Q: What would be the right way to go about filing an appeal in a mental health case where I have not been served?
I have a dispute with my family, they gained access to money under my name and then had me mentally committed where now they are smearing my name in court proceedings to the point where a judge is providing a waiver of service for me to attend these proceedings. According to the multitude of laws I have read I have a right to a jury trial and a right to cross examine witnesses, this is not happening because of the filth they are saying about me. So how do I go about filing an appeal of that decision? In my eyes it seems as though I would have a number of legal avenues to pursue after it has been revealed that numerous filings have been false and that statements are being elicited from people that have received something in exchange for their statements. Basically I want to appeal that decision, file a motion to vacate on the mental health record, and then pursue a civil complaint for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud but I don't know what to file or where to file it.
A: The stakes are for too high for you to act as your own lawyer in this case. I admire your spirit, but the time has come for you to hire a lawyer. Bring him or her the research you've done, but by all means hire a lawyer. Don't risk your freedom (financial and otherwise) by trying to do it yourself. Hire a lawyer. Do it immediately.
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