practice Forms, Available on Lexis. (organized so that forms follow applicable Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure)
Divorce (see Family Law)Back to Top
Employment (see Labor and Employment)
Entertainment (see also Intellectual Property)
The Biz: The Basic Business, Legal, and Financial Aspects of the Film Industry. Schuyler M. Moore KF4302.M66
Entertainment Law: Legal Concepts and Business Practices. Thomas D. Selz. Looseleaf. Shepard's/McGraw-Hill, KF4290 .S44. See Volume 4, ,Sample Entertainment Industry Forms.Š
INTERNATIONAL: Entertainment Law: A Guide to Contracts in the Film Industry. Anthony Mosawi. Butterworths, K1474 .M67.
ENFLEX: Environmental, Health & Safety Forms, available on Westlaw
Environmental FormFinder, available on Westlaw
Handling the Land Use Case: Land Use Law, Practice & Forms, available on Westlaw
Estate Planning (see Wills, Trusts, and Estates)
Family Law FormFinder, available on Westlaw
Mediating Child Custody Disputes: a Strategic Approach. Donald T. Saposnek. Jossey-Bass, KF547 .S26 See Appendix C - F.
Handbook on the Indian Child Welfare Act. Steven C. Hager. Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc., KF8210 .C45 H24 See Section Four -- Forms.
The Special Needs Child and Divorce: A Practical Guide to Evaluating and Handling Cases. Margaret S. Price, American Bar Association. KF547 .P73
Premarital and Marital Contracts: A Lawyer's Guide to Drafting and Negotiating Enforceable Marital and Cohabitation Agreements. Section of Family Law, American Bar Association, KF529 .P73
The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice: Forms and Procedures for the Lawyer (2d ed.). Larry Rice. General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section, American Bar Association, KF533.5 .R53 Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Clients: A Lawyer's Guide. Joan M. Burda. General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section, American Bar Association, KF337.5.G38 B87, Appendix C: Forms.
Sexual Orientation and the Law. Roberta Achtenberg. Looseleaf. West Group, updated twice a year. KF4754.5 .S49 See vol.1, p. lxiii, "Table of Forms and Practice Aids", and vol. 2, "Index: contracts". Also available on Westlaw.
INTERNATIONAL: International Child Abductions: A Guide to Applying the Hague Convention, with Forms (2d ed.). The Association, KF547 .I53
Living Together Precedents (2d ed.) Jill Bowler. London, Sweet & Maxwell, KD771 .B69
American Jurisprudence Pleading and Practice Forms Annotated. Updated with pocket parts and revised volumes. Lawyer's Cooperative Pub., KF8836 .A45. Provides forms for all types of pleading and procedural steps in civil proceedings, state and federal, including jury instructions. Also on Westlaw.
Bender's Federal Practice Forms, Matthew Bender. Available on Lexis. (organized so that forms follow applicable Federal Rule of Civil or Criminal Procedure)
West's Federal Forms. Updated with pocket parts and replacement volumes. West Pub. Co. KF8836 .W4
Nichols Cyclopedia of Federal Procedure Forms. Updated with pocket parts. Callaghan, KF8836 .N53
Federal Civil Judicial Procedure and Rules. West Pub., KF8816 .A194 Appendix of forms for federal rules of civil and appellate procedure.
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Published annually. West Pub., KF8816. A2 A2. Appendix of forms for federal rules of civil and appellate procedure.
The Judicial Code and Rules of Procedure in the Federal Courts. Students' Edition. Foundation Press. KF8815 .A2 Appendix of forms for federal rules of civil and appellate procedure; section 2254 cases and section 2255 proceedings in the U. S. District Courts.
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Practice & Procedure: Appeal & Review of Patent and Trademark Cases. Looseleaf, last updated in 2008. Matthew Bender, KF3110 .P38 v. 4 - 4a. See Table of Forms.Back to Top
Gender Law ( see Family Law)Back to Top
Health Care Law Compliance Manual. Matthew Bender. Available on Lexis.
Health Care Law: A Practical Guide. Matthew Bender. Available on Lexis.
Health Law Practice Guide. Thomson/West. Available on Westlaw.
Medicare and Medicaid Guide. Looseleaf. Commerce Clearing House, last updated in 2008. KF3608 .A4 C64. See vol. 1 Topical Index Medicare (red tab) for extensive listing of Forms.
The Practical Guide to HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance. Kevin Beaver and Rebecca Herold KF3827 .R4 B43
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services forms: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/CMSForms/
Fair Housing Litigation Handbook. Howard R. Zuckerman. Updated with pocket parts. J. Wiley & Sons, KF 5740 .Z8 See Appendices.
Cooperative Housing Law and Practice - Forms. Only updated on Lexis.Back to Top
Immigration Official Forms. Only available on Westlaw.
Couch on Insurance 3rd Forms. Only on Westlaw. Insurance Law and Practice, with Forms. John Alan Appleman. Updated with pocket parts. West Group. KF1164 .A77 See Forms in Index, Table of Contents and Index volume. Updated on Lexis.
New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide. Updated only on Lexis.
Insurance Defense FormFinder. Only on Westlaw.
The Insured Stock Purchase Agreement: With Sample Forms. Lawrence Brody, KF1448 .B76
The Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust: Forms with Drafting Notes. Lawrence Brody. Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section, ABA, KF736 .L4 B76
Intellectual Property FormFinder. Available on Westlaw.
Intellectual Property Licensing: Forms and Analysis. Available on Westlaw.
Patent Law: A Practitioner's Guide (3d ed.). Ronald B. Hildreth. Looseleaf. Practising Law Institute, Updated annually. KF3098 .H54
Patents FormFinder. Available on Westlaw.
Patent and Trademark Lexis Nexis Forms. Available on Lexis.
Trademark Law Practice Forms: Rules, Annotations, Commentary (2d ed.). Only on Westlaw
Kane on Trademark Law: A Practitioner's Guide. Siegrum D. Kane. Looseleaf. Practising Law Institute, KF 3180 .K36. See Appendices.
Goldstein on Copyright (3rd ed.). Paul Goldstein. Looseleaf. Little, Brown KF2994 .G65 See Vol. IV Appendix B Forms.
Copyright Registration Practice. (2nd ed.) James E. Hawes. Looseleaf. C. Boardman, KF3004 .H29 See Appendix B Selected Copyright Forms.
Computer Software: Protection, Liability, Law, Forms. L. J. Kutten. Looseleaf. West Group, , Updated annually. KF3024 .C6 K88 See Appendices, vols. 3 & 4 and Index Forms. Also on Westlaw. Emerging Technologies and the Law: Forms and Analysis. Richard Raysman. Print last updated in 2008. KF390.5.C6 E465
U.S. Copyright Office forms http://www.copyright.gov/forms
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, USPTO forms http://www.uspto.gov/web/forms
Copinger and Skone James on Copyright. Walter Arthur Copinger. London, Sweet & Maxwell, KD1289 .C6
Antitrust Strategies for Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, and Strategic Alliances : A Deskbook for Deal Makers. Only on Lexis.
Corporate Counsel's Guide to Strategic Alliances. Alan S. Gutterman. Business Laws, Inc., KF1380.6 G9 See Forms section at end.
Partnerships and Joint Ventures Involving Tax-Exempt Organizations. Updated with bound supplements. Michael I. Sanders. J. Wiley, KF1388 .S26 . See Appendix for sample and IRS forms. Structuring and Drafting Partnership Agreements: Including LLC Agreements, Robert L. Whitmire. RIA, Updated annually. KF6452 .M26. Updated on Westlaw.
A Guide to International Joint Ventures: With Sample Clauses (2d ed.). Ronald Charles Wolf. London: Kluwer, K1309 .W65
Transnational Joint Ventures. Looseleaf. Business Laws, Updated annually. See Index Forms, Sample. Also on Westlaw.
Jury Instructions See our Jury Instructions Reserch Guide.
For state jury instructions, do a GULLiver keyword such as:Back to Top Back to Top
EEOC Compliance Manual: Including the EEOC's General Counsel Manual. Looseleaf . Commerce Clearing House. Last updated in 2008. KF 3464 .A58 C6. See Topical Index (red tab), Forms, Letters, Memoranda, and List of Forms. Also available on Lexis.
Collective Bargaining Negotiations and Contracts. Bureau of National Affairs, Only available online.
Covenants Not to Compete: A State-by-State Survey. Updated with supplements. Table & Index. Bureau of National Affairs, KF898 .C68
Department of Labor Forms http://webapps.dol.gov/libraryforms/
Law Office Policy & Procedures Manual (5th ed.). ABA, Section of Law Practice Management. KF318 .R64. The Electronic Evidence and Discovery Handbook : Forms, Checklists, and Guidelines. ABA, Section on Law Practice Management. KF8947 .N45 The Lawyer's Desk Guide to Preventing Legal Malpractice. ABA, Standing Committee on Lawyer's Professional Responsibility. KF313 .L393
Legal Expense Defense: How to Control Your Business, Legal Costs and Problems. Dennis M. Powers. Oasis Press. KF311 .P69 . See Worksheets and Ready-to-Use Forms.
How to Draft Bills Clients Rush to Pay. Morgan J. Harris. ABA Section of Law Practice Management. KF316 .M64 See Figures for sample forms
Letters for Litigators: Essential Communications for Opposing Counsel, Witnesses, Clients and Others. Americna Bar Association. KF170.S53.
Win-Win Billing Strategies: Alternatives that Satisfy Your Clients and You. ABA Section of Law Practice Management. KF316 .W56 See List of Exhibits.
Leases (see Real Estate)
INTERNATIONAL: Forms and Agreements on Intellectual Property and International Licensing. Leslie W. Melville. Looseleaf. London, Sweet & Maxwell, updated annually KD1269 .M45
Living Will (see Wills, Trusts, & Estates)
Loans (see Business)Back to Top
Marital Contracts (see Family Law)Back to Top Back to Top Back to Top
Patents (see Intellectual Property)
Systematic Settlements: 3D: A Practical Guide for the Personal Injury Specialist (3d ed.). Sanford W. Hornwood. Updated through 2000. (Note: library no longer updates this title.) West Group, 1995 KF1257.A3 H67Back to Top Back to Top
Real Property Law FormFinder. Available on Westlaw.
Current Legal Forms for Real Estate. Jacob Rabkin, Mark H. Johnson. Available on Lexis.
Friedman on Contracts and Conveyances of Real Property (6th ed.). Milton R. Friedman. Practising Law Institute, KF670 .F7 . See vol. 2, Index of Forms.
Commercial Real Estate Law Practice Manual: with Forms. James P. McAndrews. ABA, KF572 .M38
Managing Corporate Real Estate: Forms and Procedures. Robert Kevin Brown. John Wiley & Sons, HD1394.5 .U6 B76 . See List of Exhibits on p. xxv.
Holtzschue on Real Estate Contracts, Karl Holtzschue. PLI. KF665 .Z9 H58 See Appendices.
Real Estate. James E. Larsen et al., KF2042.R4 L38
Maryland Real Estate Forms: Practice. Russell R. Reno. Looseleaf. Maryland Legal Publishers, updated annually. KFM1326 .A65 R46
Virginia Real Estate Closings: With Forms. Updated with pocket parts. Harrison Co, KFV2527 .B47
Right to Die (see Wills, Trusts, & Estates)Back to Top
Securities Law FormFinder. Available on Westlaw.
Securities Regulation: Selected Statutes, Rules and Forms. Annual. West Group. KF1433 .99 .S42. Includes forms for 1933 and 1934 Acts.
Blue Sky Law Reporter: State Blue Sky Laws, Legal Investment Laws, Regulations, Forms, Lists. Looseleaf. Commerce Clearing House, KF1436.5 .C6 . See Forms List for each state, including address and phone number for ordering forms. Updates only available electronically.
Separation Agreements (see Family Law)
INTERNATIONAL: International Sports Law and Business. Aaron N. Wise. Kluwer law International, K3702 .W57. See Exhibits at end of text.
To find form books for a particular state, do a keyword search in GULLiver for the name of your state and the word "forms" in the subject headings. For example, a good keyword search for Virginia formbooks would be:Back to Top
IRS Forms & Publications http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/
Partnerships and Joint Ventures Involving Tax-Exempt Organizations. Michael I. Sanders. Updated with bound supplements. J. Wiley, KF1388 .S26 1994. See Appendix for sample and IRS forms.
Corporation, Partnership, Fiduciary Filled-In Tax Return Forms. Annual. Commerce Clearing House KF6450 .A73 C6.
Tax Planning for Family Wealth Transfers: Analysis with Forms (3d ed.) Howard M. Zaritsky. Looseleaf. Updated through 2000. (Note: library no longer updates this title.) Warren, Gorham & Lamont, KF 6572 .Z38 See index for forms in Tables and Index (green tab). Updated on Westlaw.
International Transactional LexisNexis Forms. Available on Lexis.
Timesharing (see Real Estate)
Trademark (see Intellectual Property)
Trade Secrets (see Intellectual Property)
Trusts (see Wills, Trusts, & Estates)Back to Top
Uniform Commercial Code (see also Business)
See general form books for sections on U.C.C. forms. For a specific state, do a keyword search on GULLiver such as:
Uniform Laws Annotated, Master ed. Updated with pocket parts. West Group, KF165 .A5. See Vols. 4 - 5, Uniform Commercial Code Forms and Materials.
Forms and Procedures Under the Uniform Commercial Code. Frederick M. Hart. Looseleaf updated through 2004. (Note: library no longer updates this title.) Matthew Bender, KF885 .B45 v.5. Updated on Lexis.Back to Top Back to Top
Estate Planning & Probate FormFinder. Available on Westlaw.
Drafting Wills and Trust Agreements. Robert P. Wilkins. Looseleaf. Shepard's/McGraw-Hill. KF748.1 .W55. See vol. 3, Tables & Index for numerical table of forms.
Page on the Law of Wills, Including Probate, Will Contests, Evidence, Taxation, Conflicts, Estate Planning, Forms, and Statutes Relating to Wills (2d ed.). William Herbert Page. Updated with pocket parts. W. H. Anderson Co. KF755 .P35. See vol. 7, ,Forms.Š
The Law of Trusts and Trustees; A Treatise Covering the Law Relating to Trusts and Allied Subjects Affecting Trust Creation and Administration, with Forms (3d ed.). George Gleason Bogert. Updated with pocket parts. West Group, KF730 .B63. See Forms volumes, sections 1031-1180 and 1181-End, Index to Forms on page 593. Also on Westlaw.
Tax Planning for Family Wealth Transfers: Analysis with Forms (3d ed.). Howard M. Zaritsky. Looseleaf updated through 2000. (Note: library no longer updates this title.) Warren, Gorham & Lamont, KF 6572 .Z38 . See index for forms in Tables and Index (green tab). Updated on Westlaw.
Wills, Trusts & Estates: A Practitioner's Handbook. Bar Association of the District of Columbia, KF755 .A65 W54 . See List of Forms, page viii and Index of Forms (blue tab).
Maryland Estate Planning, Will Drafting, and Estate Administration Forms: Practice. Albert S. Barr. Looseleaf. Michie, KFM1340 .A65 B37.Back to Top Back to Top Back to Top
Revised 05/2011 (MK)
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