Is my work in an online manual saved when I log out?

Texas Bar Books Staff

Yes. Customer feedback convinced us that storing your work in previous sessions for reference at any time on any device would provide vital information in many situations, such as in court, in meetings with judges or opposing counsel, or when working from home.

How secure is the information I enter when using an online manual?

Texas Bar Books Staff

When you download a Word version of a form and enter client information, the editable form exists on your device. As long as you save the completed form on your device, it will be as secure as any other information you have stored. When you use the bookmarking, highlighting, or note-taking features of the Online manual, that information is stored on servers. Although your saved bookmarks, highlights, and notes will be accessible to only someone accessing the Online manual through your account, you are strongly advised against using these features to add information that might be considered confidential client information. The State Bar of Texas makes no representations concerning whether entering confidential client information would or would not constitute a breach of confidentiality.

What formats are offered and what are the differences between them?

Texas Bar Books Staff

The Texas Bar Practice Bookshop offers great content created by committees of Texas’ finest lawyers over four decades in the following formats: online subscriptions digital downloads hardbound and softbound books DVDs The online subscription and digital download versions include: the text of the entire publication editable forms in MS Word and, in some cases, Excel Texas and federal case and statutory citations are linked to the Casemaker database forms available from state or federal agencies as PDF files A significant advantage the online subscription has over the digital download is that it’s accessible without downloading any files to your computer, so it’s easy to access from your PC, your tablet, your smart phone, and even others’ computers. All you need to do is log in to your Texas Bar Practice account and start using the product.

How do I modify my downloaded forms?

Texas Bar Books Staff

You can modify your downloaded Word forms the same way you would any other document, or for greater efficiency, use the Texas Bar Books toolbar. “Edit Document” mode In Word, toggle between Read mode and Edit Document mode using the View tab. Read-only, compatibility mode Your downloaded Word forms are set as read-only so that after you make changes to one and try to save it, you’ll be prompted to Save As instead. That way, you’ll end up with both your modified version named whatever you want and saved wherever you want as well as the original downloaded form ready for use again with a different client. Hidden text Many forms include instructions as red-colored hidden text to help you prepare the form. These instructions should be deleted before printing a finished form or sharing it electronically. In Word, toggle between showing and hiding the instructions—or permanently delete the instructions—by clicking the appropriate button on the Texas Bar Books toolbar. If you don’t have the toolbar installed, to show or hide the instructions, use Word’s File tab. Select File > Options > Display and check or uncheck the “Hidden text” box. Choosing/replacing form variables Use the Texas Bar Books toolbar …

How do I manipulate forms content without the toolbar?

Texas Bar Books Staff

Although Word forms downloaded from the online subscription products and included with most digital downloads are designed to use the Texas Bar Books toolbar, they can be manipulated without the toolbar. Note that the toolbar is compatible with Word on Windows only. Hidden text Many Texas Bar Practice forms include instructions as red-colored hidden text to help you prepare the form. These instructions should not be printed with the finished form and should be deleted before sharing a finished form electronically. For Word on Windows, to show or hide the instructions without using the toolbar, use Word’s File tab. Select File > Options > Display and check or uncheck the “Hidden text” box. For Word for Macintosh, to show or hide the instructions, select Preferences > View > Nonprinting Characters and check or uncheck the “Hidden text” box. For WordPerfect, to show or hide the instructions, select Tools > Settings > Display and check or uncheck the “Hidden text” box. Deleting hidden text For Word on Windows, to permanently remove hidden text from a form without using the toolbar, you can use Word’s Inspect Document tool, accessible through Word’s File tab. Select File > Info > Check for Issues > …

How does payment for the Online manuals work? Is there a contract? May I cancel at any time?

Texas Bar Books Staff

If you purchase an annual subscription, the subscription period will extend for one year from the date you submit your credit card payment information. The subscription fee is nonrefundable. Unless you cancel your subscription, your subscription will automatically renew and your credit card will be billed each year on or about the date you originally submitted your payment information. We will send a reminder thirty days before your subscription expires. If you purchase a monthly subscription, the subscription period will extend for one month from the date you submit your credit card information. Unless you cancel your subscription, your credit card will be billed automatically on or around the same day of the month as the date of your initial subscription. You may cancel your subscription at any time by logging in to TexasBarPractice.com and using the Subscriptions/Auto-Renewals tab on your Account page, or by calling the Sales Desk at 800-204-2222 ext. 1411 or 512-427-1411 (in Austin), or by emailing us at salesdesk@texasbar.com. Subscription fees you have already paid are nonrefundable, and the subscription is nontransferable.

How do I access my Online manual?

Texas Bar Books Staff

To access your available Texas Bar Books Online manual, log in at TexasBarPractice.com and navigate to your Account page. Select the My Library tab and from your list of subscriptions, click Go to Product. Your manual will open, ready for use.

How do content updates work for the Online manuals?

Texas Bar Books Staff

With Texas Bar Books Online there is no need to make additional supplement purchases or take any action to get updates. The site will automatically reflect these updates, and we will notify users of the changes made. Supplements to the hard copy and digital download versions of our manuals incorporate changes in legislation and case law as frequently as every one to two years, depending on the manual. Because all of the content in the manual is subject to a rigorous process of legal interpretation, writing, editing, and typesetting, the next update on the site will take place near the time of the print update.

What software or apps are required to make full use of Texas Bar Practice products?

Texas Bar Books Staff

Internet browser The Online manuals contain all of the content of the printed books as web pages accessible via any Internet browser on any device able to access the Internet. The Online manuals also have a robust search feature and are fully hyperlinked for easy navigation. PDF file software The digital downloads contain all of the content of the printed books as PDF files that are hyperlinked for easy navigation. Although most software capable of viewing PDF files suffice for viewing the content, to fully take advantage of the advanced features included in these PDF files, we recommend Adobe Reader on a desktop or laptop. You may download a free copy of the Adobe Reader software at http://get.adobe.com/reader/. Some Online manuals and digital downloads also include the full text of selected CLE articles from the TexasBarCLE Online Library or forms available from state and federal agencies as individual PDF files. Word-processing software All Online manuals and most digital downloads include State Bar of Texas–copyrighted forms as downloadable, editable text files in MS Word. Word 2007 or later is recommended for Word forms specifically designed for use with the Texas Bar Books toolbar, which include the forms for the Online manuals …

How do I cancel my Online manual subscription?

Texas Bar Books Staff

STEP 1: To cancel your subscription to a Texas Bar Books Online manual, log in at TexasBarPractice.com and navigate to your account page. STEP 2: Select the Subscriptions/Auto-Renewals tab. STEP 3: Here you will see a list of your Online manual subscriptions. Click “Cancel Subscription.” STEP 4: Choose the number of licenses you wish to cancel, and click “Cancel.” Done! Your subscription is canceled and you will not be charged at the next billing cycle.

What is the Texas Bar Books toolbar for Word?

Texas Bar Books Staff

The Texas Bar Books toolbar is an MS Word macro template file that enables you to more easily manipulate the word-processing forms provided with the online subscription and digital download practice manuals, as well as with the digital downloads of Guardianship Alternatives and Law Office Road Map. The toolbar may be used to— view or hide the instructions embedded in the word-processing forms; find and highlight the next variable, instruction, or optional text; browse, select, and copy clause text from forms that are collections of clauses; retain the embedded instructions for viewing while you work on your hard drive but prevent them from printing on your hard copies; and delete the embedded instructions entirely on forms you plan to email or file electronically. You can view a video tutorial for using the toolbar here. Hidden text Word forms designed for use with the toolbar include instructions as red-colored hidden text to help you prepare the form. These instructions should be deleted before printing a finished form or sharing it electronically. In Word, toggle between showing and hiding the instructions—or permanently delete the instructions—by clicking the appropriate button on the toolbar. Note that the last selection you make using the toolbar regarding …