Many times, people have valid bases for lawsuits. However, they are afraid that they will not be allowed to file the claim without a lawyer. As a result, there are many concerns over paying attorney fees and these keep some from filing these claims. The ultimate result is that the legal wrong may go unaddressed and the person who was wronged may go uncompensated. This article will discuss filing a lawsuit without a lawyer.
Filing Your Lawsuit
Once you know what kind of case you have you will need to prepare your documents and file your lawsuit. You can obtain forms for your lawsuit from either the clerk of court or local law libraries. However, this is not always the case.
Legal aid groups may be able to assist you in some of the following areas:
- completing your paperwork,
- evaluating your claims and
- give you advice on what to file and where to file and
- how much your filing fees will be
When your paperwork is complete and ready you will need to do the following:
- file it with the clerk of court
- pay a filing fee,
- arrange to have a copy of the lawsuit and summons served on the other party.
If you can’t afford the filing fees you can usually apply for indigent status and ask for a waiver fees.
After this, certain deadlines are triggered. As a result, you will need to stay on top of these deadlines or your case may be dismissed. The discovery process will allow you to investigate your case and obtain evidence to support your claims. Eventually you will need to prepare your case for trial. If you find the pre-trial procedures difficult then trial will be even more complicated rules and procedures. And these rules and procedures apply all at once. However, preparation is key.
For legal advice and representation in a personal injury lawsuit contact the Vinson Law Office today.