One major resource that more experienced attorneys have access to that new attorneys often do not is an extensive “Form Library.” A Form Library is (at least in this age of technology) an electronic database of all the useful forms an attorney has come across in his/her years of practicing law. Motions, Proposed Orders, letters of varying types for different purposes – all these are examples of documents an efficient attorney holds onto and adds to his/her Form Library. The reason behind building a Form Library is to save time (instead of having to redraft something each time the attorney needs to file something, in essence reinventing the wheel each time, (s)he can look for a document that was used in a case similar to the one at hand and modify it as necessary) and so save his/her clients money (for a lawyer might only have to spend 10 hours on a case that (s)he might have had to spend 20 on if (s)he had to draft each document from scratch, and so can charge accordingly).
The new attorney looking to build up his/her Form Library can do so in a number of ways. Certainly being on the lookout for useful documents is always a good thing, but can take time. And, another popular method, when the new attorney has the need arise for a particular type of document, (s)he can always turn to his/her fellow attorneys in the community and ask if (s)he can see a sample of what others have produced. New attorneys who go to work with an already established firm will similarly be able to lean on the more experienced attorneys in the firm (or the firm might already have a Form Library). And, in my efforts to help new lawyers (indeed, that is the purpose behind the “Lawyering 101” series), I will try to add posts linking to forms in the “Online Legal Resources” Category when I come across them. I hope it will prove helpful. Until next time, I shall remain
Very Truly Yours,
– Nick Lee –
The information on this site is general information and should not be construed as legal advice. Every case is unique and you should consult with an attorney in your state about the specific details of your case. Nothing on this site or in correspondence with Nicholas Lee or his agents shall be construed as forming an attorney-client relationship and information you send prior to the forming of an attorney-client relationship may not be kept confidential. Neither this site nor correspondence with Nicholas Lee or his agents shall be construed as a promise nor as undertaking a duty regarding you or your case. Nicholas Lee and his agents are not retained as your legal counsel unless a valid written Representation Agreement is reached regarding your specific case.
“Defending Tennessee” is a privately-ran legal blog and is not a public legal aid agency. References to external sources are for the convenience and reference of the readers, but the accuracy of any information included in external sources is not guaranteed by Nicholas Lee, Lee Criminal Defense, nor any other authors/contributors . Additionally, any summary of case-law or representations about or in regards to the legal system are made with good intent, but Nicholas Lee, Lee Criminal Defense, and other authors/contributors do not accept any liability for any harm that may result from relying upon anything on this site – if you have a legal need, please consult an attorney licensed in your area immediately.