We wrote a little about going pro se—representing yourself—in our FAQs, but this recent article in the Los Angeles Times got us thinking about the issue even more.
There’s no question that the current economic climate makes representing oneself look very appealing, but the risks are daunting. In a criminal case you could face fines, a criminal record, probation, and even jail time. Civil court could spell financial disaster, or the loss of important rights and privileges.
But realistically we know some folks are going to give it the old college try, anyway. For you intrepid aspiring lawyers, here are some valuable resources…
- Some Free Case Law
- Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
- A Nice Guide for the Pro Se Litigant
- Free Forms: text only, they charge to download a pdf or word copy.
- Law School in a Box: Only useful for a laugh…
Remember folks, at the end of the day there’s no substitute for having a lawyer of your own. And as always, our blog postings are not legal advice, nor do they constitute an attorney-client relationship!