Sunday, June 1, 2008

e-Resource of the Month for June: Gale Legal Forms

We've all heard the phrase, "Get it in writing." Failure to have agreements in writing can lead to needless disputes and misunderstanding, as well as failure to provide a remedy. Many contracts must to be in writing to be legal and enforceable. Where to begin, especially if you have no legal training? This month's e-Resource, Gale Legal Forms, provides FCPL library card holders a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas, including real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy and divorce documents, landlord tenant agreements and many others.

Where do these forms come from, you ask? The forms are drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter, forms from public records and participating companies and attorneys. "Official" forms for many states are also included.

The Gale Legal Forms database also includes a comprehensive Attorney Directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in layman's language. The Attorney Directory is a unique listing of attorneys who have agreed to offer their services at some of the most competitive rates available today. The Attorney Directory is a good place to quickly get in touch with attorneys who can help you.
While the Gale Legal Forms database does not negate the need for an attorney, it's a great place to start when you need to draft business or litigation forms. And best of all, it's free!

NOTE: See my previous post on Gale Legal Forms' documents that assist victims of identity theft. You'll also want to check out the library's complete collection of legal resources.