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8 Tips to Complete and File Your Own Legal Documents

Use these tips to complete and file your own legal documents.

If you like do-it-yourself projects, you may want to complete and file your own legal documents. First, ou don’t need to be an attorney to complete and file your own legal documents. We offer a wide selection of legal kits and forms you can complete and file yourself.

Secondly, some of our customers buy legal forms to get an idea of what information their attorney will want to know, This saves time and money when meeting with a lawyer. No matter why you want to complete and file your own legal documents, use the following tips to make the process even more successful.

Use Current Version

Make sure you’re using the most recent version of any legal kits or legal form. The forms we sell through Do-It-Yourself-Legal-Kits are always the most recent mandated by the court. We even show you which legal kits and forms were recently updated on our list of forms page.  Click here to see the list of legal kits and forms we offer along with update information.

Did you know…attorneys buy our legal kits and forms to complete and use in
their legal cases, so they rely on us to keep all kits and forms up-to-date.

Read Instructions First

Always read the instructions first before you complete and file your own legal documents. The instructions give you an idea of any additional information you’ll need to gather before completing the documents. Most of our legal forms and kits contain instructions. If you feel unsure whether one of our legal forms or kits will work for you, give us a call during business hours at (206) 622-1909.

Use a Black Pen

Fill in the blanks on legal forms with black ink. Use clear, legible handwriting. Avoid using cursive unless you’re signing a document.  Fill in all blanks ­– write N/A in areas where the information does not apply to you.

Representing Yourself

The Family Law Self-Help Center recommends writing “Self-represented” whenever you see a question asking for your attorney’s name.

Sign in All Spots

Carefully comb through all of your legal paperwork to make sure you’ve signed everywhere required.  

Getting Notarized

Some legal documents require notarization by an authorized notary. We offer notary services during regular business hours in our downtown Seattle office. Click here for more information.

Hire An Attorney to Ask Questions

You can still hire an attorney to ask questions you’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable answering on the forms. You’ll still save money doing a majority of the paperwork yourself, but also get the satisfaction of having an expert on your side. Visit our Find a Lawyer referral page to find an attorney in Washington state who may be able to help you finalize the forms and provide guidance on your issue.

File Documents

Gather your documents and all fees required in preparation to file the paperwork with the proper court. Fees can usually be paid by cash, money order or with credit and debit cards if filed in person at the court.

What Is A Notarized Signature and Why Do I Need One?

Notary Public located in Seattle, Washington, King County

Need a notarized signature in order to file legal documents or take the next step in a legal transaction? Why do banks, courts and other legal institutions require a notary signature?

Simply put, a notarized signature is often required to witness and certify the person signing a document is who he says he is. A notary’s primary job is to prevent fraud and to give legal institutions confidence a legal document is legitimate.

Appointed by WA State

As a notary public, the official name given to people who provide notary services, we are appointed by Washington state government via the Secretary of State, to perform notary duties. We act as an impartial witness when it comes to signing important legal documents. Part of our notary duties include screening of all signers and making sure each person signs of their own free will. Part of the job includes witnessing the signing. The other part of our job requires maintaining accurate records of all notary transactions completed.

How It Works

When you go to a notary, you’ll be asked to provide identification to verify you are who you say you are. Some types of legal documents require you to provide two forms of identification, so check in advance to find out what you need to bring. Do NOT sign your legal documents before coming to our or any other notary’s office. Once your ID and willingness to sign is verified, then you sign the documents in front of the notary. You must do so without anyone forcing you to sign. Once you sign, the notary adds their own signature, an official notary seal and commission details. You now have a notarized signature.

Qualifications for a Notary

In Washington state, one must obtain a surety bond from an insurance company in order to apply to become a notary public. You also attend a notary education class and must learn the laws and rules for becoming a notary public.

Types of Documents Requiring a Notary

The most common types of documents requiring a notarized signature include the following. By no means is this a complete list, though.

  • Wills (click here to buy an instant download of a will)
  • Living Trusts
  • Home mortgage Deed of Trust
  • Power of attorney designations (click here to buy an instant download of a power of attorney)
  • Prenuptial agreements (click here to buy an instant download of a prenuptial agreement)
  • Contracts
  • Bill of Sale
  • Transferring an automobile
  • Consent for a minor to travel abroad

Give Attorneys’ Information Bureau/Do It Yourself Legal Kits a call at (206) 622-1909 to find out what you need to get your signature notarized. Our office, located in the King County Courthouse in Seattle, is open from Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for notary services (please note, we’re closed from 12 to 1:00 p.m.)