Representing yourself is easy…as long as there is a script and a producer. A real court; however, is NOT ‘as seen on TV.’ It is not the Jerry Springer Show or Judge Judy, and a real court case can take longer than the 43 minutes of a TV episode.
Do-it-yourself is great for raising a Chia pet, but in a legal matter, you can go in there, mess up the presentation of your case, and put yourself in a position where no one is able to fix it. Res Judicata means that when a case is decided, it is decided (an attorney cannot help you after final judgment). Online legal forms may save you attorney fees…and cost you your case.
The more you know, the less stress you have about the unknown. Seek competent legal counsel to learn what choices you may have and to review the legal process of your case.
If you think you cannot afford an attorney, contact your local Legal Aid office. Even if you do not qualify for Legal Aid, they have a lot of pamphlets you may find helpful. The Legal Aid website is http://www.jaxlegalaid.org/stjohns.html.