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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…





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Catch ‘Em by Surprise

I'm going to veer from the more substantive posts I've been doing lately to discuss a trial tactic that is particularly applicable with pro se litigants (people representing themselves in lawsuits). And although I always…





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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…


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Small Claims Court Lawsuits

With the decline in the economy and the rising cost of attorney's fees, many people are choosing to represent themselves and using the small claims court system in their state rather than going through the…