Representing Yourself Ill Advised

Representing Yourself Ill Advised

lady justice When you want to bring someone to court and get what is owed to you, you should always seek legal representation. Even licensed litigators should seek legal counsel other than their own. In the words of one wise man “A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client.” –AL

The average citizen without a juris doctorate is not advised to represent themselves for obvious reasons. Most without a JD whom represent themselves are not adequately trained nor experienced in litigation. They will not have enough familiarity in the field with all the nuances involved with winning a lawsuit, nor the needed communication and argumentation skills.

Lawsuits are tricky. Even if they appear an open and shut case, with all the evidence needed to support your side of the story, simple procedural errors mean the difference between submissible evidence and what the judge will throw out. For example, many civilians aren’t aware both sides of litigation in lawsuit have to share any evidence they may have. Moreover, many don’t even know what constitutes as submissible evidence.

Then there are such procedural requirements, such as how to make objections and how to enter evidence.

Even licensed litigators aren’t the most qualified to represent themselves. It’s imperative to seek counsel from a lawyer with interests outside of your own because objectivity is the rule of law. Approaching a case in which you have vested interest is the very definition of subjectivity. A plaintiff with any degree of bias will have an obstructed perspective on the issues at hand.

There are so many moving parts to a lawsuit. So many components can lose you a lawsuit almost immediately. If you ever decide to sue someone in a court of law, seeking professional counsel is always your best course of action, no matter the situation. Leave litigation to the experts.


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