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George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Forms & Drafting Resources

Introduction

Formbooks are available in print and online.

Formbooks are aids for drafting legal documents. Formbooks may provide drafting guides, checklists, sample clauses, and form documents for substantive or procedural issues. They are designed with typical transactions in mind. You should always check the form against controlling law and modify them to meet your own particular needs.

Two types of forms: 

  • Pleadings and practice forms, which typically include documents that will be filed with the court (complaints, answers, replies, counterclaims, etc.)
  • Transactional, i.e., instruments that are not necessarily litigious in nature, such as leases, contracts, and wills.