Legal Consumer Education

Education Is The Equalizer
For The Pro Se

Legal consumer education levels the playing field. Informed consumers can make intelligent decisions about their own legal matters. I avoid offering legal advice. I freely give information -- every chance I get.

FALDP

Imagine consumer’s frustration upon phoning the clerk of the court to find out which form to file to accomplish their legal goal. The clerk responds, sorry we do not offer legal advice. Is the clerk truly avoiding offering legal advice? What they need is legal consumer education.

Or, imagine the dismay of the divorcing couple, instantly overwhelmed at the sight of the half inch thick packet of pro se forms. The divorce packet seems to include forms that apply to their situation; do not apply to their situation; and might apply to their situation. For the $20 just spent on the stack of forms, this couple is not much further along than before.

In these two examples do the consumers need legal advice; or do they need legal information? What they need is legal consumer education.


Proactive & Reactive Legal Consumers

Some consumers are on top of their game, and could likely correctly prepare their own forms with no assistance whatsoever. They are proactive. Many times, their struggle arises from attempting to decipher civil process and procedure; or they just want to be extra certain they don’t miss a detail. As we all know, the devil’s in the details.

Other consumers have no idea where to begin. They are reactive. They have not conducted any of their own research. They are hoping someone will fix their situation, whatever it is.


Between a Rock and a Hard Place

They would prefer to hand over everything to an attorney, but they do not have the money to do so. Some of these consumers are experiencing the phenomenon psychologists call, “learned helplessness”. They are not the best candidates for self representation. What they need is legal consumer education.

The proactive consumers have often done extensive research on their legal issue. Many have already attempted to resolve it with the aid of an attorney; but for whatever reason that attempt failed.

Other proactive consumers have successfully represented themselves in the past, and know they have a good chance of succeeding again. These consumers are the best candidates for self representation, their self confidence and attitude serve them well in reaching their legal goals.


Under-served & Forgotten Consumers

The reactive consumers need help. If they do not have access to an attorney; they have no choice, but to seek their own counsel. It isn’t easy. These individuals are often predisposed to letting others take care of things.

Many are ruled by their emotions, instead of their thoughts. They might be overly trusting, believing that others strive to always “do the right thing”; and fail to look out for their own interests.

These consumers need a push or a shove. They need to hear that if they cannot afford an attorney, then they must take care of their legal matters themselves. They need to hear that they must do their own research.

They must wade through the paperwork. They must find information to defend or solve their situation. They must take action. They must educate and inform themselves. What they need is legal consumer education.


We Can Help - Books and Document Preparation Services


Online Bookstore


We offer Self Help Legal Guides for pro se litigants. Please visit our online bookstore, we may have the information you need. We are adding new titles monthly. So far we offer:

FAMILY ADOPTION GUIDE, SECOND EDITION

CHILD SUPPORT PETITION ANSWER BOOK

MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT

YOU'VE BEEN SUED!


Document Preparation Service


We offer a document preparation service. We can help with:

DIVORCE

MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT OR CHILD CUSTODY

NAME CHANGES

DISESTABLISHMENT OF PATERNITY

STEPPARENT ADOPTION

MISCELLANEOUS FAMILY LAW DOCUMENTS

If you have questions, need a referral to a legal document preparer in your area, or anything else, please contact us through the form below or call - 800-515-0496.

If you have questions, need a referral to a legal document preparer in your area, or anything else, please contact us through the form below or call - 800-515-0496.

WE ARE NOT ATTORNEYS AND DO NOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE

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