March 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 3 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

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Where can you turn if you need updated Judicial Council forms? What would you do if you need an adoption agreement or a Petition for Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate? What if you need the Defendant’s Statement of Assets form? Where in the World Wide Web can you find these forms and just about any other form you might possibly need?, that’s where.

When you surf over to the LACBA home page, look under the banner at the top to find the Judicial Council Forms heading and click there. If you’re a LACBA member, you’ll find a treasure trove of links and forms to help you work smarter and more efficiently. And, no, they won’t cost you an arm and a leg either. They’re FREE!

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