Up against a pro se litigant, an experienced attorney can do litigation jiu-jitsu. They can use civil procedure to knock you out early and move on to the next hapless pro se litigant. In some cases, they can fell ten, twenty, even fifty pro se litigants in one day with the help of civil procedure. Don’t let this happen to you.
Don’t you hate it when the opposing lawyer sends you a court order he wrote himself and got the judge to sign? Now you can do the same. Writing a proposed order is easy; getting a judge to sign it is the hard part. But it can be done with a few facts and the right law.
The only excuse for dying with $80 million and no will is that you’re under 35 and the parachute didn’t open at 1,000 feet. Aretha Franklin had no excuse. And it’s none of your business. Just don’t let this happen to you and those you leave to grieve.
Don’t let a default judgment kill your defense. Whether a default was intentional or unintentional, challenging it is worth a try in any jurisdiction. Just bring along your evidence.
If you had the right tools to succeed in court on your own, you’d file the right documents at the right time, effectively argue your case, and cite appropriate laws. You’d respect but not cower to judges and lawyers, have knowledge and a strategy to implement, use terms like prima facie, subject matter jurisdiction, and res judicata properly, take charge of your case, and fight with confidence.
Litigation can at times feel like a race, especially in the early stages. What you do at any given time can be the difference between finishing first and losing it all. So, when there’s an opportunity, seize it. Winning on failure to prosecute is one of those cool showers after a hard run kinda wins. Don’t miss the experience when the opportunity arises.
A detective, a prosecutor and a judge teamed up to frame and imprison Isaac Wright, Jr. No doubt it was the worst mistake of their lives. He showed them how the law should work, and then became a lawyer to help others do the same. His story is a lesson in dragon slaying.
When you’ve been sued and can’t afford a lawyer, you don’t want to simply roll over. Still, how do you respond? What do you file? What cases do you need? Unfortunately, there’s no magic wand to bring you the key cases for your set of facts. But, there is a way you can find them on your own. That’s kinda like magic.
To be fair, some lawyers are doing good work to deliver access to justice for all. But the profession as a whole is not. That’s not surprising when you consider the first duty of a lawyer is to fight for a client’s interest above the interests of others.
A lawyer is not in charge of your pro se case. You are. In fact, reluctance to take charge can land you in deep muck when you don’t object at the right time. This is the lesson learned by a hapless divorced man who pays dearly for not objecting to objectionable interrogatories.