On this page, you can download the PDF files of the following brochures, but if you would like printed copies click here to fill out the online order form. Please note that The Missouri Bar publications contain information/resources that deal only with Missouri and Missouri laws and that not all brochures are available in printed format.

Except as otherwise noted, these materials are not copyrighted and may be photocopied as needed.

Small Claims Handbook

Small claims court is a division of the circuit court presided over by an appointed judge. Small claims court was established to help people handle cases involving money ($5,000 or less, not including costs) by themselves and without a lawyer. Click here for your copy of the Missouri small claims court handbook.

Coloring Books

These coloring books were developed by The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section and the Citizenship Education Program to help students better understand the government and legal system. Download them here.

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

Establishing advance directives regarding future health care decisions can ensure that a person’s wishes are met and can also relieve families from having to make difficult decisions at a time of great stress. The Missouri Bar has developed and makes available as a public service a “Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive” for use by the general public. This form may be downloaded and/or photocopied as needed. There is no copyright on this publication.

Turning 18 in Missouri

Turning 18? Some Things About the Law You Need to Know.  Click here to download the guide.

Money Guide

  • Out of Work? How to Deal with Creditors
  • Debt Collection FAQs: A Guide for Consumers
  • Protect Yourself from Overdraft Fees
  • How to Cope with Medical Bills
  • Vehicle Repossession: Understanding the Rules of the Road
  • Payday Lending Basics
  • Steps You Can Take to Avoid Foreclosures
  • For People on Debt Management Plans: A Must-Do-List
  • Bankruptcy
  • Credit Reports and Scoring
  • How to Dispute Credit Report Errors
  • New Credit Card Rules

Click here to download the guide.

Relative Caregiver Affidavit

The Relative Caregiver Affidavit is a form required by law which allows relative caregivers to consent to the medical treatment and educational services for a child that cannot otherwise legally consent to those services. The Missouri Bar makes available as a public service a “Relative Caregiver Affidavit” for use by the general public. This form may be downloaded and/or photocopied as needed. There is no copyright on this form and it is provided for free.

Client Resource Guide

  • Meet Your Lawyer
  • The Attorney-Client Relationship
  • Lawyers’ Fees
  • The Fee Dispute Resolution Program
  • Missouri’s Lawyer Discipline System
  • Missouri Paralegals
  • Finding the Legal Help You Need

Click here to download the guide.

Probate Law Resource Guide

  • Probate
  • Wills
  • What is a Revocable Living Trust?
  • Joint Tenancy
  • Living Wills and Other Advance Directives
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
  • Revised Anatomical Gift Act
  • Guardians & Conservators Under Missouri Law

Click here to download the guide.

Business Law Resource Guide

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • The ADA: Rules for the Workplace
  • Workers’ Compensation

Click here to download the guide.

Family Law Resource Guide

  • Juveniles and the Law
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Child Support in Missouri
  • Adoption
  • You Are Still Parents
  • Assistance to Parents of Children with Disabilities

Click here to download the guide.

Law and the Courts Resource Guide

  • What to Do in Case of an Auto Accident
  • Your Rights in Traffic Court
  • Your Rights if Arrested

Click here to download the guide.

Consumers and the Law Resource Guide

  • Your Rights as a Tenant
  • Buying a Home
  • Buying on Credit

Click here to download the complete guide.

Domestic Violence Resources

  • Domestic Violence and the Law: A Practical Guide for Survivors (2019 ed.)

This guide is for victims of domestic violence. It is a collaborative effort by Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) and the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the Missouri Bar. This booklet includes practical information for domestic violence survivors about participating in Missouri’s legal system. Topics include: Orders of Protection, law enforcement response to domestic violence, Missouri Legal Service Offices, safety planning, and domestic and sexual assault offenses. To find a comprehensive list of domestic and sexual violence shelters and service providers go to www.mocadsv.org and click on “need help?”

Click here to download the guide.

Disaster Resources

  • The Missouri Legal Services Disaster Manual – A Resource for Missouri Lawyers and Missourians This manual is to assist Missourians who are or may be affected by weather-related disasters as well as assist Missouri lawyers whose clients may be facing legal issues unique to disasters.

Click Here to download the guide.

Senior Citizens Handbook

  • Senior Citizens Handbook Booklet on laws and programs affecting senior citizens including new Medicaid laws in Missouri.

Click here to download the guide. Please note the Senior Citizen Handbook is copyrighted. Copyright © 2016 Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc. and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Understanding Missouri’s Expungement Law

Individuals seeking expungement of their criminal record(s) under this law which took effect Jan. 1, 2018, are encouraged to hire an attorney to aid them in the petition process. You may use the state bar’s free, online LawyerSearch feature to find lawyers currently accepting new clients. Choose “Criminal Law” as the area of practice for an expungement petition case. In addition, the Office of State Courts Administrator has published a petition form via the Courts website.

Other Legal Topics

Paid for by the Missouri Bar, Mischa Buford Epps, Executive Director PO Box 119, Jefferson City, MO 65102