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A detailed summary of how to examine witnesses, introduce exhibits, and offer objections in a civil trial or evidentiary hearing without an attorney.  Learn how to conduct yourself in the courtroom with the same professionalism as any lawyer.

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How to conduct yourself when you are actually representing yourself in court at a trial or other evidentiary hearing. Learn how address the judge and witnesses with the same professionalism as any attorney.

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In a perfect world, everyone who needed to navigate the civil court system would be able to afford an attorney (or better yet, have one provided for free).  Unfortunately, the sad reality is that the high cost of legal services makes hiring an attorney for any kind of civil case out of reach for the vast majority of people.  In Portland, Oregon (where I practice law), the average hourly rate charged by attorneys is $324 per hour!  In February, we went over the basics of how to file a civil lawsuit.  Now, we want to cover what to do if...

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A legal glossary written for non-attorneys in an easy to understand format.

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  As we have repeatedly said, it is always a good idea to hire a lawyer whenever you need to go to court. If you can afford it, that is. Unfortunately, the high cost of attorneys makes them un-affordable to most people who need legal help. The average hourly rate to hire an attorney in the United States is now between $372 and $899 dollars per hour!!! These prices have forced the vast majority of potential litigants to represent themselves in court. How bad is it? Much worse than you think.  According to americanprogress.org: “In more than three-fourths of all...

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