If asked, most pro se litigants would probably say that a legal argument before a judge is an intimidating, confusing pain in the butt. Others might call it powerful and rewarding. Nonetheless, a legal argument must be endured if you’re to save your house, get custody of your children, and so on. It should be crafted to persuade a judge to rule in your favor.
Elements of a claim or defense are the most important building blocks of a case. They’re the engine in a train, the heat in boiling water, the lemons in lemonade, the zip in a zipper! In litigation, elements are everything that make up a case. Ignore them at your peril.
While the job of a motion is to persuade a judge to rule in your favor on a single issue, the purpose of writing a pleading is to make allegations of fact clear to both the court and the opposing party. Following these writing tips, will help you make those points more effectively.
Expect your first court hearing to be the beginning of a lengthy process involving multiple hearings and heaps of paperwork! When you know what to expect for it, your anxiety level will go down. It may not disappear, but it’ll decrease. So, for your own peace of mind, prepare yourself well for the first hearing and the rest will be so much easier. Here’s what you need to know before heading in.
Though you can’t go through a clerk’s files and pull documents to edit them, you can correct the record by using amendments and supplements. They essentially let you make a mistake and correct it later without harming your case. So, never feel as if you’re stuck with something you wrote. If it’s inaccurate, add something that corrects it.
Handling a divorce pro se is challenging, especially if you’re not clear about what to expect during the process. These tips will help you increase your chances of getting the desired outcome and getting what you deserve.
Far too often pro se litigants lose cases where they should win–all because of problems writing a motion. This should never happen, but it does. These tips will give you a better likelihood of succeeding, especially in cases where you have the law, the facts, or both on your side.
When it comes to custody proceedings, preparation drives the results. You want to persuade the judge that you deserve custody. Pivotal to your success is making a strong case with research, attitude, and behavior so you have the best chance of being the one still standing at the end of the day.
For legal and ethical reasons, judges, court clerks, and other court staff go out of their way to be impartial. That’s because they can’t appear to be providing legal advice or favoring one party over the other. So, they seem standoffish or unhelpful. That’s their outward showing of impartiality. By law, it has to be that way. Don’t take it personally.
There are options for delaying or avoiding foreclosure, including fighting in court to the bitter end, working with the bank or mortgage company to modify a loan or get a deed in lieu, or filing for bankruptcy. Of these, bankruptcy is the only really sure bet. You file a federal bankruptcy suit and the state foreclosure process comes to a screeching halt. Before doing that, make sure it’s what you want.