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In this, the newly updated second...
In this, the newly updated second edition of How and When to Be Your Own Lawyer -- one of the most successful self-help law books ever published -- authors Robert Schachner and Marvin Quittner, Esq., provide the average person with a no-nonsense guide to using the American legal system. Written in plain English, How and When to Be Your Own Lawyer leads you through the maze of legal processes and principles -- step by step -- from making a realistic appraisal of your case to collecting a judgment. It provides information on drawing up a complaint, using a law library, devising strategy, assembling evidence, filing motions, and preparing and presenting your case in court, including advice on how to deal with an opposing attorney when proceeding pro se. The authors also offer clear explanations of legal terms and historical background that helps to make sense of many puzzling aspects of the law, all highlighted by real-life case histories.
Whether you are pursuing an action with an attorney or pro se, How and When to Be Your Own Lawyer will help you to become a better informed and more effective participant in the legal arena -- and to make the most democratic justice system in the world work for you.
|Preface to the Second Edition||ix|
|Preface to the First Edition||xi|
|1.||Understanding the System||1|
|2.||Point of Decision||19|
|3.||Using a Law Library||37|
|4.||Proceeding Pro Se||63|
|5.||Stopping the Clock||89|
|9.||Safeguarding Your Claim: Documentation||135|
|14.||Mediation and Arbitration||223|
|16.||Conducting Your Trial||261|
|18.||Civil Enforcement (Collecting a Judgment)||319|
|Appendix I||Don't Get Mad, Get Even||361|
|Appendix II||Anatomy of a Final Argument||363|
|Appendix III||Hypothetical Case and Judge's Instructions to Jury||372|
|Appendix IV||Pretrial Stipulation||377|