Represent yourself

It is the primary mission of the Leon E. Bloch Law Library to support the academic and scholarly pursuits of the students and faculty of the UMKC School of Law. The Library also provides access to its legal resources to members of the public who wish to represent themselves. Before you visit the Library for this purpose, please review the information on this page.

Library staff CAN:

  • Show you where resources are located within the Library
  • Direct you to categories of resources, such as statutes or case digests or form books, and show you how to use them
  • Provide basic instruction in the use of the Library’s print resources and those electronic resources that are available to the public

Library staff CANNOT:

  • Answer legal questions or give legal advice
  • Tell you which form(s) you need
  • Tell you what you need to file, or in which court
  • Tell you what you need to do to accomplish your legal goal
  • Do legal research for you
  • Check out library materials to you

Members of the public who visit the library are expected to conduct their own legal research and may not solicit legal advice from law students or other library patrons.

  • Legal Forms
  • Missouri Courts
  • Kansas Courts

 

If you plan to represent yourself, you must attend the Litigant Awareness Program (click here for more information).

Representing Yourself in Missouri Courts: Access to Family Courts

The Missouri Judiciary and the Missouri Bar provide this website for resources for family law matters in Missouri. In addition to web resources, you might find the following online forms helpful.

Jackson County Circuit Court

Jackson County Circuit Court also provides forms that can be completed online and then printed out for submission to the court. Visit their site for forms relating to child support, small claims and more.

Limited Guardianship for Educational Purposes

For the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri Probate Division.

Checklist (60.4 KiB)

Pleadings:

  1. PartyInformationSheet (73.0 KiB)

  2. PetitionForGuardianship (37.5 KiB)

  3. Affidavit (34.0 KiB)

  4. ExhibitA (29.5 KiB)

  5. ExhibitC (44.0 KiB)

  6. InforeProposedWard (38.5 KiB)

  7. Consent (31.5 KiB)

  8. SelectionByMinor (30.5 KiB)

Service Documents:

  1.  If Parent’s Whereabouts Unknown: Request for Publication & Publication Order;
    OR
  2.  Service Letter
    OR
  3.  Consent
United States District Courts, Western District of Missouri

This federal court publishes a number of forms, including templates for a Civil Complaint, a Title VII Complaint, a Social Security Complaint, and an Application for Leave to File Without Payment.

The Missouri Bar - Advance Directives

The Missouri Bar Association publishes forms for Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive, which can ensure that a person’s wishes regarding future health care are met, and can also relieve families from having to make difficult decisions at a time of great stress.

Procedural rules

All Missouri courts are bound to follow certain procedural rules and will expect self-represented litigants to operate by those rules as well. All such rules are accessible online. Below are direct links to the most commonly applicable procedural rules:

Local rules

Missouri Courts also publish local rules, which are specific to the individual court. Each court will expect self-represented litigants to operate by its local rules in addition to the procedural rules that are applicable to all courts. Local rules for the Circuit Courts are available online. Below are direct links to the local rules of Jackson County Circuit Court and the Missouri Courts of Appeals.

Statutes and codes

Missouri law is codified in the form of statutes, regulations and municipal codes and can be accessed online.  

Procedural rules

All Kansas courts are bound to follow certain procedural rules and will expect self-represented litigants to operate by those rules as well. Below are direct links to the most commonly applicable procedural rules:

Local rules

Kansas Courts also publish local rules, which are specific to the individual court. Each court will expect self-represented litigants to operate by its local rules in addition to the procedural rules that are applicable to all courts. Local rules for the Circuit Courts are available online. Below is a direct link to the local rules of Johnson County Circuit Court.