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Many people choose to go pro se (or "pro per") to avoid costly attorney fees, however, in many jurisdictions, pro se is mandatory for small claims cases involving monetary disputes, like property damages or car accidents.

Pro se has its advantages and disadvantages. Some pro se litigants save time and money, but many lack the legal training and experience to successfully prove their case.  If you are in need of legal help, you can create legal documents yourself for preventative matters. If you're going to court, you can Find a Lawyer for help.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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