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How and When to be Your Own Lawyer: A Step-by-step Guide to Effectively Using Our Legal System Paperback – 27 Apr 2000


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Publishing Group Inc.,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (27 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895299984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895299987
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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responsibility of establishing a system that mirrored the system codified in the Magna Carta, including the all-important concept of due process. However, unlike England, which had five different types of professionals involved in the practice of law (barristers, attorneys, solicitors, notaries, and scriveners), the colonies were short of professionals. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
Very well put together. Worth buying if you would like to become a lawyer or you are in a situation that you are thinking of being your own lawyer. This is the best book to have.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An ethical advocate for the service of Justice and search for truth 30 July 2006
By Mohamed F. El-Hewie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In comparison to Paul Bergman's legendry book "Represent Yourself In Court: How to Prepare & Try a Winning Case", this one is a legendary rival of a different flavor. The author entrusts his genuine instincts and writes as an advocate for the underdogs, needy, and less powerful in face of unfair, expensive, and complex system of justice. Unfairness stems from the persons in charge of delivering justice. The Author uses Judge Brian Duff as an example for personal effect on the service of justice.

Despite the critiques on the poor organization and trivial inaccuracies in the book, it serves as an informal, casual, and benign display of information that is easy to read and assimilate while time sneaks by. (Bergman book's strict organization renders its reading laboriously time demanding). Once every few pages, the author interjects the highlighted concepts in full-page tables.

The author convincingly achieves his goal that reason and logic could triumph if supported by simple know-how. In many of his anecdotes about litigants betrayed by incompetent counsels, the author makes the reader senses his insider's frustration with his own profession. He contends that his book was driven by the dilemma of the legal profession of: whether lawyers should be in it for self-enrichment or moral conduct?

It might be quite demanding to retrieve information from the book if you are in a hurry for a court appearance, since the book lacks clear and unified template. However, if you enjoy reading for relaxing and focusing on deep thoughts and strategies, this book has it. For example, it stresses on slow talking in clear and systematic manner in many effective ways. Slow, slow, and slow talking in front of the court is highly stressed for reporting and logical reasons of trying evidence and appeal. It then addresses the issue of not repeating evidence unless there is a specific need other than rehearsing it.

The author alerts the self representatives of the perils of objection to adversaries and explains reasonable situations when objection is a plus. He then stresses on the fact that the self-representative should realize that both the judge and the jury have mere cursory knowledge of the lawsuit at hand which requires the pro se not to assume any previous knowledge and to lay the foundation form beginning to end in logical fashion.

Ethos, pathos, and logos of Aristotle describe the elements of his closing arguments. Those are summarized as attitude of orator, his passion and emotion, and finally his logical analysis in summing up his case to the court. He emphasizes understatement and simple common sense as effective tools to abstract truth from a complexly intermingling situation.

The author addresses the science part of trying legal suits and left the art part to the reader to labor at. His strategies of searching for the truth extend far beyond material evidence to moral character, personal credibility, and evidence's relevance and credibility. He then devises a strategy of seeking the truth along all those dimensions of evidence.

Mohamed F. El-Hewie
Author of
Essentials of Weightlifting and Strength Training
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Valuable, but not my first choice 28 Feb. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Its probably 3 1/2 stars, but apparently, you need to do whole numbers. I read this book, and it definitely contains some good information on doing your own lawyering. However, i found that it was not terribly well organized, and I often got bogged down in some parts. It also left me with a number of open questions.
I guess if anyone is seriously going to do their own lawyering (which i intend to do), he will likely have to read more than one book on the matter anyway. I am glad i read this book, but imagine it could have been better.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
THIS BOOK IS SIMPLY OUTSTANDING !!!!! 18 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
TO ALL AMAZON READERS CONSIDERING THIS PARTICULAR BOOK !!! GO
AHEAD AND BUY IT; THE AUTHOR DOES AN ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT
JOB WITH THE SUBJECT MATTER... HIS WRITING IS VERY EASY TO
UNDERSTAND, BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT IS VERY, VERY, PROFESSIONAL, WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO PULL OFF !!! THE ONLY ADDITION I WOULD RECOMMEND WOULD BE A SAMPLE LETTER OF THE CIVIL COMPLAINT LETTER GOING TO THE CLERK OF COURTS; BUT THAT'S A RELATIVELY MINOR THING; JUST CHECK UNDER CIVIL COMPLAINT LETTERS ON THE INTERNET, THERE ARE MANY SITES OFFERING SAMPLES OF THESE LETTERS FROM DIFFERENT STATES...THE AUTHOR COVERS ALL THE IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF CONDUCTING A CIVIL CASE YOURSELF & IS HANDY READING EVEN IF YOU "DO" INTEND TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY...WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL COULD "NOT" FIND ANYONE TO
REPRESENT HIM AGAINST THE SHERIFF OF BROWARD COUNTY, SO HIS ONLY RECOURSE WAS TO SUE HIMSELF...WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT A DIAMOND RING CAME UP MISSING WHILE THE SHERIFF'S DEPT. SEARCHED HIS BOAT ??? MR. SCHACHNER WAS EVENTUALLY SUCCESSFUL IN EXPOSING THE CORRUPTION AND IT'S A GOOD THING TOO.... IT IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA FOR ""ANY"" BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO HAVE TOO MUCH POWER IN WHATEVER AREA OF THEIR JURISDICTION... ""NOW"" FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I SEE WHY WE MUST HAVE LAWYERS --IT KEEPS THE BALANCE OF POWER IN CHECK...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very informative 18 Jan. 2013
By Susan Light - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
To read and not put too much into it. A lot to take in but gives you a clear picture of how and when to step up.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
GREAT BOOK 9 Feb. 2007
By Robin Smyth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A fantastic book that gives you the ins and outs of being your own lawyer. Highly recommended.
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