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.
So she did what more and more Americans are doing: She represented herself in court.
“I looked online and just tried to figure out how to write out the paperwork,” said Nitzel, a nursing student who at the time had little money and a pile of education loans. “I think it cost us $100 to file it ourselves.”
The number of people serving as their own lawyers is on the rise across the country, and the cases are no longer limited to child custody cases, potentially devastating lawsuits and bankruptcies are representing themselves, legal experts say.and small claims. Even people embroiled in
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