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More people acting as their own lawyers

Courts clog up as Americans represent themselves, even in complex cases

updated 5:28 p.m. ET, Mon., Nov. 24, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. - When Danielle Nitzel found her three-year-old marriage drawing its last breath in 2004, she couldn't afford the minimum of $1,000 she was told she would need to hire a divorce lawyer.

So she did what more and more Americans are doing: She represented herself in court.

Full story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27894755/

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Also, a majority of states have amended their attorney ethics rules to promote a growing practice known as "unbundling," in which a lawyer handles just part of a contract, lawsuit, divorce or other litigation for a small fee, rather than taking on the entire case.

The ethics rules have been changed to make it clear that lawyers can do this without being held responsible for the entire case. That can ease their fears of being sued for malpractice.

I actually think this is wonderful. You can get help with what you need and handle what you can.

As to the rest of the article, I'd say that somebody who goes into his child custody hearing with no legal knowledge at all and without a lawyer, is kind of a dumbass. But then there are those who just truly can't afford it.

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