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WHERE CAN I GO FOR INFORMATION FOR DISSOLUTION, LEGAL SEPARATION?

WHERE CAN I GO FOR INFORMATION ON PROBATE, GUARDIANSHIP, CONSERVATORSHIP, AND UNLAWFUL DETAINERS?

WHERE CAN I GO FOR LEGAL FORMS?

HOW CAN I LOCATE A LAWYER?

TIPS FOR REPRESENTING YOURSELF IN COURT:

 

WHERE CAN I GO FOR INFORMATION FOR DISSOLUTION, LEGAL SEPARATION?

1. Contact a lawyer:

Check the general alphabetical listing and specialty listing in your local telephone book. Some lawyers offer free initial consultation.2. California Courts Online Self-Help Center:

Contact the California Courts Online Self-Help Center: www.courtinfo.ca.gov

3. Do-It-Yourself Publications:

Do-It-Yourself Dissolution, Legal Separation, Nullity publications available for purchase at bookstores or can be reviewed at the public library.

4. Mariposa Superior Court Self Help Center:

Mariposa Superior Court Court Self Help Center.

WHERE CAN I GO FOR INFORMATION ON PROBATE, GUARDIANSHIP, CONSERVATORSHIP, AND UNLAWFUL DETAINERS?

1. Contact a lawyer:

Check the general alphabetical listing and specialty listing in your local telephone book. Some lawyers offer free initial consultation.

2. California Courts Online Self-Help Center:

Contact the California Courts Online Self-Help Center at www.courtinfo.ca.gov


3. Do-It-Yourself Publications:

Do-It-Yourself Probate, Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Unlawful Detainer publications for purchase at bookstores or can be reviewed at the public library.

4. Conservator Handbook.

A Conservator Handbook can be purchased at the Mariposa Superior Court Clerk's office for $20.00

WHERE CAN I GO FOR LEGAL FORMS?

Uniform Forms, adopted for use throughout the State of California by the Administrative Office of the Courts, Judicial Council, are available:

1. On-line Judicial Council Forms:

Available on-line at www.courtinfo.ca.gov/forms

2. Form Packets:

Form packets available for purchase at the Superior Court of California, County of Mariposa Clerk's office or other courts.

3. Do-It-Yourself workbooks:

Do-It-Yoruself workbooks contain forms and can be purchased at bookstores or viewed at the Public Library.

HOW CAN I LOCATE A LAWYER?

Check the general alphabetical listing and specialty listing in your local telephone book. Some lawyers offer free initial consultation.

TIPS FOR REPRESENTING YOURSELF IN COURT:

Dress the way you want to be treated: professionally. Shorts, tanks tops, and bare feet are not allowed in the courtroom. Do not chew gum. Silence pagers and cell phones.

Be on time! Be seated in the courtroom with your documents [bring at least 3 copies] and your witnesses at least 10 minutes before court is scheduled to begin. Check the calendar – make sure you are in the right courtroom. Sit quietly in the courtroom, until your case is called.

Be prepared! Be ready to tell the judge what you what you want to happen that day and why. Be brief and talk about the most important things first. Make an outline to stay organized. Bring a pen and paper for notes. Organize your documents and evidence before coming to court.

Talk only to the judge. Do not argue with or interrupt the judge, the other party, or attorney. Each side will be given an opportunity to be heard.

Keep your comments positive and respectful. Do not engage in name-calling or make demeaning comments. Do not get emotionally upset or become physically or verbally threatening. If you need a break, ask the judge for a recess.

Behave professionally. Do not slam pens, papers, or doors. Do not laugh, sigh loudly, or make faces. The judge will be observing and behavior impacts credibility.

NEVER lie to a judge, even if you are not under oath. Do not try to misrepresent the facts of your case or misstate the law.

Do not try to talk to the judge about your case unless the other party or attorney is present. The judge legally cannot talk to you alone.

Do not bring young children into the courtroom. If your child cries loudly or cannot sit still, the bailiff will ask you and your child to leave.

Remember that everyone is human and can have a bad day. Do not take negative comments personally. Reply to legal and factual issues.

Attend a court hearing before your court date so you know what to expect.

 


   
 
 
   
     

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