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Some lawyers assemble their own collections of forms into books — building three-ring binders full of the boilerplate forms they use over and over again. When they need a particular form, they use the template and fill in the appropriate names. Others keep their frequently used forms in electronic format, making it easy to plug into a computer file the appropriate information to customize the document for a specific situation. But occasionally a lawyer needs a form that isn’t in his collection. That’s when the Internet can save the day. Dozens of sites offer ready-made forms for hundreds of uses. Some of them are free for the downloading; others cost anywhere from $10 each to $500 for a form that’s customized by the provider. Free forms usually come with disclaimers that could apply to any information that a practitioner obtains online. For example, the ‘Lectric Law Library — at www.lectlaw.comll/faq-acc.htm– urges lawyers to use caution when using any fill-in-the-blanks forms. Laws change, interpretations vary among jurisdictions, and the online form can even have typographical errors, the site suggests. Here is a list of some online sources for forms: ‘Lectric Law Library at www.uslegalforms.com/Texas.htm: Covering all 50 states, this site offers forms for a wide variety of practices, and many of the forms are Texas-specific. Some of the forms are free, but most carry a $10 charge and can be ordered online. Texas Elder Law Archive at www.premack.com/: Attorney Paul Premack of San Antonio offers a twist on the online forms business; he says at his site that each form — useful in the practice of elder law — is prepared individually and e-mailed to the buyer. “These are not ‘automated cookie cutter’ forms, but are written for you by the attorney. Detailed instructions accompany each document, along with a thorough overview of the law and a checklist for properly signing and witnessing,” according to the site. Texas Secretary of State at www.sos.state.tx.us/function/ forms/formidx.html: The Secretary of State adds an extra service to this collection of online business forms by including answers to frequently asked questions for each entry. Texas Comptroller at www.cpa.state.tx.us/taxinfo/ taxforms/00-forms.html: These forms relate to state taxes ranging from sales tax to cigarette tax. Findlaw at www.findlaw.com/16forms/index.html: The collection of Texas forms is sparse, but the list of online federal forms is much more extensive. Kanes Oil and Gas Forms at www.kanesforms.com/index.htm: This Midland, Tex., company offers its 400 oil and gas forms on a compact disc that sells for $169. But some of the forms are displayed online as samples.

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