Pro se is Latin for ‘for oneself’ thus literally meaning ‘on behalf of oneself’. Unlike criminal cases where the government appoints legal representation for those who can’t afford a lawyer, parties in civil cases don’t have that privilege. Thus, if you go pro se, be prepared to see it to completion.
Pro se litigants who make big mistakes lose badly and quickly. This is most often due to lack of knowledge, but judicial bias and lawyer tricks add another layer of peril. To stay alive, avoid these 6 mistakes that could cost you your case.
So many articles, blogs and blog comments by lawyers bemoan the presence of self-represented litigants in court. Let’s take a look at the other side. As American citizens who want to represent themselves in court, pro se litigants often have to cope with supercilious lawyers. Maybe arrogant, disdainful or smug behavior from lawyers stems from law school […]