This week we will be discussing the Louisiana Legal Forms database. This is a great database available to BPL patrons who are looking for free and easily accessible legal forms. If you want to access this database the good news is that you are halfway there, just click on the "Online Research" tab on the left-hand side of our homepage. From there, scroll down to the Legal section and click on Gale Legal Forms. For your convenience this database can be accessed both from home and the library.

The legal forms homepage allows for three different searching methods. You can type directly into the search box, browse categories by alphabet, or view the most popular legal forms sections. The lsit of categories includes: Divorce, Bankruptcy, Landlord Tenant, Wills & Estates, Real Estate, Sample Letters, and Power of Attorney.

The search you choose to use will depend on how much information you already have about the forms you need. For example: If you know the exact title of the form you need the easiest thing will be type directly into the search box and select the Titles bubble before clicking search. Or, if you don’t have a name but know you need a form having to do with Bankruptcy you can select the Bankruptcy section and search through the most popular forms.

This database also gives a comprehensive list of legal definitions, which can help if you come across an unfamiliar word in one of the forms. From the homepage of the database you can click on definitions and view the words alphabetically.