Q: Do I have the right to represent my self in a civil suit .

Just to start before I get a lawyer I want to represent myself and get treated as an attorney, which I will and act upon. I want to obtain records and video from a hospital, a state counseling organization, and a state probation and parole center, this includes all records and vvideo I am involved in and all records that have anything with my name in it. Do I have the right to do that without paying like lawyers do.

1 Lawyer Answer
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: You have the right to represent yourself, but unless you comply with the local court rules, rules of civil procedure, and relevant statutes, you will quickly find the experience to be a frustrating one. It might cost you more in the long run not to have hired a good attorney at the outset.

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