Thomson Reuters Launches Westlaw Form Builder
New online document assembly tool improves speed, accuracy in building completed forms
Eagan, Minn., Aug. 3, 2011 – Thomson Reuters today announced the release of Westlaw Form Builder, an online document assembly tool for attorneys and other legal professionals.
Legal forms are core to the practice of law – 42% of attorneys say they prepare forms at least once a week, if not daily, and considerable time is spent finding, assembling and reviewing forms to ensure they are complete and comply with jurisdictional rules. Westlaw Form Builder makes it easy for attorneys to find, edit and complete forms, greatly improving speed, accuracy and workflow.
Attorneys can access more than 20,000 official and lawyer-tested forms anytime and anywhere they have an Internet connection. Westlaw editors continually update the forms to ensure they are current, eliminating the need to download upgrades or verify citations. Unlike static forms, Westlaw Form Builder allows users to customize forms, making them specific to a given client and case. And every Westlaw Form Builder plan includes links to any cited authority or commentary on WestlawNext without incurring additional charges, helping users understand the legal context surrounding a particular form.
Based on responses to interactive questions and client data, Westlaw Form Builder assembles the applicable clauses, and produces a professionally completed form that can be easily downloaded into a word processor. Client data is stored, eliminating the need to re-enter the same data for future forms, saving time and reducing the potential for errors.
“Forms are one of the primary content sets for attorneys, but they are also among the most time-consuming and labor-intensive,” said Cecile Schauer, vice president and general manager, legal forms, Thomson Reuters. “Westlaw Form Builder quickly and easily handles the building of client forms, providing greater speed and efficiency. It frees lawyers from the drudgery of form building, allowing them to concentrate on the areas where they can bring significant value to their client.”
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