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Represent Yourself In Court:
How to Prepare & Try a Winning Case

by Paul Bergman, Sara J. Berman-Barrett

ISBN 1413303692 / 9781413303698 / 1-4133-0369-2
Publisher NOLO
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Book summary

Prepare and present a winning civil court case!

Written in plain English, Represent Yourself in Court breaks down the trial process into easy-to-understand steps so that you can act as your own lawyer -- safely and efficiently. Find out what to say, how to say it, even where to stand when you address the judge and jury.

Armed with these simple but thorough instructions, you'll be well prepared to achieve good results, without the cost of an attorney. Find out how to:

*file court papers

*handle depositions and interrogatories

*comply with courtroom procedures

*pick a jury

*prepare your evidence and line up witnesses

*present your opening statement and closing argument

*cross-examine hostile witnesses

*understand and apply rules of evidence

*locate, hire and effectively use expert witnesses

*make and respond to your opponent's objections

*get limited help from an attorney as needed

*monitor the work of an attorney if you decide to hire one

Whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant, this book will help you confidently handle a divorce, personal injury case, landlord/tenant dispute, breach of contract, small business dispute or any other civil lawsuit.

The 5th edition is completely updated to include the latest rules and court procedures, and more sample documents to help guide you through your case.

Table of Contents

1. Going It Alone in Court

2. The Courthouse and the Courtroom

3. Starting Your Case

4. Pretrial Procedures

5. Investigating Your Case

6. Settlement

7. Pretrial Motions

8. Proving Your Case at Trial: The Plaintiff's Perspective

9. Proving Your Case at Trial: The Defendant's Perspective

10. Selecting the Decision Maker

11. Opening Statement

12. Direct Examination

13. Cross-Examination

14. Closing Argument

15. Exhibits

16. Basic Rules of Evidence

17. Making and Responding to Objections

18. Organizing a Trial Notebook

19. Expert Witnesses

20. When Your Trial Ends: Judgments and Appeals

21. Representing Yourself in Divorce Court

22. Representing Yourself in Bankruptcy Court

23. Getting Help From an Attorney: Hiring a Legal Coach


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