The new legal aid: Do it yourself

  • Article by: DAVID CHANEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 19, 2010 - 10:32 PM

In bad economic times, public law libraries boom with visitors needing legal advice. Do-it-yourself legal work has become the way, from bankruptcy filings to fighting an eviction.

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reggie12Apr. 19, 1011:16 PM

Could this be the first step in reducing the need for so many lawyers and legal fees for fairly simple procedures and hearings? I hope so. No offense to my lawyer friends (I am close with a handful), but legal hourly fees are far beyond the intelligence of 95% of the lawyers who charge them. They make plumbers appear grossly underpaid (no offense to my plumber friends of course!).

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joycen62Apr. 19, 1011:58 PM

Simple issues can be done by the individual. The second it gets complicated, get a lawyer. Upon complication, you are stepping into a private country club golf course for the first time. If you don't think you need a caddy, who knows the course, you will get beat. Don't use the electric cart, hire a caddy.

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Yellow_BeltApr. 20, 1012:10 AM

If you try and fail to fix your faucet, you can just call the plumber. If you try and fail to stop your house from being foreclosed - no lawyer, no matter how much you pay him, is going to be able help you.

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blumoon86Apr. 20, 1012:21 AM

I have done it twice in a child support case,once with my older son and few years later with the younger son and to this day they are so glad that I did,I should also mention that she did have a Attorney representing her,the day of of the hearing was scary part.just because I did not want to get stuck in traffic or a accident,but once I got in the court room I was fine,because I was fighting for the right reason.... and I will write to the judge soon and thank him for doing the right thing.My kids are 22 and 19 now.Good luck to anyone that wants to go this route.The funning thing is that her Attorney followed me down the stair case trying strike a deal with me and I would not talk to him,I said nothing.

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kastawayApr. 20, 1012:42 AM

You can always as for a continueance.

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blumoon86Apr. 20, 10 1:12 AM

pro se, or self-representation,I meant to say Sole Physical Custody which is a big difference.

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trajan1226Apr. 20, 10 2:17 AM

Ah, finally...Change ANYONE can believe in!

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lithrayApr. 20, 10 2:39 AM

If you miss one i or don't cross one t you are screwed.

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prosecraigApr. 20, 10 3:05 AM

For the past 20 plus years I have been an advocate for the right to self representation in Minnesota. See State v. Seifert 423 NW2d 368 (MN 1988). After living outside of MN for the past 7 years, and returning. The whole judicial process in MN including most of the judges are doing exacting what Chief Justice Sandy Keith said, that pro se litigation should be discouraged not encouraged. That goal has been accomplished. The clerks in most counties treat the indigent pro se citizen with willful indifference. The exception to that is Hennepin, and Anoka counties. Olmsted County is the worst. For most part, the older judges like Kevin Burke, Mike Fetch, David Duffy, Tim Blakely just to name a few treat the pro se litigant with respect and fairness. Judges that are biased against the pro se litigant are many, and are good at giving you the appearance of fairness while bending you over the table. The ones that are just rude and unfair, Judge Debra Jacobson (Olmsted) William Bibus (Goodhue) Marilyn Rosenbaum (Hennepin). Those are at the top of the list. Next, MN has a misdemeanor court that is nothing more than a procedure to take money from its citizens. At the first appearance if you ask for a trial they place your name at the end of the court calendar and call you last. The purpose is to pressure you to pay by making you miss more time away from work. The collateral consequences of a misdemeanor conviction have increased significantly. Unless you are on welfare forget about a appointment of a lawyer in misdemeanor court. The legal forms and instructions on the judicial web site explain the process one way, and then when filing the pleadings with the clerk you are told another way. Once you get familiar with the web site materials and forms, they change the arrangement of the web page content. And, precedent case law, the foundation of our legal system. Forget about, the Supreme Court just makes a rule to circumvent the case law. See Seifert supra, and Criminal Rule 28.05. Now, if you don’t believe me. I will debate these issues and the facts that support what I say to anyone who wants some evidence to back up what I say. That includes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In Minnesota you’re innocent until broke. Craig T. Seifert www/ctseifertprose@hotmail.com

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kastawayApr. 20, 10 4:55 AM

Preach on!!!!

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