Employee Stock Purchase Plan - Loislaw.com Inc.


                               LOISLAW.COM, INC.
                         EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
                                        
     Section 1.  Purpose.  It is the purpose of the Plan to promote the
interests of the Company and its stockholders by providing a method by which
eligible employees may use voluntary payroll deductions to purchase shares of
Common Stock at a discount, thereby affording them the opportunity to invest in
the Company at a preferential price, and to acquire a proprietary interest in
the Company and an increased personal interest in its continued success and
progress.  The Plan is intended to qualify as an employee stock purchase plan
within the meaning of Section 423 of the Code and shall be construed
accordingly.

     Section 2.  Definitions.  As used herein the following terms have the
following meanings:

          (a) 'Affiliate' means any corporation that is a subsidiary corporation
     of the Company within the meaning of Section 424(f) of the Code and that
     has been designated by the Committee as an Affiliate for purposes of the
     Plan.

          (b) 'Board of Directors' means the Board of Directors of the Company.

          (c) 'Code' means the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as
     from time to time amended.
 
          (d) 'Committee' means the Committee described in Section 4 hereof.

          (e) 'Common Stock' means the $.001 par value Common Stock of the
     Company.

          (f) 'Company' means Loislaw.com, Inc., a Delaware corporation.

          (g) 'Compensation' for an Option Period means the basic compensation
     and commissions payable to an employee for services rendered to the Company
     or any Affiliate, but not including bonuses, overtime or premium pay,
     allowances, deferred compensation payments or any other extraordinary
     compensation.  The Compensation of an employee who does not receive salary
     or wages computed in United States dollars shall be determined by
     converting such salary or wages into United States dollars in accordance
     with the Compensation Exchange Rate.

          (h) 'Compensation Exchange Rate' means the New York foreign currency
     exchange rate as reported in The Wall Street Journal for the last business
     day immediately preceding the first day of the applicable Option Period.

          (i) 'Eligible Employee' means any employee of the Company or an
     Affiliate who is eligible to participate in the Plan pursuant to Section 5
     hereof.

          (j) 'Enrollment Date' means the first day of any Option Period.

 
          (k) 'Fair Market Value' means the closing sale price on the date in
     question (or, if there was no reported sale on such date, on the last
     preceding day on which any reported sale occurred) of the Common Stock on
     the Nasdaq National Market or any national stock exchange or other stock
     market on which the Common Stock may from time to time be traded.
     Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the Fair Market Value of
     the Common Stock on the first day of the first Option Period shall be the
     initial price to the public established in connection with the Company's
     initial public offering of Common Stock.

          (l) 'Option' means any option to purchase shares of Common Stock
     granted by the Committee pursuant to the provisions of the Plan.

          (m) 'Option Period' means each period beginning on May 1 and ending on
     the following October 31, and each period beginning on November 1 and
     ending on the following April 30; provided, however, that the first Option
     Period shall begin at the time the registration of the Common Stock under
     the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 becomes effective and end on the
     following April 30.

          (n) 'Participant' means an Eligible Employee who elects to participate
     in the Plan pursuant to Section 6 hereof.

          (o) 'Plan' means this Loislaw.com, Inc. Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

     Section 3.  Number of Shares.  The aggregate number of shares of Common
Stock issued pursuant to Options granted under the Plan shall not exceed a total
of 300,000 shares.  The maximum number of shares of Common Stock available for
sale under the Plan is subject to adjustment as provided in Section 16.  The
Common Stock to be delivered upon exercise of Options may consist of authorized
but unissued shares of Common Stock or shares of Common Stock previously issued
and reacquired by the Company.

     Section 4.  Administration of the Plan.  The Plan shall be administered by
the Committee, which shall consist of three or more employees of the Company.
Each member of the Committee shall be appointed by and shall serve at the
pleasure of the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors shall have the sole
continuing authority to appoint members of the Committee both in substitution
for members previously appointed and to fill vacancies however caused.  The
following provisions shall apply to the administration of the Plan by the
Committee:

          (a) The Committee shall designate one of its members as Chairperson
     and shall hold meetings at such times and places as it may determine.  Each
     member of the Committee shall be notified in writing of the time and place
     of any meeting of the Committee at least two days prior to such meeting,
     provided that such notice may be waived by a Committee member.  A majority
     of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum and any action
     taken by a majority of the members of the Committee present at any duly
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     meeting at which a quorum is present (or action unanimously approved
     in writing) shall constitute action by the Committee.

          (b) The Committee may appoint a Secretary (who need not be a member of
     the Committee) who shall keep minutes of its meetings.  The Committee may
     make such rules and regulations for the conduct of its business as it may
     determine.

          (c) The Committee shall have full authority subject to the express
     provisions of the Plan to interpret the Plan, to provide, modify and
     rescind rules and regulations relating to it and to make all other
     determinations and perform such actions as the Committee deems necessary or
     advisable to administer the Plan.

          (d) No member of the Committee shall be liable for any action taken or
     determination made in good faith with respect to the Plan or any Option
     granted hereunder.

          (e) The Committee may appoint a bank, trust company or other
     appropriate entity to serve as administrator of the Plan (the
     'Administrator').  The Administrator's duties shall include establishing
     and maintaining accounts for Participants, holding in custody for the
     accounts of Participants the shares of Common Stock purchased by them under
     the Plan, maintaining records of and providing regular reports for the
     Participants' accounts and such other duties as may be agreed to by the
     Committee or set forth in an agreement between the Company and the
     Administrator.  The Committee shall have the authority to approve the form,
     terms and conditions of an agreement with the Administrator, which
     agreement may be executed and delivered by any member of the Committee or
     any proper officer of the Company, and to terminate the engagement of the
     Administrator and engage a successor Administrator at any time.

     Section 5.  Eligible Employees.  Each employee of the Company or an
Affiliate who is employed by the Company or an Affiliate on the date his
participation in the Plan is to become effective shall be eligible to
participate in the Plan; provided, however, that:

          (a) An employee shall not be granted an Option if such employee would,
     immediately after grant of the Option, own stock possessing 5% or more of
     the total combined voting power or value of all classes of stock of the
     Company or any parent or subsidiary corporation of the Company (within the
     meaning of Section 424(e) and (f) of the Code).  For purposes of
     determining stock ownership under this paragraph, the rules of Section
     424(d) of the Code shall apply, and stock which the employee may purchase
     under any outstanding options shall be treated as stock owned by the
     employee; and

          (b) No employee shall be granted an Option under the Plan that would
     permit such employee's rights to purchase shares of stock under all
     employee stock purchase plans of the Company and its parent and subsidiary
     corporations (within the meaning of Section 424(e) and (f) of the Code) to
     accrue (within the meaning of Section 423(b)(8) of the Code) at a rate
     which exceeds U.S. $25,000 of fair market value of such stock (determined
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     time such option is granted) for each calendar year during which any
     such option granted to such employee is outstanding at any time.

For purposes of this Section 5, the term 'employee' shall not include (i) an
employee who has been employed by the Company or an Affiliate less than six
months prior to an Enrollment Date, (ii) an employee whose customary employment
is 20 hours or less per week, or (iii) an employee whose customary employment is
for not more than five months in any calendar year.

     Section 6.  Method of Participation.  Each person who will be an Eligible
Employee on any Enrollment Date may elect to participate in the Plan by
executing and delivering to the Company, on or before such Enrollment Date, a
payroll deduction authorization form as provided in this Section; provided,
however, that with respect to the first Enrollment Date, an Eligible Employee
may elect to participate in the Plan by executing and delivering a payroll
deduction authorization form to the Company on or before the date that is six
business days prior to the second payroll distribution to such Eligible Employee
after such first Enrollment Date.  Such Eligible Employee shall thereby become a
Participant on such Enrollment Date and shall remain a Participant until such
Eligible Employee's participation is terminated as provided in Section 12 or 13
hereof; provided, however, that if the Company does not receive such payroll
deduction authorization form in time to implement the authorized withholding for
any payroll period, no withholding shall be made on behalf of such Participant
pursuant to this Plan until the next succeeding payroll period.

     The payroll deduction authorization form executed by a Participant shall
request withholding, by means of substantially equal payroll deductions over the
Option Period, of an amount which shall be not more than 10% nor less than 1% of
such Participant's Compensation for the Option Period. A Participant may change
the withholding rate of his or her payroll deduction authorization within such
limits by delivering a new payroll deduction authorization form to the Company
before the next Enrollment Date for which the change is to be effective.  A
Participant may not change the withholding rate or his or her payroll deduction
authorization with respect to an Option Period at any time after the deadline
set forth in the immediately preceding sentence.  All amounts withheld in
accordance with a Participant's payroll deduction authorization for an Option
Period shall be credited to a withholding account for such Participant.  No
interest shall be payable on withholding accounts.

     Section 7.  Grant of Options.  Each Participant shall automatically be
granted an Option to purchase shares of Common Stock on the first day of each
Option Period.  Each Option shall be exercisable on the last business day of the
Option Period for the number of shares of Common Stock, including fractional
shares to the fourth decimal place, determined by dividing (a) the balance in
the Participant's withholding account attributable to such Option Period on the
last business day of the Option Period by (b) the purchase price per share of
the Common Stock as determined under Section 8.  Any provision of this Plan to
the contrary notwithstanding, in no event shall the number of shares with
respect to which an Option is granted to a Participant in an Option Period
exceed that number of shares which has an aggregate Fair Market Value
(determined on the date of grant) of U.S. $12,500, and the number of shares
actually purchased by a Participant in an Option Period may not exceed this
number.  If, as a result of such limit or otherwise, the full amount withheld
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Participant's Compensation for any Option Period cannot be used to purchase
Common Stock in such Option Period, the excess amount shall be carried forward
and applied to the purchase of Common Stock in the next Option Period (subject
to the limits set forth in this Plan), unless the Participant has requested that
such amount be refunded to him or her by the Company. The Company shall reduce,
on a substantially proportionate basis, the number of shares of Common Stock
receivable by each Participant upon exercise of an Option in any Option Period
in the event that the total number of shares then available under the Plan is
less than the total number of shares with respect to which all Participants
exercise Options in such Option Period.

     Section 8.  Option Price. The purchase price per share of Common Stock
under each installment of each Option shall equal the lesser of (a) 90% of the
Fair Market Value per share of Common Stock on the date of grant of the Option
or (b) 90% of the Fair Market Value per share of Common Stock on the date on
which the Option is exercised.  If the Common Stock of the Company is not
admitted to trading on any of the aforesaid dates for which closing prices of
the stock are to be determined, then reference shall be made to the Fair Market
Value of the stock on that date, as determined by the Committee in good faith.

     Section 9.  Exercise of Options. An employee who is a Participant in the
Plan on the last business day of an Option Period shall be deemed automatically
to have exercised the Option granted to him or her for that Option Period.  Upon
such exercise, the Company shall apply the entire balance of the Participant's
withholding account attributable to that Option Period to the purchase of the
maximum number of shares of Common Stock, including fractional shares to the
fourth decimal point, as determined under Section 7.  For purposes of this
Section 9, the balance in the withholding account of a Participant whose salary
or wages are not computed in United States dollars shall be converted into
United States dollars in accordance with the New York foreign currency exchange
rate as reported in The Wall Street Journal for the last business day of the
Option Period.  As soon as practicable after the end of each Option Period, the
Company shall issue and deliver to the Administrator, on behalf of the
Participants, a certificate representing the aggregate number of shares
purchased by all Participants in such Option Period.  The Administrator shall
allocate, by book entry, the appropriate number of shares, including fractional
shares to the fourth decimal place, to each Participant's account.  The
obligation of the Company to deliver shares of Common Stock shall be postponed
for such period of time as may be necessary to register or qualify the purchased
shares under the Securities Act of 1933 and any applicable foreign or state
securities law.

     The proceeds received by the Company upon exercise of an Option shall
constitute general funds of the Company.  The withholding of payroll deduction
amounts from a Participant's Compensation and the application of such amounts to
purchase Common Stock from the Company in accordance with this Plan may be
accomplished by appropriate entries in the books and records of the Company and
need not involve any actual transfer of cash.  Any unexercised Option shall
expire and become null and void as of the end of the Option Period in which such
Option was granted.

     Section 10. Custody and Issuance of Stock.  Each Participant will be
credited by the Administrator with his or her pro rata share of the purchased
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in connection with this Plan, including fractional shares to the fourth decimal
place. Records of the Company maintained under the Plan will be confidential.
Each Participant shall have the right at any time to require the Administrator
to release from custody the shares of Common Stock theretofore purchased by such
Participant, and to receive a certificate or certificates representing such
whole shares of Common Stock and the cash equivalent of any fractional shares.
Stock certificates will be issued to a Participant in accordance with this
Section upon written request to the Administrator. Such stock certificates will
be registered in the name of the Participant or in the name of another person or
persons as instructed by the Participant and will be delivered to the
Participant or to his or her order. The Participant shall be responsible for,
and shall pay to the Administrator, any fees and charges of the transfer agent
and registrar for the Company's Common Stock in connection with any issuance of
stock certificates to or upon the order of such Participant pursuant to the
Plan. The Administrator will convert fractional shares to cash by selling them
on the open market in the manner contemplated by Section 11 of this Plan.

     Section 11.  Sale of Shares.  Upon notice from a Participant to the
Administrator, shares of Common Stock credited to the Participant's account
maintained by the Administrator may be sold by such Participant at any time
while the Participant remains employed with the Company.  Such sale shall be
made by the Administrator, at market price, as the first available trade on the
business day next following the day on which it receives such notice from the
Participant.  The Participant shall be responsible for, and shall pay, any fees
or charges of the Administrator, brokerage fees and commissions and other
charges identified with and incurred as a result of the sale, and the Company
shall have no liability or responsibility therefor.  When the sale transaction
is consummated, the Administrator will forward to such Participant a check for
the proceeds of the sale, net of the fees, commissions and other charges,
together with a statement detailing the terms of the sale, fees and commissions
incurred and remaining account balance.

     Section 12.  Cancellation of Option and Withdrawal From the Plan.  A
Participant who holds an Option under the Plan may at any time prior to exercise
thereof pursuant to Section 9 cancel such Option by written notice delivered to
the Company.  Upon such cancellation, the balance in the Participant's
withholding account attributable to such Option shall be returned to such
Participant and he or she shall cease to be a Participant.  Partial
cancellations shall not be permitted.
 
     A Participant may terminate his or her payroll deduction authorization as
of any date by written notice delivered to the Company and shall thereby cease
to be a Participant as of such date. Partial termination of a payroll deduction
authorization shall not be permitted.  Any Participant who voluntarily
terminates his or her payroll deduction authorization prior to the last business
day of an Option Period shall be deemed to have canceled his or her Option for
such Option Period.

     A Participant who withdraws from the Plan pursuant to this Section 12 may
re-enroll as of any subsequent Enrollment Date on which he or she is an Eligible
Employee in accordance with the procedure set forth in Section 6 of this Plan;
provided, however, that a Participant shall not be permitted to re-enroll in the
Plan until an Enrollment Date that is at least six months after the date of his
or her withdrawal.

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     Section 13.  Termination of Employment.  Upon the termination of a
Participant's employment with the Company or an Affiliate for any reason, such
person shall cease to be a Participant, any unexercised Option held by such
Participant under the Plan shall be deemed canceled, the balance of such
Participant's withholding account shall be returned to such Participant (or, in
the event of the Participant's death, to the executor or administrator of his or
her estate) and he or she shall have no further rights under the Plan.

     All Participants shall have the same rights and privileges under the Plan.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in the Plan shall confer upon any
Participant any right to continue in the employ of the Company or an Affiliate
or in any way interfere with the right of the Company or an Affiliate to
terminate the employment of the Participant at any time, with or without cause.
Transfers of employment among the Company and its Affiliates and approved leaves
of absence not exceeding 90 days shall not be considered terminations of
employment for purposes of this Plan.

     Section 14.  Certain Distributions.  In the event of the death or
termination of employment of a Participant, the discontinuance of the Plan by
the Company or the election of a Participant to withdraw from the Plan for any
reason, the Participant, or in the event of death, such deceased Participant's
designated beneficiary (or if no such beneficiary has been designated, his or
her legal representative in accordance with the applicable laws of descent and
distribution), shall have the right to elect to receive a distribution of the
shares of Common Stock being held for such Participant's account under the Plan
or the cash equivalent thereof; provided, however, that if the Committee has not
appointed a third party to serve as Administrator, the Committee may require
that the shares of Common Stock be distributed and the Participant shall not
have the right to receive the cash equivalent thereof (other than the cash
equivalent of fractional shares).

     If such Participant, beneficiary or representative elects to receive Common
Stock, all full shares being held for the Participant's account under the Plan
will be transferred to such Participant, beneficiary or representative or to his
or her order, and a certificate or certificates evidencing such shares will be
delivered as promptly as practicable, subject to the receipt by the
Administrator of documentation properly evidencing the rights and authority of
the beneficiary or representative of any deceased Participant.  Such
Participant, beneficiary or representative shall be responsible for, and shall
pay to the Administrator, any fees and charges of the transfer agent and
registrar for the Company's Common Stock in connection with the issuance of
stock certificates to or upon the order of such Participant, beneficiary or
representative pursuant to this Section.  Fractional share balances that have
been credited to the Participant will be converted into cash through sale by the
Administrator, at market price, as soon as practicable after the Participant's
termination of employment, death or withdrawal from the Plan, as the case may
be.  In the event of discontinuance of the Plan, interests in fractional shares
will be liquidated by the Administrator in a like manner and the proceeds
distributed pro rata.

     If such Participant, beneficiary or representative elects to receive cash,
all full and fractional shares being held for the Participant's account under
the Plan will be sold for such Participant, beneficiary or representative by the
Administrator in accordance with Section 11 of the Plan, subject to the receipt
by the Administrator of documentation properly evidencing the rights and
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of the beneficiary or representative of any deceased Participant. The
Participant, beneficiary or representative shall be responsible for, and shall
pay, any fees or charges of the Administrator, brokerage fees and commissions
and other charges identified with and incurred as a result of the sale.


     Section 15.  Transferability.  An Option granted under the Plan shall not
be transferable by the Participant and shall be exercisable only by the
Participant.

     Section 16.  Stock Splits or Other Changes in Common Stock; Dividends.  In
the event the Company shall effect a split of the Common Stock or declare a
dividend payable in Common Stock, or in the event the outstanding Common Stock
shall be combined into a smaller number of shares, the maximum number of shares
as to which Options may be granted under the Plan shall be increased or
decreased proportionately, and the Fair Market Value per share of Common Stock
as of the date of grant of all outstanding Options shall be adjusted, for
purposes of making the determination required by Section 8 of this Plan, in a
manner deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

     In the event of a reclassification of Common Stock not covered by the
foregoing, or in the event of a liquidation or reorganization of the Company,
including a merger, consolidation or sale of assets, the Board of Directors
shall make such adjustments, if any, as it may deem appropriate in the number,
purchase price and kind of shares that are covered by Options theretofore
granted under the Plan or that are otherwise subject to the Plan.

     Stock splits or dividends paid in shares of Common Stock that are received
by the Administrator with respect to shares held in its custody hereunder will
be allocated to the Participants in whole shares and in fractional shares to the
fourth decimal place in accordance with their interests in the shares with
respect to which the stock dividends are paid or the stock split relates.  Cash
dividends and other cash distributions received by the Administrator with
respect to the shares held in its custody hereunder shall be paid to
Participants entitled to receive the same. Share options or rights or other
property, other than shares of Common Stock, received by the Administrator as
distributions on shares held in its custody hereunder shall be distributed to
Participants or, if a Participant has so instructed the Administrator, shall be
sold by the Administrator for the accounts of such Participants, and the
Administrator shall treat the proceeds of such sales in the same manner as cash
dividends received by the Administrator on shares held in its custody hereunder;
provided that the Administrator shall not be required to sell any options,
rights or other property for which there is not an established trading market or
that the Administrator otherwise reasonably determines it will not be able to
sell without undue effort.

     The provisions of this Section shall only be applicable if, and only to the
extent that, the application thereof does not conflict with any valid
governmental statute, regulation or rule.

     Section 17.  Stockholder Rights.  Each Participant shall at all times be
the beneficial owner of all shares of Common Stock being held for his or her
account under the Plan.  The Administrator shall deliver to each Participant
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communications distributed by the Company to its stockholders. Prior to the time
the Administrator makes delivery to the Participant of the shares of Common
Stock hereunder, the Administrator will exercise all voting rights pertaining to
each Participant's pro rata share of such shares in accordance with written
directions, if any, given to the Administrator by such Participant prior to the
date fixed for such exercise; in the absence of such directions, the
Administrator will exercise such voting rights in accordance with the applicable
rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York
Stock Exchange then in effect.

     Section 18.  Statements of Account.  The Administrator shall furnish each
Participant with a statement promptly after the end of each Option Period (and
more frequently if the Board of Directors of the Company or the Committee deems
it appropriate) indicating the dollar amount invested and the number of shares
purchased during the Option Period (or such shorter period as may be specified
by the Board of Directors of the Company or the Committee), and the total number
of shares (full and fractional) credited to such Participant's account, and such
other pertinent information as the Administrator or the Committee may deem
reasonable or necessary.

     Section 19.  Amendment and Termination of the Plan.  Subject to the right
of the Board of Directors to terminate the Plan prior thereto, the Plan shall
terminate when all or substantially all of the Common Stock reserved for
purposes of the Plan has been purchased.  No Options may be granted after
termination of the Plan.  The Board of Directors may at any time suspend,
terminate, amend or modify the Plan, in whole or in part; provided, however,
that no amendment or modification of the Plan shall become effective without the
approval of such amendment or modification by the stockholders of the Company if
the Company, on the advice of counsel, determines that such stockholder approval
is necessary or desirable.  No termination or amendment of the Plan shall
adversely affect the rights of a Participant under an outstanding Option, except
with the consent of such Participant.

     Section 20.  Requirements of Law.  The granting of Options and the issuance
of Common Stock upon the exercise of an Option shall be subject to all
applicable laws, rules and regulations and to such approval by governmental
agencies as may be required.

     Section 21.  Effective Date of the Plan.  The Plan shall become effective
on September __, 1999, the date of its adoption by the Board of Directors,
provided it is approved by the Company's stockholders within 12 months of such
date.  The affirmative vote of the holders of at least a majority of the shares
of stock of the Company present and voting on the approval of the Plan at the
meeting, provided that the total number of shares voting for the proposal
represents more than 50% of the total number of shares of stock entitled to vote
at such annual meeting, shall be required to approve the Plan.  The foregoing,
however, shall not be interpreted to prevent the shareholders from acting by
written consent to approve the Plan, in accordance with law and the Company's
bylaws.  If the Plan is not so approved, the Plan shall terminate, all Options
granted hereunder shall be null and void and all shares of Common Stock
theretofore issued upon the exercise of Options under the Plan shall be deemed
canceled.  Certificates representing shares issued to or for the account of
Participants prior to stockholder approval of the Plan shall bear appropriate
legends indicating that the shares have been issued contingent upon stockholder
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not obtained. Upon such cancellation, Participants, or the Administrator if
applicable, shall promptly deliver to the Company all certificates representing
canceled shares and the Company shall promptly return to the Participants,
without interest, all funds obtained from such Participants through payroll
deductions and used for the purchase of such shares.

     Section 22.  Expenses.  Except as otherwise provided in this Plan, the
reasonable fees and charges of the Administrator and all costs of maintaining
records hereunder will be borne by the Company, in such amounts as may be agreed
by the Company and the Administrator.  The Company will pay all costs incurred
by it in connection with payroll deductions.  The Company will not make any
contributions to the Plan for the benefit of its employees (other than the
provision of shares of Common Stock for purchase at discounted prices as
provided herein).  Each Participant shall pay and shall be solely responsible
for all fees, expenses, commissions and other charges related to transactions
effected for his or her account by the Administrator, including without
limitation as provided in Sections 10, 11 and 14 hereof.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Plan has been executed this ___ day of September,
1999.

                                   LOISLAW.COM, INC.


                                   By   /s/ Kyle D. Parker
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                                        Name: Kyle D. Parker
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                                        Title: Chief Executive Officer
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