Information out of Downey, CA:
With legal fees this high and unaffordable for some people it is not surprising that about 80 percent of people in California represent themselves in civil family law cases — such as divorce, custody and domestic violence cases — according to the Self-Represented Litigation Network. In San Diego alone, the number of divorce filings involving at least one person not represented by a lawyer rose from 46 percent in 1992 to 77 percent in 2000.
The result also leaves the Courts absolutely inundated with people who do not understand the procedures.
In an effort to protect people’s rights while keeping costs reasonable, unbundled or limited scope representation may offer a solution for some. Lopez addresses the need for communication, clear and direct communication between the client and the attorney.
The article is well worth reading, especially for us South Carolinians.