Fire Your Attorney

If you want to represent yourself in court and you have an attorney now, the first step is to “fire” your attorney.  That’s fun to say, but if it can be amicable, that’s best.  If you have a good relationship with the attorney, simply tell him or her that you’ve decided to represent yourself.  Explain why.  It may be as simple as you can’t afford an attorney.

The first thing I did when I began representing myself in court was to fire my attorney.  I believe he would have stopped representing me if I hadn’t fired him because he was unwilling to risk his career by battling a corrupt judge.  An attorney won’t risk his or her career pursuing an action against judges.  They know the judges are likely to get revenge.  I contacted many attorneys in an effort to find one to represent me, but no one would.

To fire your attorney, simply insist that he or she file a motion to withdraw as well as a consent to the withdrawal.

Then file a notice with the clerk of the court providing your contact information — name, address, fax, telephone, and email.  You do this because one of your responsibilities is to always keep the court informed of your current contact information.

This gives the court a record of who to contact for anything regarding the case.  A letter should be more than sufficient, but call the Clerk of the Court and ask.  Mail a copy to the other party’s attorney.  If the other party is not represented by counsel, send a copy of the letter directly to the party.

You can obtain a fax through a service called efax.com.  This will enable legal faxes to come to your email to be seen only by you.  I also obtained a Post Office Box for the legal mail so all the legal mail wouldn’t come to my home.  I also used a telephone number that rang only to me.  I did these things to insulate the family from exposure to the unpleasantries of litigation.  My ex would be upset just by seeing a piece of legal mail, and you will get a lot of legal mail.

If you have to hire an attorney to represent you in court, I suggest that you go to the biggest law firm in town.  I believe the biggest firms will have “special relationships” with judges that may allow them to win.

The courts have a “just us” system that favors rich people and members of the legal club (judges, who are attorneys, and the attorneys who practice before them.

Bill Windsor