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Create Legal Documents On Your Own
Not every legal situation requires the services of an attorney. Sometimes the situation can be resolved simply by creating and filing the proper legal forms. Sometimes the facts or details of a case are so "typical" or "common" that handling the matter on your own is simple, timely and cost-effective.
In these types of situations, DIY Legal can help.
Legal self representation applies to more than just court proceedings, too; actions like creating a Last Will and Testament, filing a Deed, writing a Lease, Incorporating a business, handling your own Divorce or filing for Bankruptcy all fall under the "pro se" category. So long as you complete the legal forms and file the paperwork without the advice or representation of a lawyer, you are acting "pro se". Pro se representation has been a valid option since the legal system was first created in this country, and is used every day by tens of thousands of average people.
WHAT TOOLS EXIST TO HELP A PERSON SELF-REPRESENT?
LEGAL FORMS SOFTWARE: Whether the self-help individual is looking to transfer real property, file for a divorce, loan money, sell property or set up a business, the use of accurate and up-to-date legal forms and documentation is essential.
Most common legal matters involve the use of some kind of standardized legal form. For years, courts and attorneys have created these standardized forms and the use of these forms has been ongoing, often without any changes in the form or document for substantial periods of time. The use of the forms by individuals who are not lawyers does not, in any way, make these forms any less valid or binding. As long as the form or document utilizes the proper language and formatting and complies with the governmental regulations with regard to content and usage, the document is effective -- even when completed and filed by a non-lawyer.
So how can the average person gain access to the types of legal forms needed for common issues like Bankruptcy, Wills, Divorce, etc. with the proper instructions included? A number of the most common "do it yourself legal forms" are available in downloadable software format from DIY Legal, at a price significantly less than the cost of hiring an attorney.