Self-Help Services and Legal Forms

When you represent yourself, you are referred to as a "self-represented litigant" or "pro-se litigant." Even if you don't have a lawyer, judges and court employees are not allowed to provide you with legal advice, and may not be able to speak with you at all about your case outside of the courtroom. Going to court without an attorney can be extremely difficult, so you should learn as much as you can about your legal issue and the services and resources available to you.

Court Forms

Fill-in-the-blank forms are a common way for self-represented litigants to bring their legal issue before a court. However, there are certain risks when using legal forms that should be aware of. For example, many forms found online do not comply with Louisiana law and may be considered invalid. It's also possible that a form will not address your exact situation, or what you hope to accomplish in your court. When using forms, it is always best to find a form provided by the Supreme Court of Louisiana, your local court, or a legal aid organization, rather than a company that charges money. 

Click on your parish below to see available services and forms in your area. Some jurisdictions have self-help centers than you can visit, and others have online resources. There are also several statewide services including online legal advice, a legal hotline, and events at public libraries.

Automated Forms

The Legal Education and Assistance Program (LEAP) is a project sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, with the support of the Louisiana Library Association, the Law Library of Louisiana, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Library, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and Acadiana Legal Service Corporation. LEAP Libguides provide basic information about different areas of law.

The following LEAP Libguides also provide links to online automated forms:
  • Basic Divorce (no children)
  • Modification of Child Support
  • Provisional Custody by Mandate
  • Small Claims Court
  • Expungment of Criminal Records
  • Security Deposit Refund 
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Louisiana Unpaid Wages

  • Additional information & Forms 

    For more information about online forms, please visit the Law Library of Louisiana's Online Forms Guide for Self-Represented Litigants.

    Family Law Forms

    Click here to access Family Law Forms approved by the Louisiana Access to Justice Commission. Please be careful: these forms are for use in parishes without locally-approved forms.

    Click on your parish in the drop down menu below to see if your parish has locally-approved forms. 

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