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Q: How should a pro se appellant refer to himself in a legal memorandum? In the third person? or is that silly?

The following sentences feel like a contrived attempt at legalese by a wannabe-lawyer. If I refer to myself as "I" or to me and my wife as "we" would that be better or worse than "the tenant-appellant-defendants" or Mr and Mrs Q? I'm self-conscious of my pro se status and want some lawyers feedback. Thanks

"Comes now the defendant-tenant-appellant, Mr. Q, who thru himself, the undersigned, appeals from the judgment of the court below in case # (the trial transcript of which has been included) and asks the following questions and seeks such and such relief..."

"For the aforesaid reasons, the defendant-tenant-appellant requests that the judgment be vacated or reversed."

"As shown by the above-excerpted transcript and exhibits #1 and #2 entered by plaintiff-landlord's atty, Mr. W, Esquire, the notice to vacate not only did not comply with applicable law, but actually gave the Mr. & Mrs. Q until _/_/_ to vacate which was the day after the trial and had yet to expire."

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Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot
  • Appeals & Appellate Lawyer
  • Deltona, FL

A: Mr. and Mrs. sounds better doesn't it?

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