Legal Document Templates

Legal document templates are a helpful tool for any new lawyer, or even veteran lawyers looking to get into new industries or practice areas. Get step-by-step guidance on creating legal documents, how to use them, and how to use document templates as a starting point.

Legal Document Template FAQs

How do you create a legal document?

Having good legal writing skills is important to create any legal document. While there are many types of documents, here are a few universal tips to consider:

  • Start with basic information regarding parties involved such as full names, titles, involvement, etc.
  • Describe the agreement in detail and what each party has agreed to exchange whether it’s money, services rendered, or so forth.
  • Clearly define the terms of the contract, including the date it takes effect and when it will be completed.
  • Write in plain language. You may be used to using legalese, but if you’re writing a client-facing document, clients need to be able to read and understand the document.
  • Include a clause on how disputes will be resolved if any should arise.

What are some examples of legal documents?

Legal documents include much more than just court-facing or client-facing documents. There are business documents that also fall under that category. Here are a few examples:


  • Memorandums
  • Briefs
  • Invoices
  • Intake forms
  • Employment contracts
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Disclaimers
  • Notices
  • Compliance checklists
  • Timesheets
  • Business plans

Are legal templates free?

Yes, you can find any type of legal template for free.

How can I organize all of my legal document templates?

Legal document templates make a great starting point for lawyers who are still establishing themselves. For those who find they have too many templates and are looking for a way to scale their firm, legal practice management software is a great solution.

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