Some lawyers are afraid to buck against the system.
Here's what I mean.
Within every county, there are various levels of procedure to go through to get your paperwork read and heard. Only one set of those procedures really applies to the case you're working on.
If you've taken the legal course, you already know how to find what is what and where and when and how of what you need to do next with your case. You also learned how to find everything on the books that is applicable to your particular situation. Therefore, you also found every legal strategy currently available to you in your jurisdiction for your situation.
Knowing what you know now, you're not afraid to possibly exercise each option at the appropriate time.
You may know it. You're lawyer may know it. But does the court "prefer" it?
A lawyer who's been working in that jurisdiction for years may not even consider one or more of the options that's available to you. Why?
One lawyer literally said to me, "That's not how things are typically done in this county. The court doesn't prefer that method."
Being a Technical Writer, I pounced on the word "prefer". "It's not preferred? As in this other option I found is available under law, but it's not preferred, as in it's inconvenient to the court, so they won't even look at it?"
"It's just now how it's typically done here," she said.
The conversation quickly devolved as I realized I would not be offered an option that could have rectified the case simply because it wasn't convenient for that particular court.
Later, I would realize that she didn't navigate through that option because things would have been bad for her later on.
As an attorney-at-law, lawyers are required to put the needs of the court before the needs of a client whenever the needs of the client and the needs of the court come into conflict.
If she had brought forth the legal option at that time causing inconvenience to the court, she would have been "punished" in other ways by the court systems.
Not with actual legal action per se, but with inter-office politics.
She would have been branded a trouble maker and things like paperwork delays would have increased for her.
Knowing what I know now, I can have a tiny bit of compassion for her in that moment. She didn't explain any of this, of course. It would take me two years to figure it out on my own.
She's not the only one afraid to buck the system.
If you're not a lawyer and you're representing yourself, you don't have be constrained by requirement of putting the needs of the court first, out of the preference of the court.
You don't have to be afraid of exercising any and all of your legal rights within the court processes.
You are free to exercise the one option that may resolve your conflict.
Don't you deserve to learn what these options are and how to exercise them?
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