While many legal kit and legal software companies are hesitant to show you the type of forms you are purchasing, we at Standard Legal want you to know exactly what it is you are buying BEFORE you buy it.
Some of our competitors provide poorly formatted forms in a single format that limit your options. Standard Legal provides fully formatted forms in three formats, with the instructions built into the forms or clearly provided for easy reference!
No matter which one of the legal form formats you choose, our forms are very simple to use: anyone with the most basic computer skills and the ability to read and follow simple instructions can complete our legal forms.
Below we have provided a sample Acknowledgement Form (the form a Notary Public uses to validate the identity of a person signing a legal document) in each of the three document formats that are included in every Standard Legal title. We've also included a brief explanation of each format.
We hope this information will help you make your decision in choosing Standard Legal!
The Microsoft Word format is the primary format for long form contractual documents (as opposed to governmental agency forms). The instructions are built in to the form fields as you tab your way through the document, so it is the easiest format to complete and print.
Opening any of the .doc files using the links with the software should launch the Microsoft Word program on your PC, provided that the program is installed on the computer you are using. If Word does not launch when clicking the document link within the software, then launch Microsoft Word through the "Start>Programs" menu and browse the hard drive from within Word to the folder containing this software. Go first into the "instructions" folder and then the "forms" folder. Find the appropriate Word file and then open it by double-clicking on it.
The Microsoft Word versions of the documents provided have instructions included within each tabbed fill-in-the-blank section. These instructions appear in the lower left hand corner of the screen and provide directions to the user as to how to appropriately fill in that particular "blank." (If the instructions are not appearing in the lower left hand corner of your version of MS Word, then you can also click the F1 button on the keyboard when the cursor is located inside one of the blank fields; clicking F1 will produce an instruction window pop up with directions.)
Simply click your cursor inside the first gray box, review the instructions or question related to that box, type in your answer and hit the Tab key to move to the next form field. Continue until all of the answers are completed.
NOTE : The GRAY BOXES that hold the user-provided data WILL NOT BE VISIBLE WHEN THE DOCUMENT IS PRINTED!
OPEN OFFICE USERS: OpenOffice.org's "Writer" program, which is free word processing program, can be used to complete the Microsoft Word versions of the legal forms. However, there are limitations: instead of entering the data directly into the form field, an 'Input Field' window pops up when you click the cursor onto an empty form field, and the user enters the data into that window and clicks the OK button to post the information. Also, the 'help' information for each field does not appear for reference, so the user must ascertain the required information from the context of the text around it.
The PDF versions of Standard Legal's forms are provided with savable form fields in a fill-in-the-blank format.
To access the PDF forms, you must have either the free Adobe Acrobat Reader or the commercially available Adobe Acrobat installed on your system. In most instances, the Acrobat Reader (available for download for FREE below) is all that is required to completely and accurately complete, save and print the legal forms a person needs.
Standard Legal is constantly updating its legal forms software and recently has adopted an even more user-friendly PDF "Version 5". The primary benefit of this new format is that it allows Acrobat Reader users (the FREE PDF Reader software available here) to fill-in the answers directly to the legal form fields and then SAVE the document with the fields fully completed. The form field answers are retained within the saved document, meaning users can start work on a form, save it, and then come back to it at a later time without losing any work that has been completed.
Our PDF forms handles the form field prompts in a very clear way. Each form field in the PDF format has a corresponding icon that provides written guidance as to the wording or information that is to be entered into that specific form field.
To use the icon form field prompts, follow these directions:
Hold the cursor over the icon and the instructional information will appear for your review. (Or click the icon to keep the instructions box open while moving the cursor away to complete the field, and then click the icon in the corner of the box to close it when you are done.) Provide the requested information where required per the instructions and tab to the next field until the form is completed.
Some of the form fields do not have an icon attached to them, as the information on these lines is automatically filled in for you.
IMPORTANT NOTE: if you wish to change any of the baseline content of the PDF forms (i.e. the standardized content of the forms not contained within any of the customizable form fields), then the commercial version of Adobe Acrobat is necessary. The baseline content of the legal forms cannot be changed using Acrobat Reader. Such baseline content customization is not typically required, especially for the general consumer or end-user.
CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE DOCUMENT THAT USES THE PDF FORMAT
GET COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PDFv5 FORMAT (PDF Document)
The Straight Text version of the Standard Legal Software forms is for use with any word processing program besides Microsoft Word, such as commercial programs like WordPerfect or pre-installed system-based products like Word Pad. The text is unformatted so it is easily imported into any word processing program. The instructions are provided separately in this format, but both the forms and the instructions include easy-to-follow reference numbers that correspond to the lines that must be completed on the forms.
Simply replace the lines that look like this ______________ with the text that should appear in that "field." There is no need to leave any of the lines in place after the document is completely edited.
When clicking a link for a text version of a form, if the text file opens in your browser window instead of a word processing program, you can "select all" of the text in the browser window, copy it, open your word processing program, and then paste the copied text into that word processing program. Once the text file is in your word processing program, edit it to fit your needs, save it and print it out.
CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE TEXT DOCUMENT
GET COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS FORMAT (Text Document)
SUPPORT: If you have any problems with the download or use of the legal forms software after purchase, please for a prompt response. While we cannot provide any legal advice, our tech team will answer any download, access or forms use questions quickly and completely!
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