In our practice, we get this question a lot: “Can’t I just do all this myself?”
When you act as your own legal representative, it’s called Pro Se and yes, you are within your legal rights to do so. However, in many cases, navigating the system and the paperwork involved can be a daunting task. The law is complicated. If you are unfamiliar with the Courts, filing, setting dates, and entering motions, charting a course through your case can be overwhelming. Most commonly, the reason people wish to represent themselves Pro Se is to save money by not hiring an attorney. What some people don’t realize is that the Court still charges for filing, documentation, service of process, and other associated fees. You may save money by acting Pro Se, but you’ll be spending more in time at the courthouse, learning the system, and with trial and error. Family law can be especially confusing and acting Pro Se may even COST you more in the long run. If you have assets being divided in a separation or divorce, not having an advocate fighting for your rights and property could lead to the loss of income, property, and even time with your children.
Hiring an attorney can save you from the hassle and frustration of navigating an unfamiliar Court system. If you need advice on how to start your case and you’re interested in legal representation for your case, please call us at the Wright Reneau Law Firm to set up a consultation.