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Legal Forms Research Guide

This is a subject listing of resources for legal forms.


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Practicing lawyers require sample versions of standard legal documents known as model forms. There are sets of forms for federal practice, most states, and specialized subject areas. Some form sets 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:

  1. Instruments, which ​are documents used to complete transactions between private parties in business, real estate, estate planning, etc.
  2. Pleadings, which ​are documents filed in court.

Model forms of both types of legal documents can be found in the law library in books, looseleafs, and electronic databases. Remember to browse the shelves for additional form books for related subjects. Some titles may also be available on Westlaw or Lexis.

You can also find legal forms on the internet, but be wary of costs and verify the quality of the source. Good online sources include Findlaw Forms'Lectric Law Library, and the IRS forms page

To find form books for a particular state, run a keyword search in GULLiver for the name of your state and the word forms. For example, Virginia forms. 

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:

Browse forms by subject on the next page for sources of forms for specific subjects.