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.
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 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.
For many pro se litigants, court decisions can be a confusing array of pitfalls and ragged corners. This is especially true when a simple statement or subtle procedural move on your part could have saved your case. So, if you want the best chance to get it right the first time, be aware of these pitfalls your average lawyer won’t experience.
The Motion to Dismiss and the Motion for Summary Judgment both present a chance to end your case, but similarities between the two are few. Arguing one when you should be arguing the other could hand you a loss in court. So know your motion and understand the differences between it and a similar motion.
What deadline did the court set in its order requiring the parties to complete discovery? When is your appellate brief or notice of appeal due when you’ve lost your case? Questions like these are answered by the clerk of court, not the judge. It’s rendition time.
On the heels of a major victory in federal court, Brian Vukadinovich has learned enough to write a manual for the pro se plaintiff. This short but comprehensive manual is filled with helpful tips on the entire process of bringing a lawsuit to trial, and winning it. Is it difficult to represent yourself in court? Yes. Is it doable with the right preparation? Absolutely!
Everyone has a favorite lawyer joke. Strange how the punch line always hinges on a lawyer’s lack of ethics. My greatest of all time is the engineer who goes to hell.
There’s no need for panic when you’re served with a summary judgment motion. Usually the lawyer on the other side just wants to bully you into a bad settlement. You can bet one of these five approaches will give you solid grounds for opposing it.
The clerk has given you a court ordered form to be completed before your court date. Why can’t you just fill out the form and show up for court? Because that form is not designed for real litigation. It’s designed to help your judge clear the docket at the lowest cost in the fastest time. But your case deserves better than that. Your case deserves Courtroom5.