Category Archives: Civil Procedure

Why Are Attorneys so Expensive and Do I Need One?

There is a movement for people to try and use attorneys as little as possible which is why this entire website, our videos, our podcasts, and the webinars concentrate on teaching people about the law, lawsuits, and the concepts behind

Offers of Proof – Preserving Error in Trial

Information on an Offer of Proof and preserving error can be gained by researching case law, reading the Rules of Civil Procedure or Rules of Court, and practicing. If you have never been in a trial then we suggest

Why Pro Se Parties Lose

As usual, we were prowling the internet and looking over some of the forums where people who are representing themselves gather to discuss their issues and what we found was absolutely frightening. First, a word of warning. People should be

Offers of Proof – A Lesson for Pro Se Litigants

Although any person is entitled to represent themselves in their lawsuit, unless you are going to put the time and effort into really learning the Rules of Civil Procedure (aka the Rules of Court) and the Rules of Evidence you’re

Now Available! – The Guerrilla Guide to Small Claims Court

We're pleased to announce that, after much editing and revising, the newest book in the Guerrilla Guides to the Law series is now available! The Guerrilla Guide to Small Claims Court is the one book that covers small claims court

Res Judicata and Collateral Estoppel

Res judicata and collateral estoppel are two very important legal concepts which often arise and which few pro se litigants understand. We are gradually going to add additional articles to LessonsInLaw.com on more complex and/or specific legal topics rather than

A Tip on Admitting Evidence for Trial

Evidence is one of, if not the, most difficult topics for a pro se litigant to grasp. Every day I look on the internet and see people ranting about wanting to recuse their judge because they wouldn't allow them to

What To Do When You’ve Been Sued

  We are working on our own videos for the website but until we get those done we're going to try and find some to use which we feel are adequate. Personally, I'd rather read something than watch a video

Using Exhibits with Motions and Other Paperwork

A friend mentioned he had been getting a few questions from people representing themselves in court, also known as appearing pro se or pro per, and since it is an issue that is both easy and not covered in very

The Most Important Aspect of Representing Yourself Pro Se

A common question is "what is the most important thing for someone representing themselves in court to know?" There are actually a couple of answers to that. In reality it is knowing what you don't know. In other words, don't