eResource News: Virginia Legal Forms
Failure to have agreements in writing leads to needless disputes and misunderstandings, as well as failure to provide a remedy. Many contracts must to be in writing to be legal and enforceable. Recognizing the need for ready access to reliable legal materials, Fauquier County Public Library offers several legal databases and e-resources, including the Gale Legal Forms/Virginia Legal Forms Library. Forms include:
- General Business Forms – may be used in all 50 states with little modification
- General Litigation Forms – cover many diverse causes of action; these forms are easily modified by attorneys to apply in their state
- State Specific Forms – provided by participating attorneys, form companies, or forms specifically adapted to a particular state — in this case, Virginia
- Federal Forms – business and litigation forms used in the federal system
Topics cover various legal areas, such as real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce and landlord tenant, and can be personalized in Word, Adobe Acrobat and other formats. For each form, there is an overview describing the forms’ use and how it applies to state laws/requirements.
Aside from forms, you also have access to a Legal Dictionary and a Legal Q&A* section, which includes hundreds of legal questions arranged alphabetically, with answers and explanations from an attorney in layman’s terms. For example, one Virginia resident asks if his landlord can terminate his lease due to a grease fire, which was an accident. To find out the answer, go to the Landlord Tenant > Lease Violations section and look for question/answer #24341.
For additional legal resources, including links to codes, laws and regulations, be sure to check out our Legal Resources page on the library website. The library provides access to Lexis Advanced Research and to CaseFinder in-person visitors as well.
~Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian