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Old 11-11-2014, 02:37 PM
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now the question of all questions:

SC is done, assignment court in January for trial.....

really, what about self-representing from now on? Doable, or do you need five brains to do so? Common sense? Lots of reading? How much super professional are you expected to be during trial if you didn't study it? Is the paper work doable? How can you learn that all?
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Old 11-14-2014, 05:12 PM
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The question that has been asked many times. Use advanced search on this forum and theres every suggestion possible. I am currently seeing lawyers for free consultations, going to court watching the cases and reading the book by Michael G. Cochrane called survivingyour divorce a guide to canadian family law. The whole book is interesting and there is a chapter on how to self rep
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:00 PM
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And again, there is a member of this board, WorkingDad who was a self rep and very successful. Read his threads and posts.
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:07 PM
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Do not take it for granted, however, that because WorkingDad did it well, that everyone can.

Every judgement that has been issued about that guy says that he is one of, if not the most prepared self rep that judge has ever seen.

Lawyers make time to watch him in court.

He is the exception, not the rule.

By all means self rep but know that it is incredibly hard work!
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:14 PM
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Do not take it for granted, however, that because WorkingDad did it well, that everyone can.

Every judgement that has been issued about that guy says that he is one of, if not the most prepared self rep that judge has ever seen.

Lawyers make time to watch him in court.

He is the exception, not the rule.

By all means self rep but know that it is incredibly hard work!
Couldn't say it better myself! Yes, he is an exception. The amount of time (he said on this forum) he spent preparing, the volume of material he studied, a picture of a suitcase with the docs he took to court with him for a 17-days trial (he posted it here) - OMG is overwhelming. I have no idea how he did it. WOW!!!
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:50 AM
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I've self-represented and been better off than with my idiot ex-lawyer, even though I failed on somethings the appeal judges (maybe just to butter me up) said that I delivered my arguments well and it wasn't due to being self-represented that I didn't succeed. I do a tonne of research that I am pretty unemotional except when I need to deliver false outrage... I think most people could self-represent as long as they had a lawyer to consult and maybe a 20hr training class after that it is all arguementation and case law research skills - having access to a law library is good too and some of the special software they use.

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Old 11-15-2014, 01:00 AM
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Did you rep yourself through trial?

I repped myself too but I got my ass kicked on loadsa things because the lawyer buried me in maneuvering.

Repping yourself through conferences has its own pros and cons.
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Old 11-15-2014, 09:00 AM
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No but i laid out the gameplan and where my lawyer followed it we won... Where he didnt do what i asked we got screwed.

I also defended against contempt and the judge specifically used my arguements in his judgement and they agreed to the inclusion of some without prejudice discussions as evidence and it buried them.

What kind of maneuvering?
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Old 11-15-2014, 09:03 AM
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My ex's lawyer tries to bully me and scam me though but i basically tell the judge and while she doesn't get reprimanded i normally win out in procedural matters.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:08 PM
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Accidentally found this:

What to do if you need a lawyer but can't afford one
https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/blogs/p...4180.html?vp=1
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