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 useable 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However, as with every new undertaking, there may be some glitches, and some material may be outdated.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.

Table of Contents

Click below for individual chapters

1 – Foreclosure from Creditors Perspective (PDF)
2 – Administrative Law (PDF)
3 – WV Appellate Procedure (PDF)
4 – Bankruptcy Basics (3rd ed., Admin. Office of U.S. Courts)
5 – Board of Education Law – Representing County Board of Education Employees (PDF)
6A – Child Abuse & Neglect (2017 Judicial Benchbook)
6B – Child Support Enforcement (PDF)
7 – Civil Litigation
8 – Coal
9 – Collections
10 – Corporation Law (PDF)
11 – Defending Criminal Cases
12 – Driving Under the Influence (PDF)
13 – Eminent Domain
14 – Environmental Law
15 – Extraordinary Remedies
17 – Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure
          a. Form Motion
b. Form Memo in Support of Motion

18A – Federal Tax Considerations in Choosing Business Entity
18B – Corporations and Securities
19 – Mediation
20 – HIPAA Privacy Rule (PDF)
21 – Legal Ethics (PDF)
22 – Magistrate Court Practice (PDF)
22A – Civil Procedure
22B – Criminal Procedure
23 – Medical Malpractice (PDF)
24 – Mental Hygiene (PDF)
25 – Municipal Law (PDF)
26 – Oil and Gas
27 – Partnership Law and Taxation
28 – Pro Bono Work and Forms (PDF)
29A – WV Public Defender
29B – WV Public Defender Forms
30 – Labor & Employment Law (PDF)
31 – Public Service Commission
32 – Real Estate Transactions
33 – Social Security Disability Claims
34 – WV State Tax Procedure and Administration
35A – Summary Proceedings and Structured Settlements
35B – Summary Proceedings and Structured Settlement Forms
35C – Summary Proceedings and Structured Settlement Forms
36 – Insurance
37 – Wills
38 – Workers’ Comp
9 – Insurance Law (PDF)


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.

Further, the transmission and receipt of the Practice Handbook, and access to information provided herein, does not constitute the formation of an attorney/client relationship. The authors, editors, and publishers of the Practice Handbook and the West Virginia State Bar hereby disclaim any and all liability for any action arising from the contents or use of this Practice Handbook. Please note that the State Bar of West Virginia does not certify specialists in the law.

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