Library patrons have access to (from home or in the Library) thousands of legal forms with more forms: Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Stop by the Library and ask a librarian to show you how or check out this 3 minute video tutorial.
Where do the forms come from?
Forms available on Gale LegalForms include forms drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter, forms from public records and participating companies and attorneys. “Official” forms for many states are also included.
What Forms are available?
The legal forms available on Gale LegalForms include business, personal, litigation and federal forms.
General Business Forms are forms, which may be used in all 50 states with little modification.
General Litigation Forms are various litigation forms covering many diverse causes of action. These forms are easily modified by Attorneys to apply in their state.
Maine Specific Forms are forms provided by Participating Attorneys, form companies, or forms specifically adapted to a particular state.
Federal Forms are business and litigation forms used in the Federal system.
Users should consult an attorney for serious legal matters.
On March 16, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is changing the patent system; switching from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file standard. The change intends to simplify the process and to bring the U.S. in line with global standards.
According to Mainebiz, “has some Maine companies and inventors scrambling to file under the current system, which patent law authorities in the state say is a more forgiving process.” To learn more about the upcoming changes and how Mainer’s are reacting, read this article from Mainebiz.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has generously donated a collection of resources for circulation to PPL. Furthermore, there is now a shelf on the Lower Level of the Main Library full of items donated from USCIS that folks can take (for free!) to help prepare for the process.
Sally Bauvelt, Field Office Director, and Cindy Lembarra, Supervisory Immigration Services Officer, want to be sure that people know that at the USCIS office in South Portland they are available and willing to help. In fact, they even plan on setting up workshops in the near future here at PPL to talk to New Mainers about any immigration questions they have and to help answer any questions around the citizenship process.
If you speak with anyone who may find these materials helpful, please send them our way!
A sample of the available items (with links to the library catalog):