Legal Forms via the Library

If you’ve ever tried to look for a blank copy of a simple legal form you know that your online search can results in a lot of ads and a lot of confusion. You just want a simple rental lease, or a blank health care power of attorney! But you get sent to sites with vague advice and a lot of clicking to see the form. And how do you know these forms are authentic and appropriate for your state?

Thanks to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Falmouth Public Library now provides access to Gale Legal Forms, an online resource that gives you easy access to blank forms for all purposes, customized to follow Massachusetts state laws.

You can search using the general name of the form, or browse by category (for example, divorce, real estate, or wills and trusts). A search for power of attorney gets several results, but only one that covers health care living wills:

Just one click and you can get some basic information about this form, and download copies in multiple formats. Most forms are available in Spanish as well as English, and many give you the option of filling out a web form and then downloading the completed document.

Access is free when you follow the link from the Falmouth Public Library’s online resources (look under Research Resources). Need help learning how to use this resource? Ask at the Reference Desk or call and make an appointment with one of our staff who can get you started.

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