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:
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.