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How To: Drafting Legal Documents: General Formbooks

Tips for drafting legal documents for your law practice.

Guide Outline


  • Introduction
  • 'Just Show Me...'
  • For Further Reading...


  • About
  • General
  • Subject-Specific
  • Jurisdiction-Specific
  • Document-Specific

Court-Prepared & Online Forms

In-House Forms Resources

  • About
  • In-House Databank
  • The Matter File
  • Your Colleagues
  • Your Own Files

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General Formbooks

These formbooks run the gamut of legal topics, from “Abandoned Property” to “Zoning.” They contain something for everyone.

General formbooks are not jurisdiction-specific. Therefore you must be careful to compare the language with applicable statutes, regulations and decisions in order to determine that it complies with the requirements of your jurisdiction.

Major sets of general formbooks:

American Jurisprudence Legal Forms (“AmJur Legal Forms”) (2d ed., 1971-). This set contains transactional forms.

American Jurisprudence Pleading and Practice Forms Annotated (“AmJur Pleading and Practice”) (1956-). This is the companion set to AmJur Legal Forms. It includes forms used in litigation.

West’s Legal Forms (5th ed. 2009-). Includes forms related to business and commercial issues.

Nichols Cyclopedia of Legal Forms Annotated. Provides forms and secondary source information for commercial issues.