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NEW, REVISED AND IMPROVED.

WELLS
EVERY MAN HIS OWN LAWYER

AND

Business Form Book.

A COMPLETE GUIDE IN ALL MATTERS OF LAW AND BUSINESS

NEGOTIATIONS,

FOR EVERY STATE IN THE UNION.

WITH LEGAL FORMS FOR DRAWING THE NECESSARY PAPERS, AND FULL
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROCEEDING, WITHOUT LEGAL ASSISTANCE,
IN SUITS AND BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS OF EVERY

DESCRIPTION,

BY

JOHN G. WELLS,
AUTHOR OF “ILLUSTRATED NATIONAL HAND-BOOK," "ARMY AND NAVY HANDT

BOOK," "CHICAGO AS IT WAS AND IS," ETC., ETC.

With a Portrait of the Juthor.

NEW YORK:
ROBERT MACOY, 626 BROADWAY

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1875, by

ROBERT MACOY, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.

OCT 22 1908

TO THE PUBLIC.

M IME produces wonderful changes! The original edition of

I this work was prepared and presented to the public many years ago, and was received with great favor, attaining a larger sale, it is believed, than any work published within its time. From its intrinsic merit it became, as it were, a necessity, as an indispensable Household and Office Companion.

Lapse of time and eventful circumstances have wrought such material changes in our general government and in the statutes of the various States, in connection with all the business and social relations of life, that to meet the exigencies of the times, a new book is demanded to take the place of the old. Yet in this new production, not only all the features which have made the work so immensely popular have been preserved ; but many important additions have been introduced. This new production has been perfected regardless of labor or outlay. So thorough and critical bas been the revision and completion, that the most implicit reliance can be placed upon the work as authority on all the subjects of which it treats.

The utility of such a work no one will now question. The sale of hundreds of thousands of copies of the former editions, and the constant demand for it, have settled that point. Th9 professional man, the farmer, the mechanic, the manufacturer, the soldier, the sailor, each requires a convenient, comprehensive and reliable work which will enable him to draw up any instrument in writing that may be required, in a legal form ; which will furnish such legal information as is usually called for in the various avocations of life; a book that everybody can understand, and that will enable every man or woman to be HIS OR HER OWN LAWYER. To make such a work, and to make it well, was no small task; but by patient, continued, and intelligent labor, it has been achieved.

BANKRUPTS AND CREDITORS will find in this work, in addition to information indispensable to every business man, the General Bankrupt Law, with explanations, and full instructions for taking the benefit of the act.

THE CITY WHOLESALE MERCHANT,

whose customers are scattered throughout the country, will find this manual indispensable for his information concerning the laws of the various States, in regard to the Collection of Debts, the Limit ation of Actions, Homestead, and other laus exempting property from attachment, Stay Laws, the Laws of Frauds, Rates of Interest, Peddlers' Licenses to Sell Goods, Merchants, Brokers, Auction, and Commercial Traveler's License, Stamp Duties, Post Office and Ches. tom House Regulations, etc.

THE CITY RETAILER, whose customers are at home, cannot safely give them credit with out being familiar with the legal details concerning false pretences of buyers. He will also find the following topics indispensable in his business : Copartnership Agreements and Dissolutions, Assignments of Goods to Creditors and others, Policies of Insurance, Powers and Instructions for all the successide Legal steps in cases of Bankruptcy Promissory Notes, Due Bills, Receipts, Money Orders, Postal Regu lations, Goods requiring a Stamp, etc., etc.

THE COUNTRY MERCHANT will find most of the foregoing valuable in his business, but in addition, he will find use for Forms of Bills of Sale, Letters of Credit, Contracts, Notes, Orders, Business Bills and Orders, Agree ments for the sale of all kinds of Personal Property, Bonds, Chatte. and other Mortgages, Orders and Due Bills for Goods, factorizing writs, and many other matters.

THE CITY OR COUNTRY ATTORNEY will here find, ready at his hand, in reliable form, legal instruments of every description, including those for Deeds, Bonds, Mortgages, Indentures, Powers of Attorney, Articles of Copartnership, Letters of License, Credit Agreements, Satisfactions, Judgments, Leases, Wills and Codicils, Compositions with Creditors, Forms for Pension Bounty, Back Pay, and Indemnity Claims, Internal Revenue Decisions, together with a great mass of carefully collected information, which will enable him to state the law-points on nearly all cases which may be brought before him.. ,

JUSTICES OF THE PEACE AND NOTARIES POBLK, will find this work of great value to them. In all cases of civil suits which come before a justice’s court, and in all the provisions for Protests, Affidavits, Acknowledgment of Deeds, Wills, Agreements, Contracts, Leases, etc., etc., the work is absolutely perfect

THE FARMER, also, will find use for Deeds of all kinds, Mortgages, Satisfaction of Mortgages, Bills of Sale for all kinds of property, the Lajos in refer. ence to Lost, Strayed or Stolen Cattle, Fences, Roads, Cultivation of Lands, Homestead Lars, and Exemptions; the Laws, Forms and steps to be taken for recovering or obtaining Public Lands, the modo of making out his returns of Income, and the taxes to be paid on the produce of his farm, etc., etc.

THE MECHANIC.

In addition to much other valuable matter, the Lien Lars of the various States and Territories, the Statute of Limitation to Actions, the Liabilities of Contractors, Journeymen and Apprentices, the Laws of the different States and Territories in regard to the Claims of Workmen for Labor, and instructions for proceedings in collect ing the same.

FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS, We have provided Forms of Leases and Agreements, and all the necessary instructions and forms for installing and rejecting tenants.

THE DISCHARGED SOLDIER OR SAILOR and his family, will find here all the instructions and forms necessary to enable them to procure Back Pay, Pensions, Bounties, and War Claims against the Government. This matter has been prepared with extraordinary care, and is pronounced, by those most competent to judge, absolutely perfect. By the aid of this book, any invalid soldier or widow, or children or other heirs of a de ceased soldier, who can read and write, can make out their penBion, back pay, or bounty papers, without being under the necesBity of expending a dollar of their pittance on claim agents, who usually take the largest share for themselves. The instructions are to plain as to make the whole matter perfectly clear and simple.

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