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How can I bring a lawsuit against someone without a lawyer?

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You start by filing a complaint at the court house; there is usually a fee. The complaint is paperwork stating what you allege the defendant/defendants did or did not do. Depending on the amount of controversy, this could be a small claims matter where both parties do not have attorneys. Otherwise, it will be a superior court matter.

After you file the complaint, you have a certain time to serve the defending parties and file the proof of service. Usually it's 30 days, but rules may vary depending on the court house in that jurisdiction.

As other people have stated, the judge will assume you will follow all the rules of court as an attorney might if you choose to represent yourself. This means showing up for hearings, timely motions, requests for discovery, etc.

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Yes I already went to court talked to clerk. She told me what to do & how to do it & the fees. Can I make him reimburse me my out of pocket expenses? I was just wondering if he isn't in the child's life, not on Birth Certificate. I've also got a lot of legal stuff against him in place.
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I'm not sure if you can ask for fees in family court. You'll have to look that up.
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okay thank you!
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YOu cant.

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Call the clerk of the court and ask...ask a para legal as well

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It can be done but you're at a disadvantage if they counter with an attorney. Law is the lawyer's arena, his forte. You have to know how to file motions and briefs. Judges are impatient with messy work. Small claims?

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I wouldn't step in a court house parking lot without a lawyer! lol

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You can't unless if you want to be your own lawyer but you have to have gone to school for that.

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No you don't! Ive been to court & watched people represent themselves. I know how to do the legal work. I've won other cases & saved myself thousands of dollars doing it with self-help books!
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What kind of lawsuit? Civil, criminal? Federal?

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The absent father won't comply with child support & I want to go for full custody! Can I just go Pro-Se packet & have a Pro-Bono lawyer look over my paperwork before i file it? I've got all the documents done up and ready to go.
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You go girl you will win!
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Thank you I have got a little brains up in my head. I might not have used good judgement picking the father but when it comes to legal stuff Ive found it interesting!
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You've made mistakes. Now you've learned from those mistakes! Stay strong!
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