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These documents are examples for courts and legal aid programs to copy and change for their own states.  These should not be used as current legal advice.

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Examples of online plain language usage for topics related to housing, finance, divorce, health care and writing a will.  These interviews were created using A2J Author (R) and are hosted on the LawHelpInteractive server.  177k v. 5 Sep 30, 2011, 11:13 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample affidavit requesting a change of home parent (English and Spanish). Courts and legal aid providers can use this plain language form as an example for a better affidavit form.  128k v. 4 Jan 18, 2012, 1:55 PM jhogue@lawny.org
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How to prove your identity (specifically for disaster victims though may be modified for other situations)  69k v. 4 Sep 19, 2011, 10:53 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Don't use some of the most valuable pieces of print real estate to print a long disclaimer about information and advice. Consider using this "Not Legal Advice" stamp instead.  643k v. 4 Sep 30, 2011, 10:44 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Plain language samples organized by areas of the law, as well as Before and After samples, recommended reading, online training, and templates for content creators.  2216k v. 2 Oct 11, 2011, 8:44 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Agency sign-in sheet for "help your help yourself"   244k v. 6 Sep 19, 2011, 10:51 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Example attorney fees retainer add-on, BEFORE plain language review. This informs legal aid clients about how attorney's fees awards are handled by the agency.   33k v. 4 Jan 18, 2012, 2:12 PM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample handout legal aid programs can modify and hand out to people they turn away. Might be good for a statewide legal aid website.  83k v. 4 Jan 18, 2012, 1:53 PM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample retainer agreement from Legal Services agency.  106k v. 4 Feb 22, 2010, 11:01 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample local bar disclaimer, in several languages.  261k v. 4 Apr 20, 2010, 10:51 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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2010 Office Holiday closure signs in 3 languages (English, Spanish, Chinese).  327k v. 6 Feb 22, 2010, 11:01 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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2011 Office Holiday closure signs in 3 languages (English, Spanish, Chinese).  327k v. 5 Feb 22, 2010, 11:01 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample retainer agreement legal aid programs can modify for use with clients. Is your retainer understandable?  128k v. 4 Jan 18, 2012, 1:54 PM jhogue@lawny.org
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"Are Debt Collectors After You?" - a plain language sample that courts and legal aid providers can change for use in local jurisdictions.  133k v. 4 Mar 12, 2012, 9:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample Cease and Desist Letter. Modify for your jurisdiction and share.  113k v. 3 Dec 12, 2012, 11:23 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Legal assistance for disaster victims: how to deal with contractors.  67k v. 4 Jun 30, 2011, 7:38 PM jhogue@lawny.org
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How to Get Your Security Deposit Back. Sample plain English flier.  163k v. 3 Dec 12, 2012, 11:22 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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"Get Ready for Small Claims Court" - a plain language sample that courts and legal aid providers can change for use in local jurisdictions.  227k v. 4 Mar 12, 2012, 8:57 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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"Get Ready for Small Claims Court" - a plain language sample that courts and legal aid providers can change for use in local jurisdictions. In Spanish.  224k v. 4 Mar 12, 2012, 8:57 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample Restraining Orders Fact Sheet in 6 languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese).  287k v. 5 Feb 22, 2010, 10:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample Custody Mediation FAQ.  119k v. 6 Feb 22, 2010, 10:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample visitation FAQ.  289k v. 6 Feb 22, 2010, 10:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample visitation FAQ (Spanish).  291k v. 6 Feb 22, 2010, 10:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Don't Put Your Kids in the Middle of a Custody Dispute. Plain language example.  314k v. 3 Dec 12, 2012, 11:20 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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A domestic violence abuse worksheet for agencies and their clients.  143k v. 5 Feb 22, 2010, 10:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Domestic Violence Accordian handout in plain English.  51k v. 3 Dec 12, 2012, 11:19 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Domestic Violence Poster  471k v. 3 Dec 12, 2012, 11:19 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample Domestic Violence FAQ.  179k v. 6 Feb 22, 2010, 10:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample informational packet on Domestic Violence from Kentucky Legal Services.  296k v. 4 Feb 22, 2010, 10:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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HTML version: for easy website use (English)  42k v. 5 Feb 22, 2010, 10:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Spanish language sample informational packet on Domestic Violence from Kentucky Legal Services.  164k v. 8 Feb 22, 2010, 10:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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HTML version: for easy website use (Spanish)  39k v. 5 Feb 22, 2010, 10:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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A sample safety plan flyer for victims of domestic violence.  115k v. 5 Feb 22, 2010, 10:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample shelter application for agencies and their clients.  134k v. 5 Feb 22, 2010, 10:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Samples of homework assignments completed by students in the 2012 Plain Language Seminar.   Dec 31, 2012, 11:02 AM Anna Hineline
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Example of suggested plain language revisions to a document as a part of individualized mentoring sessions.   143k v. 2 Dec 31, 2012, 11:29 AM Anna Hineline
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Sample Notice of Request for Guardian, written in plain language with the assistance of a plain language expert.   181k v. 2 Dec 31, 2012, 11:32 AM Anna Hineline
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Draft of a "Rights of a Job Applicant" section of a website. Reviewed and edited as part of plain language mentoring session.   181k v. 2 Dec 31, 2012, 11:35 AM Anna Hineline
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A sample Tenant's Guide to Evictions, from San Francisco Superior Court.  160k v. 4 Feb 22, 2010, 8:51 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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A Spanish language sample Tenant's Guide to Evictions, from San Francisco Superior Court.  76k v. 3 Feb 22, 2010, 8:54 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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A sample Tenant's Guide from Kentucky Legal Services.  190k v. 4 Feb 22, 2010, 8:56 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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HTML version: for easy website use (English)  15k v. 6 Feb 22, 2010, 9:07 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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A Spanish language sample Tenant's Guide from Kentucky Legal Services.  199k v. 3 Feb 22, 2010, 8:58 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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HTML version: for easy website use (Spanish)   17k v. 5 Feb 22, 2010, 9:06 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample foreclosure information sheet written in plain language.  142k v. 5 Feb 16, 2012, 9:38 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample Security Deposit information written in plain language. Review, update, and use in your state!  112k v. 5 Feb 16, 2012, 9:38 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Adult Name Change (Spanish)  223k v. 3 Dec 12, 2012, 11:14 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Sample of work created by plain language course student after taking the course.  22k v. 2 Apr 12, 2013, 7:38 AM Anna Hineline
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Sample of work created by plain language course student after taking the course.  18k v. 2 Apr 12, 2013, 7:38 AM Anna Hineline
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Sample of work created by plain language course student after taking the course.  21k v. 2 Apr 12, 2013, 7:38 AM Anna Hineline
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Sample of work created by plain language course student after taking the course.  33k v. 2 Apr 12, 2013, 7:38 AM Anna Hineline
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Glossary of legal words and phrases, in English and Spanish.  1020k v. 4 Apr 20, 2010, 10:51 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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How to test the readability of your document.  535k v. 4 Feb 22, 2010, 10:56 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Excellent single-page summary of major readability concepts. Copyrighted by Transcend. All rights reserved.   245k v. 5 Mar 3, 2011, 4:48 PM jhogue@lawny.org
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Excellent single-page summary of major readability concepts. Copyrighted by Transcend. All rights reserved.  137k v. 4 Mar 3, 2011, 4:48 PM jhogue@lawny.org
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Spanish version of a plain language A2J script used in an informational A2J interview about Fair Hearings  137k v. 2 Apr 30, 2013, 10:57 AM Anna Hineline
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Plain language A2J Script used in an informational A2J interview about Fair Hearings.  122k v. 2 Apr 30, 2013, 11:00 AM Anna Hineline
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Social Security Disability in plain language. A sample document for legal aid groups to revise for use in their programs.   138k v. 5 Mar 12, 2012, 9:58 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in plain language. A sample document for legal aid groups to revise for use in their programs.   139k v. 5 Mar 12, 2012, 9:59 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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How to get unemployment aid.  71k v. 4 Jun 30, 2011, 7:38 PM jhogue@lawny.org
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Unemployment Insurance Benefits (UIB) in plain language. A sample document for legal aid groups to revise for use in their programs.   159k v. 4 Mar 12, 2012, 9:59 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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near-final draft   160k v. 5 Dec 20, 2010, 8:55 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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How to Use a Court Interpreter  70k v. 3 Dec 12, 2012, 11:13 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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How To Serve Someone  467k v. 3 Dec 12, 2012, 11:13 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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How to Serve Someone (En Espanol)  184k v. 3 Dec 12, 2012, 11:15 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Testifying in Court (En Espanol)  115k v. 3 Dec 12, 2012, 11:15 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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The Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites Project is thrilled to bring you Your Right to an Interpreter Poster - Editable Version! Adapt it it to meet your clients' needs.  Aug 13, 2012, 11:05 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Advance Directive in plain English. Sample for replication.  406k v. 3 Dec 12, 2012, 11:24 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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Probate - Frequently Asked Questions (En Espanol)  159k v. 3 Dec 12, 2012, 11:15 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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This is a Spanish translation of a model plain language explanation of how to ask for help in a domestic violence situation. En Espanol   125k v. 5 Jan 18, 2012, 1:33 PM jhogue@lawny.org
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Don't Put Your Kids in the Middle of a Custody Argument (En Espanol)   134k v. 4 Dec 12, 2012, 11:18 AM jhogue@lawny.org
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