Self-Help Forms

Introduction

The Arkansas Legal Services Organization provides these forms as a service to low-income Arkansans and to assist overburdened Arkansas courts. These interactive forms are available for free to low-income Arkansans representing themselves in a civil court matter. Select the form you would like from the list below.

 

To use these interactive legal resources, select the type of form you are looking for from the list of forms below.

 

Important

It is always advisable to talk to a lawyer before proceeding in a court case on your own. Read our important warning.

 

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You will need Microsoft Word or Microsoft Word Viewer on your computer to use these automated forms. Some automated resources are also available in PDF formats that can be printed out.

 

Forms

Answer by Defendant (to a lawsuit filed against you)

This self-help packet includes a personalized self-help legal pleading (an Answer) in response to a lawsuit filed against you. This packet also contains a personalized letter to the Court Clerk for filing purposes and personalized instructions.

 

Child Support Termination

This self-help packet includes a personalized self-help document containing a petition and order stating that the child has reached the age of majority and that the support order is terminated by operation of law.

 

Collection Agency Stop Contact Letter

This self-help packet includes a personalized self-help document containing a letter demanding that a Collection Agency no longer contact you.

 

Cover and Disposition Sheets

This takes you to the Arkansas courts Website where it provides links and instructions for filling out cover sheets: civil, domestic relations, criminal, probate, juvenile dependency-neglect (DN) and familes in need of services (FINs), and juvenile deliquency (effective January 1, 2017).

 

Debt – Late Penalty Removal Request

This self-help packet includes a personalized self-help document containing a sample letter to a creditor requesting the removal of a late payment penalty.

 

Debt Validation Request to Collection Agency

This self-help packet can be used to dispute a debt with a collection agency (not the original creditor) and request validation of the debt.

 

Debt Validation Request to Original Creditor

This packet can be used to dispute a debt with the original creditor (not a collection agency) that has already been placed on your credit report.

 

Divorce

Divorce (Spanish)

An easy to use interactive form that will produce all the documents needed for a divorce lawsuit. You cannot use this form if you have children or expensive property.

 

Domestic Abuse – Order of Protection

Domestic Abuse – Order of Protection (Spanish)

This easy to use interactive form will generate the court documents needed to file for an Order of Protection.

 

Expungement (Sealing Criminal Records)

An easy to use interactive form that will produce all the documents needed to petition for expungement. You cannot use this form if you have been convicted with a felony and sent to the DOC or convicted of a sex crime.

 

Guardianship for Minor

An easy to use interactive form that will produce all the documents needed to petition for Guardianship of Minor (in uncontested cases). 

 

Identity Theft – Letter Reporting ID Theft to Credit Bureau

Use this interactive interview to create a letter to a Credit Bureau, seeking investigation and removal from your credit report of items that are the result of identity theft. 

 

Identity Theft – Letter to Creditor

Use this interactive interview to respond to someone collecting a bill that is in your name, but a bill you did not authorize, you will need a copy of the bill in hand when you start the interview. 

 

Identity Theft – Letter to Debt Collector

Use this interactive interview to respond to a company or law firm that is a Debt Collector, or collecting a bill that is in your name but you did not authorize.

 

In Forma Pauperis (Waiver of Court and Service Fees)

An interactive form that will produce the three (3) documents needed to request a waiver of filing fees from the court.

 

Name Change for Adult

An easy to use interactive form that will produce all the documents needed to petition for a name change with the court.

 

Power of Attorney for Minor

Power of Attorney for Minor (Spanish)

An easy to use interactive form that will produce a power of attorney for minor document that can be used for for a caregiver of a minor child that is not the custodial parent or legal guardian. This document may be particularly helpful when establishing residency for the child's school enrollment or to provide medical consent. 

 

Revocation of Power of Attorney for Minor

An easy to use interactive form that will produce a revocation of a power of attorney for minor document.

 

Security Deposit Demand Letter

An easy to use interactive form that will produce a letter addressed to your previous landlord demanding the return of your security deposit.

 

Service

This easy-to-use interactive form packet produces the documents that you need to complete Service by Mail or Personal Service and prove service to the judge.

 

Small Claims

This easy to use interactive form will generate the forms and instructions need for filing a small claims action.

 

Visitation (Standard Order)

This self-help packet includes a personalized self-help document containing an order with a standard visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent.

 

Thank You

We are continually adding new interactive forms, so please check back.

 

These forms are not for commercial use and charging for their use in any way is prohibited.