For many people, the word “private investigator” triggers images of fictional characters involved in high speed chases through large cities. They routinely have guns pulled on them. They investigate murders and find the perpetrators. Fictional private investigators rescue kidnap victims or may themselves be kidnapped. They get thrown out of places (sometimes physically). Real life private investigators aren’t so adventuresome. Yet, they can provide critical information for your case. And if you need help representing yourself in civil court, it’s time to join Courtroom5.
Elements of a claim or defense are the most important building blocks of a case. They’re the engine in a train, the heat in boiling water, the lemons in lemonade, the zip in a zipper! In litigation, elements are everything that make up a case. Ignore them at your peril.
Too often, a pro se litigant starts looking for help only when served with a summary judgment motion by the opposing party’s lawyer. It’s the worst possible time to learn the necessary legal skills, but it need not be fatal to your case. Here are the key steps to take in defeating summary judgment.
When you represent yourself in court, there are many things to worry about the day before trial. But if you haven’t prepared for trial at this point, it’s probably too late. Here’s a strategy for planning the trial as soon as your case begins. It’s the best way to get a good night’s sleep on the eve of trial.