Court of Appeals Hands Homeowners a Win

Another win for the little guy!! Maybe the average guy is finally getting a break. Or maybe the courts have just decided that there must be some limits on the incredible greed and lust for money by the big banks. In any case, following a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the rules as well as the mood …

Bankruptcy Thoughts and Consideration

As always, the government paints a rosy picture of the economy. They tell us for example that jobs are being added and that the unemployment rate has dropped. What they don’t mention is that the rate they use does not take into account everyone really out of work. There are huge numbers of unemployed that have just given up. There …

Bankruptcy Chapter 20 – Alive and Well!!

In his book ‘1984’ Orwell talks about the government doublespeak and how it manifests itself even in the naming of government agencies. He reflects that the Ministry of Love (Minilove) is actually the oppressive state secret police,  The Ministry of Knowledge, the propaganda outlet, etc. The United States government often follows this trend for some reason in naming pieces of …

Be Your Own Lawyer Offers a Varied Menu

After the last post, I had several people email me with questions about what exactly Be Your Own Lawyer can or will do to help people represent themselves. At first reading I’m thinking  … “Dude did you read the website at all?” Then I thought about it and realized it was really a very good question. After all, we tell …

What does it take to represent yourself in court?

Can you really do it all by yourself? The answer to the first question is that it takes a lot of research and information.  The answer to the second question is yes, but do you really want to reinvent the wheel? It’s a lot easier if you let someone help you! Walking into a courtroom by yourself requires that you …

Is it OK to Represent Yourself in Court?

Last month I talked about the issue in terms of “Can you Represent Yourself?”  In response, I got some response in the form of questions, that leaned more toward the question of “Is OK to represent myself?” It was actually a little disturbing to read some of the questions, because they suggested that people were intimidated by the judicial and …

What Does it Cost to Be Your Own Lawyer?

A lot of the people that contact us want to know what it will cost for Be Your Own Lawyer to do work, or how much they can expect to spend until they have finished their case. The answer is that usually, we just don’t know. We’re not dodging the question. If we knew for sure how much time we …

When You Shouldn’t Try to Represent Yourself

In the last post I talked about the general question of whether or not you should consider being your own lawyer – whether you could really represent yourself in court or otherwise. In that post I referred to the fact that there were some cases where is was not appropriate. I’d like to talk a little more about that today. …

Can You Represent Yourself?

The big question people ask is if it really is possible to represent yourself in legal matters. Of course it is!! Does that mean you can be your own lawyer in every case? Just as emphatically, of course not. You would not want to try being your own lawyer if you were on trial for a criminal matter. If you …

Welcome to Be Your Own Lawyer Bog!

What we hope here is to provide you with some thoughts and insights on legal matters in general, talk about the pros and cons of representing yourself in legal matters, and because life is drab without a little fun, take a few pokes now and then at the legal system as it exists in America today. Since this is the …