Thinking Of Being Your Own Lawyer?
Well, people in the legal profesion will tell you
"it can't be done" "the person who represents himself has a fool for a client"
"penny wise pound foolish"
and many other similar stern warnings.
But there are many reasons people may want to represent themselves which the legal profession has scant comebacks to;
#1 The cost.
While many areas have lawyers that have very reasonable retainer/hourly fees this is not the norm in many cases and places.
$100-200-300 an hour charges are common .
Despite all the Lawyers ,they rarely compete on price like most buisinesses;
they just decline the case; which results in the interest in the topic here;
"why do people represent themselves ?"
#2 Lack of interest by lawyers in your case.
If you live long enough you will almost always run into this one.
Many Lawyers Like to keep it simple;
DUI ,Divorce, House Closings,traffic tickets. Cases like that.
They don't feel comfortabe "getting into" things that aren't cut and dried and that they haven't done before.
#3 Want to save money
#4 Small Claims
Many people's only contact with court is in small claims court.
Either as a plantif or a defendant.
Again, good luck getting a lawyer interested in a small claims case.
I think the minute you say small claims court they hear "Small Pay Court"
and lose interest.
I did find a national company that has a program for this.
I came across this company because I could not find a local lawyer interested in helping me se in small claims court
against a company that I was certain would come in with a legal team to defend itself.
I have not used them yet so I can't vouch for there service ;but it is the first such product I have seen and it minght be worth checking out.
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