Three Very Good Reasons Not To Self-Represent In Your Civil Suit

black-and-white-1117367_640It’s exactly what you were afraid of – you’re getting sued. Steeling yourself for the inevitable headaches to come, you start doing your research. You read some law books. Look at past court cases similar to yours. Study the case that’s been presented against you.

Eventually, you form a pretty decent understanding of what’s going on – of how the court works, and how you might plead your case. Since you’ve already done the legwork, why spend on a lawyer at all? Why not represent yourself?

Simple – it’s one of the most foolish things you can do. In a court case, you want every advantage you can get. If you’re going in alone, and your opponent’s lawyered up?

That’s one advantage they have and you don’t. That isn’t the only reason self-representing is a bad call, either. There are several others.

You Probably Have No Experience In The Court Of Law

Reading a few books in a library is one thing – representing yourself before a court is another entirely. It’s like the difference between reading a book on firearms versus actually going to the shooting range. Sure, you might know a lot of stuff about how everything works, but you don’t have the experience to apply that knowledge. You likely haven’t represented yourself before, and even if you have, you’ve not been involved in as many court cases as a career lawyer.

…And Even if You Do, You Don’t Know As Much As A Lawyer

Speaking of lawyers, there’s a reason law degrees take several years to get, no matter what field you go into. Certainly, you can learn a few ins and outs of the legal system with a month or so of research, but that’s not going to beat an actual education at a college or university. Regardless of how much research you’ve done, it’s highly unlikely you know more than a lawyer (and if you do, you should probably find another lawyer).

It Clogs Up The Court System

Lastly, when you represent yourself, it introduces unnecessary delays and complications into what might otherwise be a smooth, seamless process. A lawyer has the capacity to step back and look at a court case from a neutral perspective. You, on the other hand, might be too close to a civil suit to make a logical decision about it – you might be too passionate about the situation to properly negotiate on your own behalf.

Closing Thoughts

While you certainly can self-represent, I’d not recommend it. You want every advantage you can have – and to eliminate every weakness you can. Lawyering up is an important step in that.

And if money’s a concern, contact Bormaster Law. Consultations are free, and you don’t pay a dime unless you win. We’re interested in helping you – not taking your wallet.