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Represent Yourself in Court: How to Prepare & Try a Winning Case (Represent Yourself in Court)
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Prepare and present a winning civil court case!
Sometimes it makes sense to handle a court case without an attorney. Learn about acting as your own lawyer in Nolo's easy-to-use, plain-English guide, Represent Yourself in Court.
This book breaks down the trial process into easy-to-understand steps so that you can act as your own lawyer — safely and efficiently. Find out what to say, how to say it — even where to stand when you address the judge and jury. Get details on how to:
- file court papers
- handle depositions and interrogatories
- comply with courtroom procedures
- pick a jury
- prepare your evidence and line up witnesses
- present your opening statement and closing argument
- cross-examine hostile witnesses
- understand and apply rules of evidence
- locate, hire and effectively use expert witnesses
- make and respond to your opponent's objections
- get limited help from an attorney as needed
- monitor the work of an attorney if you decide to hire one
Whether you're a plaintiff or a defendant, this book will help you confidently handle a divorce, personal injury case, landlord/tenant dispute, breach of contract, small business dispute, or any other civil lawsuit.
The 7th edition has been revised with the latest rules and court procedures, and includes updated information on electronic discovery rules and fax filing procedures. Plus, you'll get enhanced materials on court assistance for pro per litigants and an expanded discussion of self-representation in bankruptcy court.
Book News Annotation:
Bergman (law, UCLA) and Berman, an attorney, writer, and bar review professor at Concord Law School, explain how to represent oneself as a plaintiff or defendant in court in a bankruptcy, divorce, landlord-tenant dispute, breach of contract case, small business dispute, or other civil lawsuit. Criminal cases are not covered. They describe the entire process from preparation to appeal and how to comply with courtroom procedures, with two chapters on specialized proceedings for divorce and family law and information for debtors and creditors in bankruptcy cases. This edition has been updated to incorporate the most recent rules and procedures. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Here's the low-down on how to handle a civil court case from start to finish. Readers learn how to: analyze the legitimacy of a case, make an opening statement, line up persuasive witnesses, present testimony in court, cross-examine opponents, pick a jury. For people dealing with a personal injury claim, a landlord-tenant dispute, a small business scrape or any of the dozens of other possible legal muddles, this book points the way through the complex court system. Includes a chapter dealing with the specifics of handling a divorce, child custody or child support action.
Table of Contents
1. Going It Alone in Court
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