Good morning everyone! One of the most common questions an attorney receives is ironically, do I need a lawyer? Can I do this on my own is another frequently asked question. When you are facing any kind of court case or litigation, the answer to both those questions is yes. Most cases you can represent yourself as a “pro se” litigant. This simply means that you do not have an attorney. While you are not required to have an attorney for your case, when you represent yourself you are expected to know the laws that apply to your case and the procedures that are followed in your specific type of case.
Now, most people that are not attorneys have a limited knowledge of what their case entails, but it is often the training and insight that only a good attorney can bring to your case that allows your case to be presented in the best possible way. It is always best to consult with an attorney when you are facing legal issues. Think of it in terms of your car. When your car breaks down and needs a new timing belt, even though you know what is wrong with it most people would never attempt to fix it themselves. You know what the problem is, perhaps have a clear understanding of the issue and may even know the steps that need to be taken to fix it. This being said, you would probably not try to fix it yourself. The majority of people would not even consider a “home fix” for something that complicated. Unless of course you are a mechanic! The law is similar in this regard. While you know what you want and hope to accomplish, the results you want are best achieved when left to a professional.
So, the moral of today’s story is YES! Yes you can represent yourself but why would you risk it? The law can be tricky and convoluted. Retaining an attorney gives you the advantage in your legal case and can make more of a difference than you can imagine. So feel free to give us a call and let us help you through your legal issues. And stayed tuned!!!!