The Self-Help Legal Center
of SearchLaw offers access to resources for those persons who desire to
represent themselves in certain legal matters. The volume of Self-representation
varies from State to State, with self-help being widely accepted in some
States and highly discouraged in others. Common matters of self-representation
include uncontested divorce, probate and routine legal matters.
Resources used by persons seeking
self-help vary from complex legal research to simple legal forms.
Regardless of the degree of self-help representation you should always
be reminded to seek the advice of an attorney for serious legal matters.
Resources for Self-Help include basically
all legal resources linked in the SearchLaw site. Some of the most
common areas used for self-help may be the following:
Forms - Routine legal matters may be handled by selection of the proper
form. The most common mistake here is selecting a non-state specific
form and using it in a State in which it does not meet the legal requirements
for that State. SearchLaw has teamed with the Premiere Legal Forms
site on the Internet to provide you with State Specific forms in many areas.
Laws - The Federal Court system has done an excellent job of providing
valuable data on the Internet to assist. Opinions, rules and guides
are available at certain sites.
Courts - Some State Courts provide self-help legal resources to a certain
degree. They also provide access to Court Rules and Opinions.
Statutes - All States have provided access to statutes, legislative
bills and other resources.