FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: In what formats can I download the forms?
A: There are multiple formats available. At a minimum, every form will be available in either Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. Many forms are available in both formats, and some are available in WordPerfect and Text formats as well.
Q: Can I order Gale LegalForms for multiple states?
A: Yes. The basic subscription is available for your library state of residence and will also include multi-state forms. For an additional 25% of that initial price you may purchase a second subscription, and for 10% of that initial price you can add however many more states you might want. The Home screen will default to the library state of residence, whereupon users will be given a menu choice to select other states to which the library has access.
Q: Can a patron email a legal form to themselves?
A: Only if the library provides this capability. With the initial release of Gale LegalForms users will only be able to download, fill out, and either save or print the form. An email link is not available within the product.
Q: If a library subscribes to multiple states how will this effect access/use? In other words, will the user access the online resource and have to choose a state before they can search the content or will the user access the online resource directly to the content and be able to get search results from all states at once?
A: Libraries that subscribe to multiple states will have a default state page — their state of residence. This is where the patron will start from when they access the online resource. The NAME of the state is prominently displayed in the header. From this page, there are hyperlinks to the other state(s) they subscribe to. So, their searches will be restricted to only the state they are accessing.
Q: How many forms are there in a single-state subscription?
A: The number of forms in each subscription will vary depending on the state but no state contains less than 1,000 forms and some exceed 3,000.
Q: How often are the forms updated?
A: All forms are updated at least annually and many forms are updated as many as three times a year.
Q: How are updates handled? Are the forms updated daily, monthly, quarterly, etc.?
A: Daily would be the most correct answer. Forms will be updated as changes occur — there will be no one single time when all changes are uploaded — forms are more timely this way. Our content partner employs a staff of attorneys who are constantly reviewing and updating the forms.
Q: Will the online resource include a glossary of legal terms/concepts? Other tools?
A: Yes, there is a section of the online resource that specifically deals with legal definitions (for the layman). We also will include a list of lawyers in that particular state. Also, under each specific form a brief overview, including state peculiarities, about what the form is used for.
Q: Does Gale LegalForms follow the same 'search' criteria as other Gale electronic online resources?
A: No. Gale LegalForms is a 3rd party online resource and therefore has slightly different search features. Make sure to access the SEARCH HELP link on the main menu that describes this.
Q: Where do the forms come from?
A: Forms available on Gale LegalForms include forms drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter, forms from public records and participating companies and attorneys. "Official" forms for many states are also included. The legal forms online resource and Gale LegalForms is powered by USlegalforms.com, the nations leading legal forms publisher.
Q: What types of forms are available?

A: The legal forms available on Gale LegalForms include business, litigation and federal forms.

General Business Forms are forms which may be used in all 50 states with little modification.

General Litigation Forms are various litigation forms covering many diverse causes of action. These forms are easily modified by users' Attorneys to apply in their state.

State Specific Forms are forms provided by Participating Attorneys and forms companies specifically adapted to a particular state.

Federal Forms are business and litigation forms used in the Federal system.

Q: Can a patron use the form 'as-is'? Does Gale LegalForms eliminate the need to hire an attorney?
A: The Basic or standard forms can generally be used with minor modification and are sometimes referred to as "fill in the blank." However, many of these types of forms differ from state to state. Therefore, choosing the correct standard form is important. Also, although many of the forms may be considered basic, patrons are advised to consult an attorney in their State to review any form they prepare.
Q: Gale LegalForms includes litigation forms that can be used in a court of law. Does this mean users could represent themselves and save the cost of hiring an attorney?
A: These types of forms are 'Complex Forms'. Many of the forms available within Gale LegalForms are 'complex' and should be used only as a guide and are better suited for attorneys than individuals. Most of these forms are litigation type forms or complex contracts. These forms require major modifications to fit a particular case based upon the facts of that case. Attorneys commonly use these forms as guides when drafting pleadings and contracts for their clients. Patrons are strongly advised to seek the advice of an attorney on using any legal form within the product.
Q: There is an 'Attorney Directory' feature within the product. Where does this list originate from? Are these recommendations from Gale?
A: The Attorney Directory is a unique listing of attorneys who have agreed to offer their services at some of the most competitive rates available today. The Attorney Directory is a good place to start to quickly get in touch with attorneys who can help you. This is NOT a complete list of attorneys and is NOT intended to be represented as such. Furthermore, this list is NOT a recommended list of attorneys. Gale does not review or recommend specific attorneys for library patrons.
Q: When I download a form the site sometimes asks me to access another URL and gives me a logon and password. I then have to download the actual form from this site. Why does this occur?
A: This is because most of the legal forms (rather than the letters and other content) are stored on a separate server. We are constantly accessing the 'legal forms' server with updates and therefore do not want to affect the performance (and your response time) of the primary site. As a result, you may have to download all of the content twice (once for the instructions and related information/instructions, and once for the actual form).
Q: What are the "Selected Legal Form Areas" on the home page?
A: These are sample searches for many of the most commonly downloaded forms. These are by no means a list of all form areas. If you do not locate what you need on this list, please use the search feature on the left menu.
Q: Why are there different versions of the same type form available (such as residential leases)?
A: Different people have different desires in what they want a form to include. Providing several versions of the same form type allows the user to select a form that better suits their needs.
Q: Are all pdf forms fillable?
A: No. Most of the forms are fillable, but there are selected pdf forms that are not fillable. Most of these forms are forms that are better printed and completed by hand.
Q: What is a form field in the Word format and how are they used?
A: Form fields in a Word document are fields or blanks that can be completed by using tabs to select the field to be completed. Most forms that contain form fields are also locked, which means that the form cannot be modified. It can only be completed. This feature is commonly used in official forms and other forms that are not to be modified by the user.
Q: What Word documents do not have form fields and how are they used?
A: If the form does not have form fields and is not locked it can be modified. This simply means that the content of the form could be modified by the user. This does not mean that the form should be modified and you cannot assume that all unlocked forms may be changed. It simply means that the form was not locked and it is physically possible to modify the form. Unlocked forms are very common in the legal field because many users need to modify the form content for their particular matter.
Q: May a user request a form be added that they cannot find?
A: Yes. The user may send an email to libsupport@uslegalforms.com and provide the name of the form needed.
Q: What happens if I download a legal form that is rejected by the Court?
A: There is no guarantee or warranty, nor do you have any recourse if a form is rejected. Although forms are updated regularly, there may be occasions when the form online is out of date for a period of time.
Q: I noticed your content provider has a web site and sells the content by individual form. Are all forms available on the USlegalforms web site (for my State) also available in my Gale LegalForms State library subscription?
A: Although most forms available on USlegalforms.com are available in the state library subscriptions, a limited number of forms, form packages, legal form completion services and other legal products offered by USlegalforms.com are not included.
Q: How do I see all forms under a particular category?
A: After you conduct a search, click on the category name displayed above the form titles to see all forms under a particular category. After you click on the form title, you may also use the form category located on the detail page to see all forms under the category of the form.
Q: What are descriptions and law summaries?
A: After you click on a form title, you will be taken to a detail page. For most forms, the detail page contains information about the form, such as form category, and a description. The description is a brief statement about what the form contains. Law Summaries are also available for selected forms. Law Summaries are generally statutory law that may relate to the form. You may also check the legal definitions for information about a particular matter.
Q: What are "Court Samples"?
A: Court Samples are actual pleadings and documents filed in actual court proceedings, or official recording offices and are public record. They are presented to provide examples of legal forms being used in your State. The forms are identified by the word "Court Sample" on the detail page after you click the form title.
Q: How do I download the form to my computer?
A: Locate the form you need and click on the title of the form. This will take you to the detail page. The detail page contains information about the form. Look for the word "Download". Next to "Download" you will see the formats of the form available for downloading. Click on the format you need. Depending on how your computer is configured, the form will either open or you will be prompted to save or open the form. If you save the form, be sure to note the location where the form is saved on the hard drive.
Q: In the search results, how can I tell the difference between my individual state forms and the multi-state forms?
A: Look at the form number. Multi-state forms have form numbers that begin with the letters US, for example, US-00925. The state forms begin with the two-letter designator for the state, for example AL-806D is the Alabama form.
Q: Our library terminals only have access to .pdf files via the free Acrobat viewer we downloaded off of the Internet. I can't access the other formats the forms are in.
A: Microsoft makes available, for free, a Word viewer that you can download off their Internet site. Just search for "Microsoft" and "viewers" in a search engine and you will find them. Word Viewer 2003 lets you open Word 2003 documents and documents created with all previous versions of Microsoft Word for Windows and Microsoft Word for Macintosh. In addition to Word document files (.doc), you can also open files saved in the following formats:
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Text (.txt)
  • Web Page formats (.htm, .html, .mht, .mhtml)
  • WordPerfect 5.x (.wpd)
  • WordPerfect 6.x (.doc, .wpd)
  • Works 6.0 (.wps)
  • Works 7.0 (.wps)
  • XML (.xml)