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Explains how to handle a contested court case from start to finish without a lawyer. Covers gathering and analyzing evidence, determining whether there is a valid case, choosing a jury, questioning witnesses, introducting documentary evidence, cross-examining the opponent, and more. Good in all 50 states. Illus.
Posted December 3, 2000
My sole purpose for buying this book was to help me represent myself in gaining custody of my two youngest children, as their mother, due to lack of finances to be able to afford a lawyer. This book was more geared toward criminal defence. This book is easy to read and formatted well. Each chapter and section is laid out for easy reference, including helpful hints scattered throughout to familiarize you with the workings of a court room. The authors did an excellent job of trying to convince the reader to understand that lay people can do just as good a job (or better) as any lawyer. They also try to give you clues as how to relax and be confident in yourself. However, the section (20/37-38) on Child Custody was very disapointingly short, and it was too general and vague as to what is appropriate and what is helpful in a winning child custody case. Over all, I learned much from the book, but I thought it would have more information pertaining specifically to Family Law.
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