Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 2011 e-Resource: Gale Legal Forms

For the month of June, let's focus our attention on the library's subscription to Gale Legal Forms. Gale Legal Forms provides library patrons access to thousands of legal forms available, including Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms, covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Some of the most popular forms downloaded include those related to bankruptcy, divorce, name change, power of attorney and wills.

Forms available on Gale Legal Forms include forms drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter, forms from public records and participating companies and attorneys. "Official" forms for many states, including Virginia are also included.

Basic Legal Forms
Some of the "basic" forms provided on this site cover the following categories: (1) Real Estate, (2) Leases, (3) Corporations, (4) Employment, (5) Wills, (6) Sale of Property, (7) Loans & Financing and (8) Other Business Forms.

While "basic" or "standard" forms can generally be used with minor modification and are sometimes referred to as "fill in the blank." many of these types of forms differ from state to state, so choosing the correct standard form is important. And although many of the forms may be considered basic, you are advised to consult an attorney in your State to review any form you prepare.


Complex Legal Forms
There are also many forms available that are "complex" and should be used only as a guide and are better suited for attorneys than individuals. Most of these forms are litigation type forms or complex contracts. These forms require major modifications to fit a particular case based upon the facts of that case. Attorneys commonly use these forms as guides when drafting pleadings and contracts for their clients.


If you prefer print materials, the library system also has a number of books containing sample legal forms available for checkout. Also, be sure to check out all the library's legal e-resources, including helpful links to various laws, codes and regulations on our Legal Resources page.

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