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Forms & Sample Documents: By Practice Type

Litigation

These include sample complaints, motions, answers, interrogatories and other similar pleadings and filings and can also include criminal court filings. The best way to locate appropriate litigation forms is typically to select your jurisdiction and then review form books specific to that jurisdiction. See the General Forms section for descriptions of each resource.

Bloomberg Law:

  1. Click on the “Litigation & Dockets” tab
  2. Click on the “Litigation Resources” link to view jury instructions
  3. Or on Secondary Sources links to “Litigation Books & Treatises” or the Bloomberg BNA Litigation Portfolios which both contain forms and sample agreements.

Lexis+:

  1. Click Browse Sources
  2. Narrow by “Forms” as content type
  3. Examples:

Practical Law

  1. Click on the "Practice Areas" tab and then click on "Litigation"
  2. Then select subtopic, click on Jurisdiction or click on Resource Types to limit your search to Standard Documents or Standard Clauses   (Note: the "Checklists" resource option under Litigation may also be helpful)

PLI PLUS:

  1. Accessible through the Law Databases page
  2. Click on "Forms"
  3. Click arrow in front of "Practice Area" and select "Litigation"
  4. Select Form Type from drop down menu (Model Court Orders, Pleadings/Motions, etc.)
  5. Enter Search terms or "Form Title" in the search boxes at the top
  6. Click Green Magnifying glass to search 

Westlaw:

  1. Click on “Forms” under the main Browse heading
  2. Select your jurisdiction OR
  3. For general and federal forms, review the Forms by Publication section for the following databases:

Transactional

Transactional forms include contracts, leases, attorney-client fee agreements, trust instruments as well as business incorporation materials and other similar items. The forms listed below include both standard boilerplate examples and sample agreements taken from actual law firm or business transactions.

Bloomberg Law:

  1. Click on Transactional Law tab for a links to:
    • DealMaker Documents and Clauses
    • Transactional Legal Treatises which often contain forms,
    • Transactional Resources with links to sample documents and
    • Drafting Guides & Overviews with numerous document and clause descriptions and other tools.

Lexis+:

  1. Browse Sources
  2. Narrow by “Forms” for content type
  3. “Search sources” for the following representative titles or view the entire results list for more options:

Lexis Practice Advisor (accessible via Lexis+)

  1. Select Practice Area from tabs at the top of the page or via the "Topics" drop down menu under the red search box.
  2. Select Forms at your Content Type under the search box to search by term or browse the list of forms/sample documents in the column on the left side for each practice area tab you selected.
  3. When browsing the types of forms listed for each practice area, be sure to click on "Show More" to see the full list of available documents.

Practical Law:

  1. Select Practice Areas tab
  2. Click on Jurisdiction (optional) or click on Resource Types tab
  3. Click on Standard Documents or Standard Clauses

PLI PLUS:

  1. Accessible through the Law Databases page
  2. Click on "Forms"
  3. Click arrow in front of "Practice Area" or ignore to search across all practice areas
  4. Select Form Type from drop down menu (Clauses, Contracts, Wills etc.)
  5. Enter Search terms or "Form Title" in the search boxes at the top 
  6. Click Green Magnifying class to search

Westlaw:

  1. Click on “Forms” under the main Browse heading
  2. Select your jurisdiction or, for general and federal forms, review the Forms by Publication section for the following databases: