August 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 7 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Work Smart with Updated Judicial Council Smart Forms from LexisNexis at

What would you do if you needed an Application for Order and Supporting Declaration? What if you had to obtain a Determination of Conservatee’s Appropriate Level of Care?  Where in the World Wide Web can you find these forms and just about any other form you might possibly need? Would you do a Google or Yahoo search for them? And if you did find them, how much would they cost?

Find out at, where you'll discover nearly 60 new or revised LexisNexis Smart Forms updated last July.

In fact, twice yearly, LACBA's Web Services Department works with LexisNexis to ensure that you have access to updated Judicial Council forms in 40 subject areas, from adoption to workplace violence. Within each of these areas are several forms to download and use. And, no, they won’t cost you an arm and a leg either. They’re FREE!

When you surf over to the LACBA home page, look under the main banner at the top to find the Judicial Council Forms heading and click there. LACBA members will find a treasure trove of links and forms to help you work smarter and more efficiently. All you need is a HotDocs player, which you can download for free. Once you have the software, take advantage of Field Overflow options, which handle data that's too long to fit in the space provided, then save the completed form to your computer for future use.

If you want to save even more valuable time (and are willing to pay a small fee to do so), LexisNexis offers more than 1,000 fully Automated Forms, including LexisNexis Automated California Judicial Council Forms and LexisNexis California County Forms. LexisNexis Automated Forms can offer you the same special features as Smart Forms, plus they use the HotDocs software to offer robust automation features for as little as $10 each:

  • Smart Formatting: Information required in different formats will automatically be reformatted correctly.
  • Answer Files: Save the answers from one form and apply them to another.
  • Automatic Data Flow: Enter information once, and it's automatically inserted throughout the form.
  • Attorney and Court Intakes: Enter frequently used attorney and court information to use any time you complete a form.
  • Field Wizards: Provide guidance in completing the form and perform calculations.
  • Spell-check: Locate misspelled words.

So, if you need forms for a case that you’re handling, look no further than to get what you need—when you need it—with a little help from your friends at LACBA. And be sure to check back in January when we will post new and revised forms.

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