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How to be your own attorney as a pro se litigant

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If you have a civil legal dispute to pursue, take these seven steps and you will be well on your way to resolution:

  1. Obtain Legal Self Help tools to guide you.

    You will require legal coaching to equip you with the tools to become your own attorney. This resource will provide you with an ample arsenal. https://lawsuitanalysis.com/help/legal-analysis-and-more-for-pro-se-litigants/

      Plaintiff searching with a magnifying glass for the right defendants to sue in civil court for thier judgement collection to be the most sucessful.

  2. Get a legal evaluation.

    Legal evaluation of your case is a must.  This resource gives you something better than free legal advice.  With it you get a comprehensive case analysis and a feasibility rating.  https://lawsuitanalysis.com/help/legal-aid-and-more-for-pro-se-litigants/ Image of Comprehensive Case Analysis results that give you a detailed assessment of you legal case

  3. Determine how much your case is worth.

    Lawsuit Analyzer determines gross, recoverable, and net damages so you can decide if it is financially worth it to pursue your case.  https://LawsuitAnalysis.com/help/calculate-damages-in-a-lawsuit? describes the process.

    Person with bags of money awarded in small claims court as a pro se litigant because they researched their adversary’s assets before they sued someone

  4. Determine where and when to file your claim.

    The statute of limitations, jurisdiction, and venue can be quite challenging to evaluate. Lawsuit Analyzer decides this for you. https://lawsuitanalysis.com/help/where-when-to-file-your-lawsuit/ pro se litigant studies board for jurisdiction, venue and the statute of limitations

  5. Is Small Claims available for your claim?

    Lawsuit Analyzer determines whether Small Claims court is available to you by matching up your damages with the Small Claims Court in your state.  https://lawsuitanalysis.com/help/how-to-successfully-sue-someone-in-small-claims-court/ the pro se litigant does well in Small Claims Court

  6. If Small Court is not your forum, go to Alternative Dispute Resolution.

    It’s worth it to both you and your opponent to do everything you can to agree to ADR. Alternative Dispute Resolution requires a written agreement as this free resource describes, https://lawsuitanalysis.com/help/what-is-alternative-dispute-resolution/ Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provides many ways to find a solution to a legal dispute.

  7. Enter the upper civil courts if the above steps do not apply.

    It is a risky venture for a pro se litigant to access the superior courts. This resource will help you move in another direction or enter at your own risk with tools to guide you through. https://lawsuitanalysis.com/help/how-to-sue-someone-in-superior-court/ Judge in civil superior court gavel in hand rendering his decision after plaintiff finished suing someone which can be even more difficult for the pro se litigant.


Is Pro Se Representation for you?

Is Pro Se representation for you? How do you sue someone when you’re not an attorney? How do you undertake the legal analysis required to evaluate your case? Can you take your dispute to Small Claims Court? What is alternative dispute resolution? Would the mediation process work for your dispute? We have 5 steps to put you in the driver’s seat:

We’ll give you 5 steps to give you the tools to answer these questions and represent yourself:/

    1. THE LEGAL SYSTEM HAS EMBRACED THE PRO SE LITIGANT. The Coronavirus Pandemic was just the thing that caused the legal system to transform. When the attorneys, judges, parties, and witnesses can’t be in one another’s presence, something big had to give.
      In the door came Zoom and other tools for self-represented parties who had difficulty maneuvering in complex systems requiring personal appearance and sophisticated choreography. Not only has ADR put legal solution in the grasp of the legal DIYer, but the courts are doing it big time! Let’s take a closer look at the Pro Se Litigant’s new toolchest.





    1. LEGAL ANALYSIS IS NOW AVAILABLE. The missing piece for the self-represented used to be legal analysis. No longer is this the case as we have become a Do-It-Yourself country. There are now several platforms, the most prominent being Lawsuit Analyzer, that will take you through the all-important legal evaluation process.
      Online platforms (such as Freelancer, fiverr, upwork, justanswer) have paralegals and attorneys you can consult within a matter of moments for a reasonable fee. It’s almost like receiving free legal advice.





    1. MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION NOW CATERS TO SELF REPRESENTATION. Alternative Dispute Resolution platforms got a big boost during the Pandemic making these forums more available to the Pro Se. Once you convince your adversary that it is in both of your interests to avoid the costly, adversarial court system, there are many ways to customize your ADR proceedings.
      ADR is nothing like the court system where you must follow rigid rules. In ADR you and your adversary can set the stage for your dispute by choosing to be self-represented, limit the hearing duration, limit discovery, the hearing will be online or document-only, and much more.





    1. SMALL CLAIMS COURT IS BUILT FOR THE PRO SE LITIGANT.  Self-representation is the concept behind Small Claims courts nationwide. Some states do not even allow attorney representation.  It’s a quick and easy process that allows your dispute to be decided in a couple of months. This Small Claims Court resource will give you the necessary tools to forge ahead with your legal case.





    1. ONLINE CASE PREP AND FILING. Suing someone has become more of a click of your keyboard as online portals have emerged for the Pro Se Litigant to prepare, file and serve their Claims. Some portals, such as Guide and File even have interviews to guide you through the process.
      Even online hearings popularized in ADR are beginning to emerge in the Small Claims Courts, removing both the intimidation and inconvenience factors associated with in-person hearings and scary courtroom atmosphere.





    1. LEGAL SELF-HELP PORTALS. Nationwide most courts have now set up online portals rich with resources, including legal research, for the Pro Se Litigant to understand and follow legal protocol. California’s website is one of many. Small Claims Courts often have free Small Claims advisors to guide the self-represented parties, both plaintiff and defendant.




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