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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.