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Nov 08, 2013

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In this hyper-litigious world, scrapes with the law are inevitable. There are codes and statutes for everything under the sun, and violating them, often unintentionally, is commonplace. As a result, at some point or another you’ll find yourself either considering hiring an attorney, or opposed by one.

Sometimes there are two attorneys involved, with one on each side, and other times there are no lawyers involved.

The contents of this article, while not legal advice and intended for informational and educational purposes only, is most relevant to situations where you would like to defend yourself without the aid of attorney against the opposing party’s attorney. This dynamic is most common in minor civil cases such as landlord/tenant disputes, traffic violations, credit card issues, and other such matters.

Although I haven’t taken a poll, suffice it to say that most people are not comfortable dealing with attorneys. All too often, whether it’s your own attorney or the opposing party’s attorney, the relationship ends up costing you dearly.

Well, I’m here to tell you that the news isn’t all gloom and doom. If handled with proper aplomb, acting as your own attorney may not only prove to be empowering but (dare I say) fun, if you keep these 6 effective, field-tested guidelines in mind:

  1. Know Your Statutes and Codes
  2. Learn the Basics of Contract Law
  3. Practice Conditional Acceptance
  4. When Given an Order, Present a Bill
  5. Avoid the Temptation to Create Controversy
  6. Be Fearless

Try to keep in mind that there’s nothing like the real world for kicking the tires on these babies. These guidelines have proven helpful to me on more than one occasion, but it did take a fair amount of trial and error. If you’re not willing to learn on the job, this path may not be for you.

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