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Legal Support Services Deskbook

Last Updated: December 20, 2022
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The Legal Support Services Deskbook ("LSS Deskbook") has been prepared by the FDIC Legal Division ("Legal Division" or "Division") to provide policies and procedures, shell contracts, and standard forms for in-house attorneys, experts, and legal support services ("LSS") providers. It sets forth many of the FDICs requirements that govern the relationship between the FDIC and experts or LSS providers. It is important that in-house attorneys, experts, and LSS providers read, maintain familiarity with, and adhere to the provisions in the LSS Deskbook.

The LSS Deskbook includes policies and procedures and forms that the FDIC requires its experts and LSS providers to follow and use.  Each chapter covers a key area or interest. Appendices provide additional information, forms, and worksheets. In-house attorneys will ensure that experts and LSS providers are provided copies of the LSS Deskbook.

Forms & Related Links

Fillable Adobe PDF Forms must be downloaded. To download, right click on the PDF form link and save a local copy.

Alternative Dispute Resolution/Binding Arbitration

Budget Forms

Byrd Amendment

Conflicts of Interest

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Guidelines

Expert/Legal Support Services Agreement Forms

Invoice Forms


Related Information

Effective Date

The effective date of the LSS Deskbook is December 2005. The Legal Division may amend the LSS Deskbook from time to time. Amendments shall be effective on the dates specified by the Legal Division.


The LSS Deskbook contains the following three (3) primary parts:

  • Policies and Procedures - Establishes guidance that contains three primary parts that must be followed when performing services for the FDIC. Some of these policies and procedures were written for outside counsel but also apply to experts and LSS providers.
  • Forms - Forms are provided in the appendices and are referenced within the text of the corresponding LSS Deskbook chapter. Blank forms are provided as well as some completed forms that are provided as samples. The forms can also be printed from the FDIC Internet site:
  • Shell Contracts - Shell contracts provide minimum standard terms that must be used for experts and LSS providers when contracts are greater than $5,000. The shell contracts are optional for contracts less than $5,000.


For further assistance with FDIC's LSS Deskbook policies and procedures, contact the FDIC Oversight Attorney administering the agreement.