NebDocs FAQ

What is NebDocs®?

NebDocs® is the NSBA's premier automated document assembly program. NebDocs® is designed to run through the new HotDocs Market, an ecommerce platform offering expertly crafted templates published by the NSBA (and other vendors) and automated using proven HotDocs technology. The new cloud-based NebDocs® available through HotDocs Market enables you to access your forms from a wide range of devices and locations, including PCs, Macs, iPads, and Android devices. NebDocs® is constantly updated by the NSBA, and through HotDocs Market you have access to the most up-to-date version of each of the hundreds of forms available in NebDocs®.

What is document assembly or document automation?

Document automation or assembly refers to a system designed to use form templates and algorithms to generate completed forms that require little or no additional customization by the attorney. The user answers a few questions and the program takes the stored data to create any number of specific forms. The value of using a program like NebDocs® to generate your forms has been compared with going to a tax program like TurboTax from forms picked up at your local post office.

What is HotDocs Market?

HotDocs Market is a marketplace designed for legal professionals who are frustrated with the amount of time they have to dedicate to creating forms and contracts. HotDocs Market is a source to purchase expertly crafted templates from leading publishers and bar associations like the NSBA. More information about HotDocs Market can be found here.

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What forms or practice areas are available in NebDocs®?

NebDocs® includes forms in several practice areas including probate, real property, criminal law, business law, and family law. The forms library is constantly being updated. For the current list of available forms and practice areas, visit the NebDocs® page in HotDocs Market.

When will new forms be added (and which ones) and how will I get them?

The NSBA relies on member volunteers to update and expand content in our form libraries. We have a number of libraries currently under review and development. For example, NebDocs® will be adding or updating over 100 family law forms in early April, and around June we expect to add or update another 100+ forms in areas including business law, adoption, and guardianship and conservatorship.

As a NebDocs® subscriber, you automatically get access to new forms during your subscription term. When you login to HotDocs Market and access NebDocs®, you always get the latest version of NebDocs®, including all updated and expanded content. There's no need to download any software updates or install any new form libraries with the new NebDocs®.

If you have suggestions for updates or new content, or would like to get involved in the process, please email us at

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I currently have a NebDocs® subscription. Do I have to set up a new account in the Market?

No, the NSBA is working with HotDocs to "bridge" existing NebDocs® subscribers to the new platform. All current NebDocs® subscribers will be able to use the new product under their existing subscriptions until May 31, 2015.

Why did the annual price increase with the move to HotDocs Market?

Unfortunately NebDocs® was not sustainable as a product at the former price point. While it may have been possible to offer it at that price, we could not provide regular updates, thus negating the value to members and failing to meet the quality implied by the NSBA brand.  The new NebDocs® offers much greater functionality to members and reduces the administrative burden allowing the Association to focus on updating and expanding content.

I am a NSBA member. How do I get the member price for NebDocs® on HotDocs Market?

Member pricing for NebDocs® is tied to your primary email. If this is not the email address currently on your HotDocs Market account, you need to add it as an email alias. Once you log in to Market, go to "My Account" in the upper right, then choose "My Details" on the far right of the menu banner. On the page that comes up you will see a section on "Email Addresses" with a place to enter aliases. Enter your login email as an alias (the email you use to access practicelaw and Fastcase).

If you have problems adding an alias, or if you want to change your primary email/login to Market, contact HotDocs Customer Service at 844-536-4343 and/or

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Can I use NebDocs® on my iPad?

Yes, the new NebDocs® is available on any device with a web browser, including iPads, iPhones, Macs, PCs, Windows phones, and Android devices.

What if I want to use the desktop version?

The desktop application is no longer supported. However, you may continue to use your current desktop installation until the earlier of the end of your subscription and the expiration of the forms set on June 30, 2015.

Can I use my answer files from the desktop version in the new NebDocs® in HotDocs Market?

Yes. When you select a form to work on in the new NebDocs® you are given an option to start a new session, use an existing session, or upload an answer file. The last option allows you to import your existing answer files into the new NebDocs®.

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How different is the new NebDocs®? Is there any training available?

While offering much greater functionality and ease of access, the new NebDocs® does maintain some of the look and feel of the prior version, hopefully enough so that members should be able to make the switch with little or no disruption to their practice.
The NSBA and HotDocs have set up a number of live demo webinars on the new NebDocs®. A recorded demo is also  available on-demand. More information can be found on www.NebDocs®.com.

Where are my answer files saved with the new NebDocs®?

HotDocs Market automatically saves your sessions every 30 seconds. At the end of a session when your form is prepared by NebDocs®, you also have the option to save the answer file to your local computer or network. Whether or not you choose to save a local copy, your work is saved in HotDocs Market for you.

If you want to remove your work product from Market, you should first save a local copy as described above. After that you can view all of your sessions and delete those you no longer need or want, or any sessions you don't want stored in Market for you.

Can I share my files within my firm?

Yes. If you purchased multiple subscriptions, HotDocs Market is set up for you to be able to share content between them.  For more information on this process, visit HotDocs Market's support page or contact HotDocs Customer Service.

Note that HotDocs Market does not save your completed forms but rather your working sessions, from which you can of course regenerate the final documents. If it is your practice to save the finished documents, then you should continue to use your existing process for document storage and retention.

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Can I set up my NebDocs® subscription to auto-renew? And if so, how?

Yes. In your HotDocs Market account you can manage your subscriptions, including adding or changing billing information and enabling auto-renew for your subscription(s). For step-by-step instructions on this process, see this document from HotDocs.

What if I have issues with NebDocs®?

Technical issues with NebDocs® should be directed to HotDocs Customer Service at 844-536-4343 and/or

Questions, complaints, or suggestions relating to content can be directed to the NSBA at (402) 475-7091 or