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        Frequently Asked Questions:
        1.   What formats can I download the forms in?
        2.   Can I order LegalForms for multiple states?
        3.   Can a patron email a legal form to themselves?
        4.   If a library subscribes to multiple states how will this effect access/use?

        5.  How many forms are there in a single-state subscription?
        6.  How often are the forms updated?
        7.  How are updates handled? Are the forms updated daily, monthly, quarterly, etc.?
        8.  Will the database include a glossary of legal terms/concepts? Other tools?
        9.  Does Gale LegalForms follow the same „search‟ criteria as other Gale electronic
            databases?
        10. Where do the forms come from?
        11. What types of forms are available?
        12. Can a patron use the form „as-is‟? Does LegalForms eliminate the need to hire an
            attorney?
        13. Legalforms includes litigation forms that can be used in a court of law. Does this
            mean patrons could represent themselves and save the cost of hiring an attorney?
        14. There is an „Attorney Directory‟ feature within the product. Where does this list
            originate from? Are these recommendations from Gale?
        15. When I download a form the site it 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 is this?
        16. What are the "Selected Legal Form Areas" on the home page?

        17. Why are there different versions of the same type form available (such as
            residential leases)?
        18. Are all pdf forms fillable?
        19. What is a form field in the Word format and how are they used?
        20. What Word documents do not have form fields and how are they used?
        21. May a user request a form be added that they cannot find?
        22. What happens if I download a legal form that is rejected by the Court?
        23. 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?
        24. How do I see all forms under a particular category?
        25. What are descriptions and law summaries?
        26. What are "Court Samples"?
        27. How do I download the form to my computer?
        28. In the search results, how can I tell the difference between my individual state forms
            and the multi-state forms?




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        29. 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.


    1. Q: What formats can I download the forms in?
        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.

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    2. Q: Can I order 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 the patron will be given a menu choice to select the other states the
        library has access to.

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    3. 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 the patron will only be able to download, fill out, and either save or print the
       form. An email link is not available within the product.

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    4. Q: If a library subscribes to multiple states how will this effect access/use?
       Meaning, will the user access the database and have to choose a state before they
       can search the content OR will the user access the database 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 database.
        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.

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    5. Q: How many forms are there in a single-state subscription?



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        A: The number of forms in each subscription will vary depending on the State but no
        state contains less than 1000 forms and some exceed 3000.

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    6. 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.

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    7. 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.

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    8. Q: Will the database include a glossary of legal terms/concepts? Other tools?
       A: Yes, there is a section of the database 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.

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    9. Q: Does Gale LegalForms follow the same ‘search’ criteria as other Gale electronic
       databases?
        A: No. Gale LegalForms is a 3rd party database and therefore has slightly different search
        features. Make sure to access the SEARCH HELP link on the main menu that describes
        this.
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    10. 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 database
        and Gale Legalforms is powered by USlegalforms.com, the nations leading legal forms
        publisher.

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    11. 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 patrons Attorneys to apply in their state.

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

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

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    12. Q: Can a patron use the form ‘as-is’? Does 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.

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    13. Q: Legalforms includes litigation forms that can be used in a court of law. Does this
        mean patrons 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.

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    14. 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


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        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.

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    15. Q: When I download a form the site it 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 is this?
        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 second for the actual form
        itself).

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    16. 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.

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    17. 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.

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    18. 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.

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    19. Q: What is a form field in the Word format and how are they used?



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        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.

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    20. 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 so that 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.

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    21. 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.

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    22. 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.

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    23. 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.

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    24. 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 detail page to see all forms under the category of
        the form.


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    25. 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 contents. 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.

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    26. 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.

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    27. 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.

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    28. 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.

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29. 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 box and you will find
      them. Word Viewer 2003 lets you open Word 2003 documents and documents created


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        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)

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