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How and when to be your own lawyer
Schachner, Robert W.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Garden City Park, N.Y. : Avery Pub. Group, [1999]

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xiv, 416 pages ; 23 cm
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KF8841 .S32 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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One of the most successful self-help law books ever published, with step-by-step advice.

Author Notes

Robert W. Schachner studied at Carnegie-Mellon University and Duquesne University Journalism School. He is a music producer and consultant to Lyra Productions/America Inc. with responsibility for all product development for Gateway Recordings, Who's Who in Jazz, and New Age Music record labels, among others. Mr. Schachner is the author of The Official Scrabble Word Finder (Macmillan, 1999) and Lost Words in the English Language (Bob Adams, Inc., 1989). He is also a weekly columnist for the Independent newspaper in Key Largo, Florida
Marvin Quittner, Esq., is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the College of Law at the University of Florida. He became a member of the Florida Bar in 1970 and first practiced law in Miami. There, he coproduced and moderated a public service television program entitled The World at Law for the Dade County Bar Association, and became a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court in the Southern District of Florida. Over the years he has had broad experience in many areas of state and federal litigation. He currently resides near Fort Lauderdale with his wife, Shelley

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Library Journal Review

This is a thorough, careful examination of the ins and outs of self-representation in a civil lawsuit. The authors open with a lesson on the judicial system, thereafter providing a realistic look at what to consider when deciding whether or not to proceed ``pro se.'' Once the reader decides to go it alone, this book gives him or her the necessary law, procedures, and strategies to prepare a case and get it to court. The how-to instruction is augmented by anecdotes and historical perspective, making the text as interesting as it is practical. Well-rounded appendixes provide forms, definitions, and sample arguments. Highly recommended for public libraries.-- Joan Pedzich, Harris, Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. xi
1. Understanding the Systemp. 1
2. Point of Decisionp. 19
3. Using a Law Libraryp. 37
4. Proceeding Pro Sep. 63
5. Stopping the Clockp. 89
6. The Kickoffp. 97
7. Discoveryp. 107
8. Defensive Strategyp. 119
9. Safeguarding Your Claim: Documentationp. 135
10. Evidencep. 147
11. Offensive Actionp. 171
12. Damagesp. 189
13. Settlement Strategyp. 207
14. Mediation and Arbitrationp. 223
15. Pretrial Proceduresp. 245
16. Conducting Your Trialp. 261
17. Reconsideration--Appealsp. 293
18. Civil Enforcement (Collecting a Judgment)p. 319
19. Summationp. 335
Appendix I Don't Get Mad, Get Evenp. 361
Appendix II Anatomy of a Final Argumentp. 363
Appendix III Hypothetical Case and Judge's Instructions to Juryp. 372
Appendix IV Pretrial Stipulationp. 377
Appendix V Resourcesp. 378
Glossaryp. 383
Referencesp. 395
Indexp. 399