Online Practice Tools


Membership in MSBA provides you with free access to a premier online legal research service, Fastcase. MSBA joins 33 bar associations, hundreds of law schools, dozens of voluntary bar associations, and scores of corporate legal departments who subscribe to Fastcase, representing more than 900,000 lawyers around the world.

Normally a $1,140 per member annual cost, this exclusive, free bar member benefit provides members with unlimited access to one of the largest law libraries in the world. Fastcase includes 50-state and federal coverage of case law, statutes, regulations, and court rules; access to more than 15,000 legal blogs; training webinars and tutorials; and live customer support from members of the Fastcase team.

In addition to its nationwide legal research database, Fastcase’s service also includes transactional access to newspaper articles, federal court filings, and legal forms. The member benefit is unlimited – with no restrictions on time or number of transactions, unlimited printing, unlimited reference assistance, and unlimited customer service included for free.

The member benefit also ties to Fastcase’s industry-leading mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Using Fastcase Mobile Sync, users can fully integrate and securely synchronize their favorite documents, favorite jurisdictions, and search history between their desktop version of Fastcase and mobile apps.

Fastcase has pioneered the most innovative legal research tools in the market, with integrated citation analysis tools, “Bad Law Bot,” its big data-powered negative citation service, patented data visualization tools, sync with mobile apps, the first legal research apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

In 2023 Fastcase merged with vLex to form the largest law library in the world.

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Stay current and connected. With a free library of over 2,500 forms, eBooks, videos, checklists, CLE materials and recordings, and more, PracticeLaw represents one of Minnesota’s largest collections of resources for lawyers. The members-only site includes legal forms, trust accounting guides, links to statutes and court rules, and Jump Start modules for newer lawyers. Free to MSBA members.

Practice-area forms include: Appellate Practice, Bankruptcy, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, Guardianship/Conservatorship, Immigration, Intellectual Property, Technology, Security, Labor and Employment, Practice Management, Probate, Real Property, Tax Law, and Uniform Conveyancing Blank.

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Generate automated documents quickly and cost-effectively from a library of 300+ forms in practice areas including business law, guardianship/conservatorship, family, probate and estate, and real property. The MNdocs automation system collects your client information and case-related data, and then generates documents across libraries—eliminating the need to retype the same information many times. MNdocs subscriptions are available on an annual or a monthly basis.

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Court Opinions by Email (CourtOps)

Keep current with the latest court decisions with CourtOps. This no-cost, MSBA members-only service delivers all published appellate opinions from Minnesota and the U.S. Eighth Circuit courts to you via email within hours after their release.

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Benefit from the depth and breadth of experience and wisdom evident in Minnesota Legal Ethics, an ebook from William E. Wernz. Authored by one of Minnesota’s foremost legal ethics attorneys, the resource explores Minnesota-specific legal ethics (especially the Rules of Professional Conduct) from every angle, including investigation, prosecution, defense, advice, administration, drafting, writing, and teaching. The MSBA offers a number of other eBooks, including Minnesota Land Use Law, IOLTA accounting guides, and a series of titles on judges’ courtroom preferences prepared by the MSBA’s Civil Litigation Section.

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