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Types of Forms

Forms are commonly divided into two types:

  • Procedural forms filed in court, such as a complaint, answer, or motion.
  • Transactional forms used out of court, such as contracts or wills.

CALI provides tutorials on finding and using both types of forms. Please ask a reference librarian for access.

Sources of Forms

Common sources of forms include:

  • Court and agency websites
  • Form books, which provide model forms and, often, advice on adapting forms, checklists, and references to underlying laws and relevant secondary sources.
  • Form banks, which collect real life documents used in previous transactions or cases.
  • Databases, such as Bloomberg, Westlaw, Lexis, and OnLaw.
  • Practice guides and treatises, which focus on analyzing the law but often include some forms, too.