Excerpt From the Guerrilla Guide to Legal Research – Legal Forms
The following post is a small section of the Guerrilla Guide to Legal Research which is in the final stages and should be released in the next week or so.
How to Research and Find Forms
That’s what anyone who is trying to represent themselves should do as well. You can use the abilities learned in this book to find the law, then use the law to draft whatever legal document you need.
By doing it from the ground up you will be able to respond to any attacks on it and won’t just be using a paper which you don’t understand. A person using a legal form that they don’t understand is as dangerous to their case as an inexperienced person is to other people.
However, if you absolutely must have a form then other than things like wills and divorces, for which the forms sites are tolerable, then the best place to get one is at the clerk of courts office for the court where your case is or will be. Almost all court files are public records and often if you are friendly enough the people there will help you find a form that has been filed by a lawyer in a similar case and only charge you a nominal copying fee.
Once you get the form don’t just copy it and file it. Find the law that applies and try to understand why the lawyer put each thing in the document. That way if something changes or you have to respond you have enough of an understanding to do so competently.