Monday, August 31, 2015

How To Represent Yourself As A Litigant-In-Person

If two entities or individuals are entangled in a legal disagreement and do not afford hiring a full time lawyer, then don’t feel miserable. You can represent yourself whether your case is worth a hefty amount or not. For complicated cases, referring to a solicitor is a wise option. For most routine things, you have to be the in charge.

10 Simple Tips That Make You A Winner

1. Problem Identification
Summarize the main facts of your case. Look for answers to What, Who, Where, Why and How analyze the situation. Examining you own circumstances with reference to financial and private situation. Consider how significant is the problem and what is needed to solve it.

2. Look around the legal help available for you
There has been a large hue and cry regarding the reduction in state funding in the press. Therefore, entitling yourself to legal support is worth it. Even if denied, there are other ways to get free lawful advice and representation. If you can afford, then set aside a budget for professional advice or seek help on drafting legal documents necessary for adequate representation.

3. Avoid lawsuits if possible
Pursuing one case against another is often time taking, stressful and costly.  It’s better to consider alternative avenues rather than suing someone.

4. Do not go against legal system
Rules are present everywhere. Without these rules, a society will not function smoothly and it will become difficult to safeguard the rights of the citizens. So you must not fight the law at any cost, instead follow it blindly as any unwanted obstacle can cause fury and frustration among people.

5. Be objective and avoid emotions
Your disagreements might have occurred because you think you were mistreated or betrayed by someone. Your resentment may trigger your anger but despite it all you must try to remain cool headed. Be painstakingly honest to yourself.

6. Acquire knowledge on law pertinent to your case
Educating yourself on laws pertaining to a specific case will help you through most hurdles.

7. Participate in intermediation sessions
Even plaintiffs who have strong and convincing cases with sufficient evidence to validate their claims should engage in arbitration to reach at a mutually agreeable solution with the opponent. Read up on negotiation guidelines and use those to escalate your self-confidence.

8. Learn all relevant protocols and rules relating to your claim.
If there is no choice but to pursue your case in the court then make sure you are accustomed to the pre-action rules, protocol and procedures. These are easily available online.

9. Be systematic
Keep all documents in a neat and organized folder. Keep a journal of appointments, deadlines and directions given by the judge.

10. Present yourself in a calm controlled manner at the court
Do not lose your temperament or talk negatively about your opponent or judge at any time. Acquaint yourself with court decorum and dress adequately. Avoid misrepresentation of facts. Clarity of your statement and presenting yourself in a dignified manner is essential. So collect your facts and march up the courtroom!

About the Author
Fergus Dai gives her expert opinion on dealing with a dispute as a litigant-In-Person. Her experience is very useful for those going through legal disagreements. For further information, consult DJP Solicitors.

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