How and When to Be Your Own Lawyer

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“A thorough, careful examination of the ins and outs of self-representation . . . the text is as interesting as practical.” –Library Journal

“A valuable read for every entrepreneur. Knowing the legal system will not only put you at ease, but will immensely help in making you a better and more effective client when working with an attorney.” –Entrepreneur

If you’re having problems with a business deal that’s soured, an unresponsive landlord, or the guy who totaled your car, you can turn to the courts for relief. But if you think there is only one way to proceed, think again. In this country, there is a tradition of self-help law that is as much a part of our heritage as mom, apple pie, and the American flag. It’s called pro se—legal self-representation—and it may be the answer for you.

In this, the updated second edition of How and When to Be Your Own Lawyer—one of the most successful self-help law books ever published—authors Robert Schachner and Marvin Quittner, Esq., provide the average person with a no-nonsense guide to using the American legal system. Written in plain English, How and When to Be Your Own Lawyer leads you through the maze of legal processes principles—step by step—from making a realistic appraisal of your case to collecting a judgment. It provides information on drawing up a complaint, using a law library, devising strategy, assembling evidence, filing motions, and preparing and presenting your case in court, including advice on how to deal with an opposing attorney when proceeding pro se. The authors also offer clear explanations of legal terms and historical background that helps to make sense of many puzzling aspects of the law, all highlighted by real-life case histories.

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This is a thorough, careful examination of the ins and outs of self-representation in a civil lawsuit. The authors open with a lesson on the judicial system, thereafter providing a realistic look at what to consider when deciding whether or not to proceed "pro se." Once the reader decides to go it alone, this book gives him or her the necessary law, procedures, and strategies to prepare a case and get it to court. The how-to instruction is augmented by anecdotes and historical perspective, making the text as interesting as it is practical. Well-rounded appendixes provide forms, definitions, and sample arguments. Highly recommended for public libraries.
- Joan Pedzich, Harris, Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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