There are a lot of times that a Do It Yourself (DIY) approach is a good idea. After all, you can search YouTube and the rest of the Internet for a step-by-step guide to just about anything. Learning to do your own oil change for your car? Patching a hole in the drywall? Building a chicken coop? The Internet has you covered. In the process, you can take pride in your work and also save money. The same cannot be said of taking a DIY approach to a lawsuit.
If you feel that you have been harmed as a result of the conduct of a business, or you have been approached with a settlement offer from a business, you need to speak with an attorney before you take any action on your own. Here are some reasons you should speak to an attorney before taking a DIY approach to the law:
- Lawyers have years of experience in this area of law and are required to keep updated as the law changes. The state of California has highly specific consumer protection laws and decades of case law from state and federal courts that attorneys spend their careers learning. A lawyer can consider the specific facts of your case and provide you personalized analysis based on their knowledge of the law. You will be provided with the guidance and choices to make informed decisions.
- Businesses have attorneys, so should you. If you are representing yourself in a lawsuit, and the other side has an attorney, you could find yourself seriously disadvantaged. This is because their lawyer has no duty to take it easy on you. In fact, they may pile on to send a message to other people.
- The David vs. Goliath factor. When it comes to consumer protection law, there is usually a massive power difference between the consumer and the business that harmed them. For example, DeVry is valued at over $2 billion and can spend whatever it wants to defend itself against lawsuits. In contrast, many students that relied on DeVry's advertising went into deep student loan debt and have trouble making ends meet. A tough, fearless lawyer who knows the law can help balance those odds.
- While you are entitled to represent yourself pro se, judges quickly become frustrated when you demonstrate that you are unfamiliar with the rules of court and the rules of evidence.
- California courts have very strict rules as to what must be contained in legal pleadings, rules of procedure, and rules of evidence. There are also highly specific time deadlines that you must comply with. Failure to comply with these strict rules can result in losing your case and losing the ability to bring the lawsuit again in the future.
You Need an Attorney
At Moss Bollinger, we have a reputation of fighting businesses to protect our clients' legal rights. We charge no up front fees for our services and are only paid if you get paid. If you have been a student at DeVry in the last ten years, you may be entitled to money. You may not be aware that even if you received relief from DeVry through the $100 million FTC settlement, you may still be entitled to more. DeVry has lawyers, and so should you. Contact Moss Bollinger today at 800-249-1175 for a free consultation or reach us online.