It’s not that hard to keep your case on its feet. Even when the law and facts aren’t on your side, you don’t have to lose by knockout. Hear these cries for help from your case, and take its advice to get back in the ring and fight.
Let’s not kid ourselves. Our courts are made for lawyers and they’re resistant to change. But pro se litigants can and should do better with our cases. Case Manager can help.
The difference between a legal argument and your personal opinion is legal authority. Whether statute, procedural rule or appellate case, you win by backing your position with some law. Here’s the story of how a legal aid lawyer helped stop my eviction by sharing an appellate case.
Despite progress, it’s hard to put a positive spin on this year’s Justice Index, the annual state ranking on access to justice. This data means we cannot rely on the legal profession to solve the crisis. Those of us who represent ourselves must help the courts change in ways that meet our needs.
Not every self-represented litigant needs a Case Manager. But when you’re in real litigation — in a knock-down drag-out fight for something valuable — you need to get up to speed, get people to help, and get it together. Tools, training, and community: that’s Case Manager.
You’ll likely fall back on your TV knowledge the first time you get sued. It won’t be long before you realize you’re out of your depth. You’ll feel confused, overwhelmed and desperate. But once you get your emotions under control, there are really only three things you need to do.
When you represent yourself in court a second or third time, there are some things you know for sure. Early decisions on strategy are helpful. Good legal research will come in handy. Staying organized is critical. And time is of the essence. You need a case management solution designed for pro se litigants.
The last thing you feel like doing after you discover you’re being sued is to figure out what to do. We’ve done the work for you. Starting with doing nothing for at least a day to get your emotions in check, here are 9 things to do when you have been served with a civil complaint. These steps are geared toward gaining the time you need to level the playing field and prepare a proper defense.
Legal advice websites are everywhere, and we make good use of them. But lawyers can’t tell pro se litigants how to win in court. They can only tell us how THEY win in court. We’re forced to play by a different set of rules.
Only experienced pro se litigants can teach others how a pro se litigant fights and wins. So the next time a lawyer promises to teach you how to win in court, ask when they last appeared before a judge without a law degree.
The first thing most self represented litigants need to do is to unlearn some untruths. No, the judge is not there to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong. The judge is only there as a referee while the two sides duke it out. Too often, we think we know what we need to know, but […]