Friday, October 26, 2018

Alabama LegalForms

by Mark Skinner, East Ensley Branch Library

Google is helpful for a lot of things and for giving a lot of answers. However, Google can make it difficult if someone is searching for a legal form. In general, most legal forms are state specific, and most of the time, it is difficult to tell if you found it from a reliable source. Sometimes, you might have found that perfect legal form on a website. You fill out all your information, and everything looks great. But then, when you try to print or save it, the website lets you know that, by the way, you will need to pay us money to use this form. As you can imagine, it is a pretty frustrating experience.

The Birmingham Public Library has access to a database called Alabama LegalForms. If you have a simple matter, such as a bill of sale or a residential lease, you should be able to find what you are looking for on Alabama LegalForms. You can save yourself some time and potential heartache down the road by using these forms rather than relying on verbal agreements that can lead to misunderstandings and disputes.

The site also includes forms for more complex issues as well, such as divorce, power of attorney, wills, or bankruptcy. All these forms are freely available to you as a Birmingham Public Library patron.

It is very important to remember that your friendly library staff are not attorneys and cannot tell you what form to fill out. Alabama LegalForms is no substitute for the counsel of an attorney. However, we are more than happy to show you how to access the site and how to search for the forms.

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