How To Effectively Self – litigate:
Court rooms may not favor self litigants. There are many reasons for that, the biggest one of which is a consistent lack of preparations on the part of self – litigant and unfamiliarity with the court rules and procedures.
My favorite tips to all self – litigants are:
- Explore and research your case and the applicable law
- Make sure you are at the right jurisdiction
- Organize and prepare in logical order all your papers
- Make sure you have all key issues and you disclosed all
- Dress appropriately, speak logically, don’t get emotional
Many of my clients have been through self-litigation whether they wanted it that way, could not afford the attorney or the case was not significant enough to actually get an attorney, but personal enough and important for my clients to pursue it. I am a big advocate of famous sentence – Mediate, don’t litigate. Alternative Dispute Resolution that includes Mediation services can be very helpful. I provide private meditation services in a neutral environment to help you settle your disputes with another party before it goes to trial or hearing. In the event that trial or hearing is unavoidable and you have decided to handle the matter on your own, I can help you prepare with documents and court procedures. MY BEST suggestion is – do your homework! Though you may need some hand holding, when prepared, you can litigate your own case.
Recommended Reading: Represent Yourself In Court, published by NOLO