Most individual official state websites offer legal templates for various court proceedings, often under the heading of either Forms, Self-Help Forms or Pro Se Forms. Federal district court websites also offer templates for proceedings, as noted on UScourts.gov.
Those who wish to proceed without an attorney can search the specific court's website for sample forms. State judicial branches have a uniform Web address: state.courts.[two letter state abbreviation].us. The American Bar Association also has a Web page with links for pro se, or self-help, resources for each state.
There is no one-size-fits-all petition; each court and each type of proceeding has its own petition format. For example, a divorce petition must be formatted for the specific state court in the county in which the petition is filed. A bankruptcy petition is filed in federal bankruptcy court, and has a format containing different mandatory information than a divorce petition, as evidenced by the website for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado. Probate, personal injury claims and other civil complaints each have their own formatting and information requirements as well.