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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 6 months ago

To US Lawyers, can lawyers file court papers for a civil lawsuit, but have the defendant represent themselves in court? They want to.?

Is this done? Why or Why Not?

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  • 6 months ago

    They could, as dumb as that sounds.

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  • 6 months ago

    They CAN, but no respectable lawyer WILL.

    The reason is that if the party person is CAPABLE of representing themself in court, filing the papers themselves is the EASY part.

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  • 6 months ago

    A lawyer can file a complaint or petition. The defendant can then choose te represent himself or not.

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  • 6 months ago

    If you only want a lawyer to draft and file a petition you could enter into a contract defining the scope of the work. After the petition is filed the lawyer would be done, and you would represent yourself. Keep in mind that the petition is just the beginning of a lawsuit. There's discovery, motions, often mediation, and sometimes a trial.

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  • 6 months ago

    Yes, it is possible. But any decent lawyer will advice against it.

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