Learn how to find and fill out legal forms, how to create your own legal documents, and how to file documents with the court.
The forms on this site are all approved by the Nevada Supreme Court and are acceptable to file in any court in Nevada. You can find the entire set of approved forms on the Forms page.
You may need a form that is not provided on this website. Many other forms have been created (by courts, self-help centers, legal aid organizations, etc.) to help people in their court cases. If you are looking for a form that is not available on this website, you may be able to search other places to find forms or examples. There is no guarantee that any other form you find and use will be accepted by your local court.
- Court websites. The court where your case is pending might have court-created forms available on its website for particular types of cases.
- Clark County Family Law Self-Help Center. The Family Law Self-Help Center forms have been approved for use in the Family Court in Clark County. Forms cover topics such as divorce, custody, guardianship, name changes, and many others. The forms are available for free online. Visit www.familylawselfhelpcenter.org to find the forms available.
- Clark County Civil Law Self-Help Center. The Civil Law Self-Help Center forms have been approved for use in the civil and justice courts in Clark County. Forms cover topics such as evictions, small claims, lawsuits for money, harassment and protection, among others. The forms are available for free online. Visit www.civillawselfhelpcenter.org to learn more.
- Washoe County Self-Help Center. The Washoe County Self-Help Center forms have been approved for use in the Washoe County courts. Forms cover divorce, custody, guardianship, probate, and other matters. Visit the Washoe County Self-Help Center website to find their forms.
- Online forms websites. There are a number of websites where you can download legal forms, sometimes for a cost and sometimes for free. Be careful when using these sites! The forms you find may not be appropriate for your case or your jurisdiction. Most cities also have legal forms stores where you can purchase many generic legal forms.
If you cannot find a form that meets your needs, you may have to create a form using a sample, an outline, or instructions from a variety of resources. Your local law library will be a terrific resource and the place to start your research. Visit Law Libraries to learn more.
Tips For Filling Out Legal Forms
- Make sure you have the most current version of the form.
- Make sure your forms are printed on only one side of the paper. The court only accepts single-sided copies. Making double-sided copies can result in future copying mistakes.
- Read the entire form and any instructions that came with it BEFORE you start filling out the form. This will give you a better idea of the form’s purpose and what information you will need to provide.
- Be sure your completed forms are easy to read. Use only black ink or type them. Many forms are available online, and you can fill them out online too if you have a computer.
- Always use your legal name, current address, daytime telephone number, and a valid e-mail address. If you want your home address to stay private, you can use another address where you receive mail.
- Most forms have a "caption" on the first page that you always need to fill out. The caption contains your name, address, phone number, and e-mail. The caption also lists the name of the plaintiff, the name of the defendant, the case number, and the department number.
The case caption almost never changes during the course of a case. Typically, whoever is listed as the plaintiff at the start of the case will stay the plaintiff until the end. The same is true for the defendant, the case number, and the department number.
- If you do not have a lawyer, write "in proper person" or "self-represented" anywhere the form asks for the name of your attorney or says "Attorney for."
- Fill out the forms completely. If something does not apply to you, write "N/A" (meaning "not applicable"). If the answer to a question is "none," write "none." If you do not know the answer to a question, write "unknown." Try not to leave blanks in your forms.
- Sign your forms in each place that requires your signature. Use black ink only. Notice that on many court forms you are signing "under penalty of perjury." That means when you sign the form you are declaring that what is on the form is true and correct. Take this seriously! There are both civil and criminal penalties for perjury. .
- If you don’t understand something in a form, ask for help. You may be able to get your questions answered at an Ask-a-Lawyer event or a Self-Help Center.
- If you need legal advice, you may need to talk to a private attorney (visit Find Legal Help), a volunteer attorney at an Ask-A-Lawyer program, or an attorney at one of the free legal classes if available in your area. You can also go to your local law library and ask a librarian for books and resources to help you complete your forms.
- Keep copies of every form you file. Keep your legal documents in a safe place for your records. Organizing your copies by date of the document will help you find documents quickly. Take your entire document file with you every time you go to the courthouse.
Creating Your Own Legal Documents
Fill-in-the-blank legal forms typically address the most common situations that courts and judges see over and over. But your case – and most every case, in fact – is undoubtedly unique in some ways. So there may not be a ready-made form that addresses the needs of your case. If you cannot find the pre-printed, fill-in-the-blank form you need, you will have to create the legal document yourself.
If you need to create your own legal document, it is best to find a good example to work from. A few tips for finding and working with sample documents:
- Look for a sample that is the same general type of pleading or motion that you are creating. For example, if you are trying to write a complaint to sue someone, look for a sample complaint (not a sample motion or opposition). Different types of legal documents are used to accomplish different things in different situations.
- Look for a sample where the facts involved are as close to the facts of your case as possible.
- Find a sample document where the party is trying to accomplish the same thing as you.
- Use the samples you find ONLY as guides to help you create your own documents. Do not copy word for word because some things may not apply to your case and could even hurt you. If you do not understand a word or phrase, do not include it unless you find out what it means.
When preparing your documents, make sure their format complies with the rules of the court where your case is pending. Most courts have rules about how documents are supposed to look and what information they must contain.