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Introduction

Law students and lawyers often use sample or model forms when creating documents. Generally there are two main categories of forms. One category includes instruments. Instruments are used in transactions such as contracts, estates and trusts, and real property. The second category includes pleadings, which are filed with the court. Formbooks can cover the entire span of the law or they can be geared towards a specific area. Here are a few helpful hints about forms:

  • Sample forms are just that -- samples. Many must be refined to meet your particular needs and wants. Find forms in multiple sources and compare them. Then incorporate the best aspects into your own form.
  • Court forms that are specific to a jurisdiction are often available at local law libraries. This is especially true for the different counties; therefore, ask the county law librarian about court forms.
  • Other forms, including NC Court forms, can be found online.
  • Some formbooks include annotations, checklists, and citations to cases in which the forms were used.

How Do I Find Forms?

To find forms at our library, search the UNC Catalog. Searching our catalog for formbooks is best done in the advanced search screen. You can search multiple keywords at once and you can limit the search to the law library. General keyword searches that can be used include: (1) North Carolina (2) federal (3) forms (4) drafting and (5) a specialized area of law such as contract, property, bankruptcy, or tax. By using two or three of these terms you should find multiple formbooks available on your topic.

Some of these resources have an older copyright date. For the most updated materials, please consult any pocket parts and/or supplements connected with each resource.

Finally, always feel free to ask a reference librarian for a good place to find forms.

General and Federal Formbooks

  • American Jurisprudence Legal Forms , 2d ed. Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co., 1971. [KF 170 .A542 1971]. Library has the most current volumes.
  • Bender's Federal Practice Forms . Matthew Bender, 1951. [KF 8836 .F78]. Library receives updates.
  • Federal Jury Practice and Instructions: Civil and Criminal , 4d ed. Thomson West, 1987. [KF 8984 .D4 1987]. Updated through supplemental materials.
  • Federal Jury Practice and Instructions , 6th ed. Thomson West, 2006. [KF 8984 .D4 2006]. Print version is updated through supplemental materials.
  • Federal Procedural Forms, Lawyers Edition . Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co., 1975. [KF 8836 .F42 1975]. Updated through replacement volumes.
  • Jasper, Margaret C. More Everyday Legal Forms, 2nd ed. Oceana Publications, 2001. [KF 170 .E94 2001].
  • Moore, James William & Louis R. Frumer, Moore's Manual: Federal Practice Forms. Matthew Bender, 1964. [KF 8820 .A313 M68] Library receives updates.
  • Nichols, Clark A. Nichols Cyclopedia of Federal Procedure Forms. Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co., 1952. [KF 8835 .C931 1952]. Updated through replacement volumes and supplemental materials.
  • Nichols, Clark A. Nichols Cyclopedia of Legal Forms Annotated. Callaghan, 1936. [KF 170 .N53 1936]. Updated through replacement volumes and supplemental materials.
  • Sterba, M. John, ed. Legal Opinion Letters: A Comprehensive Guide to Opinion Letter Practice, 3rd ed. Aspen Publishers, 2003. [KF 250 .D73 3rd]. Updated through supplemental materials.
  • West's Federal Forms . Thomson West, 1952. [KF 8836 .W47 1952]. Updated through replacement volumes, supplemental materials, and interim pamphlets.
  • West's Legal Forms , 2nd ed. Thomson West, 1981. [KF 1384 .A65 W47 1981]. Updated through replacement volumes and supplemental materials.
  • Wright, Charles Alan et al., Federal Practice and Procedure. Thomson West, 1969. [KF 8840 .W68 1969]. Updated through replacement volumes and supplemental materials.

North Carolina Formbooks

  • Barlow, John, et. al., North Carolina General Practice Form Book. Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest CLE, Annual. [KFN7481 .N673 1999].
  • Douglas' Forms . Newark, NJ: LexisNexis, c2008-. [KFN7468 .D68 2008].
  • North Carolina General Practice Deskbook . 3rd ed. Cary, NC: North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, c2004. [KFN7481 .G45 3rd].
  • North Carolina General Practice Form Book . Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest CLE, Annual.[KFN7481 .N673 1999]
  • North Carolina Judicial Department Forms Manual . Raleigh, NC: Administrative Office of the Courts, 1984. [KFN7468 .N677 Rev].
  • Thorp, William L.,Thorp's North Carolina Trial Practice Forms, 6th ed., St. Paul, MN: West Group, c2003. [KFN 7930 .A65 T48 2003].

Subject Specific Form Books

Banking

  • Clontz, Ralph C., Truth in-lending Manual: Text and Forms, rev. ed. Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1996. [KF1040 .C54 Rev].
  • Reby, Jacob W., Banking and Lending Institution Forms: with Commentary and Checklists. Warren, Gorham Lamont, 1992. [KF972 .B36].
  • Federal Banking Law Reporter . Commerce Clearing House, 1973. [KF971.5 .F42].

Bankruptcy

  • Bender's Federal Practice Forms . M. Bender, 1951. [KF8836 .F78].
  • West's Bankruptcy Reporter . West Pub. Co., 1980-. [KF1515 .A2 W47].
  • King, Lawrence P., Collier on Bankruptcy, 16th ed. LexisNexis, 2009-. [KF1524 .C654 16th].
  • Cowans, Daniel R., Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 7th ed. Lexis Law Publishing. [KF1524 .C64 1998].
  • Hemmendinger, Thomas S., Hillman on Commercial Loan Documentation, 5th ed. Practicing Law Institute, 2000. [KF1035 .H54 5th].
  • Herzog, Asa Shaffer, et al., Herzog's Bankruptcy Forms and Practice. West Group 9th ed. 1991. [KF1527 .H45 9th].
  • Hillman, William C., Bankruptcy Deskbook, 3rd ed. Practicing Law Institute, 2000. [KF1527 .L4 3rd].
  • Sommer, Henry J., Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice: with CD-ROM, 7th ed. National Consumer Law Center, 2004. [ KF1527 .S66 2004].

Business/Corporations

  • Allman, C. Edwin, III, et al., Corporation & Business Law Form Book, 1992. Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest CLE, 1992. [KFN7605 .A65 C67 1992].
  • Basics of Business Law . Cary, NC: North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, c1988-. [KFN7613 .A75 B38].
  • Moser, Kenneth A., North Carolina Commercial Financing Forms. Lawyers Co-operative Pub., 1992. [KFN7570 .A65 M67].
  • Robinson, Russel M., Robinson on North Carolina Corporation Law. 7th ed. Newark, NJ: LexisNexis/Matthew Bender, 2002-. [KFN7613 .R62 7th].
  • Snyder, James E., Snyder North Carolina Corporation Law and Practice Forms. 3rd ed., Suwanee, GA: Harrison Co., c1999. [KFN7613 .A65 569 1999].

Civil Practice and Procedure

  • Moore, James William, Moore's Manual: Federal Practice Forms. M. Bender, 1964. [KF8820 .A313 M68].
  • Nichols, Clark Asahel, Nichols Cyclopedia of Federal Procedure Forms. Callaghan, 1952. [KF8835 .C931 1952].
  • United States. Supreme Court. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure : with Forms. 1990-. [Y 4.J 89/1-11: microfiche].
  • Luney, Percy R. Jr., Luney's Burns North Carolina Discovery : with Forms, Rev. ed. Norcross, GA: Harrison Co., 1992. [KFN7937 .B85 1992]. Reserve Room.
  • Woodlief, Alan D. Shuford North Carolina Civil Practice and Procedure : with Appellate Advocacy. 6th ed. Eagan, MN: Thomson West, c2003. [KFN7930 .S53 2003].

Collections

  • Carruthers, Catherine, et al., Collection and Enforcement of Judgments Form Book. Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest CLE, 1992. [KFN7951 .N671 1992].
  • Clontz, Ralph C. Collection and Enforcement of Judgments, 2001. Winston-Salem : Wake Forest CLE, 2001. [KFN7951 .N67 2001].

Construction Law

  • North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook, 4th ed. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, 2006. [KFN7675 .Z9 C63 2006].

Consumer Credit

  • Clontz, Ralph C., Truth in-lending Manual: Text and Forms. Rev. ed. Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1996. [KF1040 .C54 Rev]
  • Consumer Law Pleadings . National Consumer Law Center, 1994. [KF1040 .A3 C74].

Contracts

  • Williston, Samuel, A Treatise on the Law of Contracts, 4th ed. Lord, Richard A. Lawyers Cooperative, 1990. [KF 801 .W53 1990].
  • Atwell, J. Stanley, et al., North Carolina Contract Practice Manual, Rev. ed. Winston- Salem, NC: Wake Forest CLE, 1991. [KFN7550 .A75 N67 1991].

Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks/Intellectual

  • Advanced Licensing Agreements for the New Economy , 2001. Practicing Law Institute, 2001. [KF3145 .Z9 A39 2001].
  • Drafting License Agreements . 4th ed. Aspen Law & Business, 2002. [KF2979 .D692 4th].
  • Intellectual Property Licensing: Forms and Analysis . New York: Law Journal Press, 1999. [KF3145 .L528].
  • Raysman, Richard, Multimedia Law: Forms & Analysis. Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1994. [KF390.5 .C6 R32].
  • Kohn, Al and Bob Kohn, Kohn on Music Licensing. Aspen Law & Business, 3rd ed. c2002. [KF3035 .K64 2002]
  • Kramer, Barry et al., Patent Law Practice Forms: Rules, Annotations, Commentary. West Group, 1985. [KF3111 .K73].
  • Holmes, Mark S., Patent Licensing: Strategy, Negotiation, Forms. Practicing Law Institute, 2000. [KF3145 .H64].
  • Kutten, L. J., Computer Software: Protection, Liability, Law, Forms. West Group 2003. [KF3024 .C6 K88].
  • Lindey, Alexander, Lindey on Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts: Agreements and the Law, 3rd ed., Thompson/West 2004-. [KF2992 .L55 3rd].
  • Millstein, Julian S., Doing Business on the Internet: Forms and Analysis. Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1997. [KF889 .M54].
  • Nimmer, Melville B. Nimmer on Copyright: A Treatise on the Law of Literary, Musical, and Artistic Property, and the Protection of Ideas. Matthew Bender, 1978. [KF2991.5 .N55 Rev]. Reserve Room.

Criminal Law and Procedure

  • Farb, Robert L., Arrest Warrant and Indictment Forms. 5th ed. UNC Institute of Government, c2005. [KFN7976 .A65 A77 5th].
  • Farb, Robert L. and Sherry C. McConnell. North Carolina Prosecutors' Trial Manual. 2nd ed. UNC Institute of Government, 1993. [KFN7977 .F37 2nd].
  • Joyner, Irving. Criminal Procedure in North Carolina. 3rd ed. Newark, NJ: LexisNexis, c2005. [KFN7975 .J69 2005].
  • North Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure . Annual, Charlottesville, VA: Michie Co. [KFN7961 .N673].
  • Price, Ronald M. North Carolina Criminal Trial Practice Forms, 5th ed. Eagan, MN: Thomson/ West, c2003. [KFN7975.A6 P74 2003]. Reserve Room.

Domestic Relations

  • Armstrong, Marcia H., Practical Family Law Desk Book, 1999. Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest CLE, 1999. [KFN7494 .P73 1999].
  • Armstrong, Marcia H., Practical Family Law Form Book. Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest CLE, 1999. [KFN7494 .A65 P73 1999].
  • Kelso, Lloyd T., North Carolina Divorce, Alimony and Child Custody: With Forms, 4th ed. [rev.] St. Paul, MN: West Group, c2003-2008. [KFN7500 .K44 2003].
  • Revised Child Support Guidelines . Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, 1994. [KFN7504.8 Z9 R48 1994].
  • Sullivan, Mark E. & Bailey J. Farrin. Family Law Practice and Procedure. Raleigh, NC : North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2000. [KFN7494 .A65 S94 2000].

Personal Injuries

  • Personal Injury Law: The Real Stuff: A Compendium of a Dozen Topics Facing the Personal Injury Practitioner Every Day . North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1994. [KFN7939 .P4 P474 1994].

Property

  • Padrick, Comer W, Padrick's RESPA, TILA, HOEPA and ECOA in Real Estate Transactions, with Forms. 5th ed. Thomson/West c2004. [KF681 .P33 5th].
  • Celentano, John A., Real Estate Law and Practice with Forms. West Pub. Co., 1991. [KFN1912 .C45 1991].
  • Campbell, William A., Property Tax Lien Foreclosure: Forms and Procedures, 6th ed. UNC Institute of Government, c2003. [KFN7871.9 .F6 C35 2003].
  • Commercial Real Estate . Cary, NC: North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, 1998. [KFN7526 .Z9 C65 1998].
  • North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook , 4th ed. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, 2006. [KFN7675 .Z9 C63 2006].
  • Land Use Regulation and Planning . North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, c2000. [KFN7858 .Z9 L35 2000].
  • Mills, Janice. North Carolina Landlord and Tenant Breach and Remedies: with Forms. Norcross, GA: Harrison Co., 1991. [KFN7517 .S47 1991].
  • Moser, Kenneth A., et al., North Carolina Real Estate Forms: Practice. Rochester, NY: Lawyers Co-operative Pub., 1992-1995. [KFN7526 .A65 M67].
  • Webster, James A., Webster's Real Estate Law in North Carolina: Possessory Estates and Present Interests in Real Property. 5th ed. Charlottesville, VA: LEXIS Law Pub., 1999. [KFN7512 .W42 1999]. Reserve Room.

Securities Regulation

  • Commodity Futures Law Reporter: Federal Regulation of Commodity Futures Trading: Laws, Regulations, Forms, Rulings and Decisions . Commerce Clearing House, 1974. [KF1085 .A6 C64].
  • Paris, Carolyn E. C., How to Draft for Corporate Finance. Practicing Law Institute, 2000-2006. [KF1428 .A65 P37].
  • Federal Securities Law Reporter: Federal Regulation of Securities; Laws, Regulations, Forms, Rulings and Decisions Currently Supplemented and Indexed . Commerce Clearing House, 1993. [KF1436.5 .F42].
  • Ratner, David L. and Thomas Lee Hazen, Securities Regulations: Selected Statutes, Rules and Forms. West Publishing Co. 1990. [KF1433.99.S42].

Tax

  • Campbell, William A., Property Tax Lien Foreclosure: Forms and Procedures, 6th ed. UNC Institute of Government, c2003. [KFN7871.9 .F6 C35 2003].
  • North Carolina Tax Reporter: State and Local; All Taxes, All Taxables . Commerce Clearing House, 1951. [KFN7870 .A6 N67].

Trusts and Estates

  • Westfall, David, Estate planning law and taxation. 4th ed. Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 2001-. [KF6584 .W47 4th].
  • Bogert, George Gleason, and George Taylor Bogert, Law of Trusts and Trustees: A Treatise Covering the Law Relating to Trusts and Allied Subjects Affecting Trust Creation and Administration, with Forms, 3rd ed., West Group, 2000. [KF730 .B63 2000].
  • Jordan, Michael L.M.., Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives. 4th ed. West Group, 2004-. [KF1347 .J73 4th].
  • Page, William Herbert, Page on the Law of Wills: Including Probate, Will Contests, Evidence, Taxation, Conflicts, Estate Planning, Forms, and Statutes Relating to Wills. Anderson Publishing Co., 1960. [KF755 .P33 1960].
  • Atwell, J. Stanley. Will Drafting and Probate Practice, 2006. Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest CLE, c2006. [KFN7544 .N67 2006].
  • Basics of Will Drafting . Cary, NC: North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, 1998. [KFN7544 .B37 1998].
  • Hall, C. Wells, North Carolina Will and Trust Manual. 2002 ed. Winston-Salem: Wake Forest University School of Law, c2002. [KFN 7542 .A6 W54 2002]. Reserve Room.
  • Holding, Graham D. and Christy Eve Reid. BB&T Estate Planning Forms Manual, Branch Banking and Trust Corp., c2006. [KFN7540 .H64 2006].
  • McLamb, Janet H. Edwards' North Carolina Probate Handbook: with Forms. St. Paul, MN: Thomson/West, 2003. [KFN7544 .E38].
  • McLaughlin, James B. Wiggins Wills and Administration of Estates in North Carolina. 4th ed. Eagan, MN: Thomson West, c2005. [KFN7544 .W54 2005].
  • North Carolina Wills and Trusts . Charlotte, NC: First Union National Bank of North Carolina, 1979. [KFN7542 .N671].


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