If you represent yourself you are still required to be competent of the law, legal procedures and courtroom procedures. You will have to file all the necessary paperwork and fill out the forms that are required.
Hiring a Lawyer
Hiring a lawyer is a personal decision. It is important that you obtain a lawyer that you feel comfortable with and that can best represent your needs. The St. Joseph Bar Association has a Legal Referral Service that can be a helpful source of information when trying to find a lawyer that is right for you.
Those who are indigent or without adequate means to procure a lawyer may qualify for pro bono representation through District 2 Pro Bono Legal Services.