Welcome. Thank you for using this new tool being made available to West Virginia lawyers. In prior years, this information was provided in hard copy at a fee, but in an attempt to assist young lawyers we desired to make it free and more widely usable and available.

However, as with every new undertaking, there may be some glitches, and some material may be outdated. We strive to update material as needed, but of course, the law sometimes evolves faster than the chapter can be revised. Therefore, we have done our best to identify with each chapter the date the section was last updated. Finally, we would direct your attention to the legal disclaimer at the bottom of this page, and our strong warning that this Practice Handbook is being provided as a aid and should not be a substitute for your own thorough legal research.

Click below for individual chapters

  1. Foreclosure from Creditors Perspective (PDF)
  2. Administrative Law
  3. WV Appellate Procedure (PDF)
  4. Bankruptcy Basics (3rd ed., Admin. Office of U.S. Courts)(PDF)
  5. Board of Education Law – Representing County Board of Education Employees (PDF)
  6. Bureau for Child Support and Enforcement
    1. Child Abuse & Neglect (2019 Judicial Benchbook)
    2. Child Support Enforcement (PDF)
  7. Civil Litigation
  8. Collections
  9. Corporation Law (PDF)
  10. Defending Criminal Cases
  11. Driving Under the Influence (PDF)
  12. Eminent Domain
  13. Energy and Environmental Law
  14. Extraordinary Remedies
  15. Family Law (PDF)
  16. Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure (PDF)
    1. Form Motion
    2. Form Memo in Support of Motion
  17. Corporation Taxation
    1. Federal Tax Considerations in Choosing Business Entity
    2. Corporations and Securities
  18. Mediation
  19. HIPAA Privacy Rule (PDF)
  20. Legal Ethics (PDF)
  21. Magistrate Court Practice (PDF)
  22. Medical Malpractice (PDF)
  23. Mental Hygiene (PDF)
  24. Municipal Law (PDF)
  25. Pro Bono Work and Forms (PDF)
  26. WV Public Defender
    1. WV Public Defender
    2. WV Public Defender Forms
  27. Labor & Employment Law (PDF)
  28. Public Service Commission
  29. Real Estate Transactions
  30. Social Security Disability Claims
  31. Summary Proceedings
    1. Summary Proceedings and Structured Settlements
    2. Summary Proceedings and Structured Settlement Forms
    3. Summary Proceedings and Structured Settlement Forms
  32. Wills, Trusts, and Estates
  33. Workers’ Comp (PDF)
  34. Insurance Law (PDF)
  35. Civil and Criminal Procedure
    1. Civil Procedure
    2. Criminal Procedure


The West Virginia State Bar Practice Handbook should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. The contents of this publication are intended for general information purposes only. The information contained in the Practice Handbook may be out of date. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the law, we make no claim, promise, warranty, or guarantee concerning the accuracy, completeness, adequacy, or reliability of the contents of the Practice Handbook. Readers should not rely on the information provided in the Practice Handbook as a substitute for thorough research but should always conduct their own legal research in conformity with professional standards of diligence.

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