How and When to Be Your Own Lawyer (Second Edition) : Provides the average person with a no-nonsense guide to using the American legal system. Written in plain English, How and When to Be Your Own Lawyer leads you through the maze of legal processes and principles - step by step - from making a realistic appraisal of your case to collecting a judgement. It provides information on drawing up a complaint, using a law library, devising strategy, assembling evidence, filing motions, and preparing and presenting your case in court, including advice on how to deal with an opposing attorney when proceeding pro se. The authors also offer clear explanations of legal terms and historical background that helps to make sense of many puzzling aspects of the law, all highlighted by real-life case histories. Whether you are pursuing an action with an attorney or pro se, this book will help you to become a better informed and more effective participant in the legal arena - and to make the most democratic justice system in the world work for you.