Douglas’ Forms is an indispensable, five volume set of hundreds of forms covering the following areas of North Carolina civil practice: Business Transactions; Civil Litigation; Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration; and Domestic Relations and Guardians.
Whether you are a new attorney starting in a large firm or a seasoned attorney managing your own practice, Douglas’ Forms will save you valuable time drafting documents, which is now more important than ever, as attorneys shift their billing structures, away from hourly billing and to such things as fee-for-service solutions, to satisfy and retain clients who have become savvier at negotiating attorneys’ fees.
Douglas’ Forms can be accessed electronically via the Charlotte School of Law library catalog or Lexis Advance. For those who prefer print, Douglas’ Forms can also be accessed at CSL’s Library on the fifth floor in the “Reference: Carolinas” section. But, if you get lost in the stacks, even with the call number (KFN7468.D622) in hand, there is always a reference librarian to assist (by the way, CSL has the best reference librarians ever).
Researching electronically on Lexis Advance for the correct Douglas’ form should begin the same way as any other research project, with an effective search string. For example, my client, a hospital, would like to enter into a joint venture with a medical practice. Therefore, I need to draft a joint venture agreement. To access Douglas’ Forms on Lexis Advance, I can either type the title in the universal search box or use the “Browse Sources” feature. Once I’ve pulled up the resource, the most efficient starting point is to search “joint venture” from the Table of Contents tab. Then, from the result list, click the link for “Form 8-5 Joint Venture Agreement.”
Once the document is open, click the save icon to import into your word processing platform.
The last step before downloading is to choose the document format, format options, and content-specific options.
After you click download, retrieve the form by clicking the .docx link from the pop-up window.
Finally, the form will require minor formatting adjustments depending on the word processing platform being used. Now all that is left is to tweak the contract according to the agreed upon terms and make sure the contract does not violate either federal Stark law or Anti-Kickback laws.
Douglas’ Forms is an excellent resource for essential forms related to every aspect of North Carolina civil practice, designed for attorneys to adapt the relevant form to their client’s particular situation. So, why recreate the wheel – save yourself some time with Douglas’ Forms.
~ Kriss Anne Carlstrom, L’14 ~
Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.