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Forms and Practice Materials   Tags: forms, legal drafting, legal forms, legal writing, litigation, procedural, transactional  

Rather than originally drafting documents, one can consult sample forms. Form books may include explanations, checklists and annotations to primary and secondary sources.
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Rather than originally drafting documents, one can consult sample forms.  Form books  may include explanations, checklists and annotations to primary and secondary sources. Some jurisdictions have prescribed official forms, so consult a jurisdiction's practice guides and forms before using general guides and forms. 

The Westlaw and Lexis tabs in this guide provide tips on how to search databases for forms. 

The Pleading and Practice, Transactional, Ohio and Forms by Area of Law tabs list particular form book titles.  

All form sets in this guide are current and up to date unless otherwise specified.

Related Guides:

Briefs, Motions & Pleadings

Dockets, Court Information & Rules

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General Hints for Finding Forms on Lexis & Westlaw

  • Form books on Lexis and Westlaw include forms and checklists.  Checklists enumerate what should be in a document and/or list the steps in a transaction.
  • Once you find a form on point it is sometimes a good idea to look at the table of contents.  You can see if there are checklists, additional clauses, or an even more relevant form.
  • Statutes sometimes contain the text of forms, e.g., deeds.
  • Search the Title of the Form: Searching the TITLE field (TI in Westlaw) or HEADING segment (Lexis) can bring back the exact form you want, not just forms that mention your search terms somewhere in the text of the form.

    • The Lexis HEADING field does not work in all databases.  On Lexis Advance, there is a Post-filter for Form Type (Such as a will).  
    • On WestlawNext, do an Advanced Form search, and enter a terms and connectors search in the field for Form Title. 
  •   Search words in the text of the form only, not comments:  FO(  ) or Form field search in WestlawNext finds words in the actual text of the forms, not surrounding comments or notes.

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