Representing Yourself – Pro Se
A “pro se litigant” is a person who has decided against hiring a lawyer in favor of self represention in a court case.
There are many reasons that a person chooses to represent themselves in court. But the question is, should they?
In most cases you can represent yourself in court. But, there are times when it would not be in your best interest.
While you have the right to represent yourself in court, you should not expect any special treatment, help, or attention from the court. You must still comply with the Rules of the Court, even if you are not familiar with them.
We frequently receive phone calls from people who have represented themselves in a court case and are now needing help to correct a problem they have created or have gotten themselves into. Often we cannot help them as courts generally do not back up and revisit matters already decided, and the times when we can help them, what would have costed only a few hundred dollars had they come to us in the beginning now costs a lot more.
The court system can be confusing and it is a good idea to get a lawyer if you can. If you cannot afford a lawyer, or would like to represent yourself, we may be able to still assist you on some level or another.
Unbundled legal services – Limited Scope Legal Assistance
The terms “unbundled legal services,” “limited scope legal assistance,” and “a la carte legal services” all mean the same thing: that a lawyer assists clients with only those legal services that the clients want and specifically engage the lawyer to do. For a fee, you can get things done right and have our expert help in just the matters you wish.
- We can review documents that you or someone else has prepared and give you legal advice regarding the same;
- We can prepare certain types of legal documents for you (example: complaint, discovery, stipulations, findings of fact and conclusions of law, and decrees/orders);
- We can provide case and issue analysis for you;
- We can help you prepare for mediation and/or attend mediation with you; and
- There are many other ways we may be able to assist you on a limited scope basis.
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Divorce – Representing Yourself – Pro Se
Jason F. Barnes
There are many reasons that a person chooses to represent themselves in court. But the question is, should they? In most cases you can represent yourself in court. But, there are times when it would not be in your best interest.
By Jason F. Barnes