FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does “pro se” mean?
Pro Se is a Latin phrase meaning "for one's self" or "on one's own behalf." In law, pro se describes someone involved in a legal proceeding who does not have an attorney. If you decide to go unrepresented, you will be expected to follow the same rules and procedures that a lawyer must follow. You will also be expected to know the laws of your case. Court staff and judges cannot and will not provide legal advice. Being your own attorney is like being your own auto mechanic; that is, unless you are an auto mechanic, it will take you much longer to get it right and you will make mistakes. The difference is, if your oil change goes wrong, you can probably get someone to fix it for you. But, when your divorce action goes wrong, you can never replace lost time with your children, financial support you may have been entitled to, or property you once owned. That being said, can you really afford to go it completely alone? If you are even a bit hesitant, please talk to us. Divorce PRO Wisconsin has everything you need to get through your pro se divorce, including access to low-cost lawyer services, if or when your case takes an unexpected turn, and other cost-effective divorce solutions. With Divorce PRO, affordable legal help is only a click or a call away.
What is "Limited Scope Representation" and what does it cost?
Divorce PRO Wisconsin works with local member attorneys willing to offer affordable divorce legal services on a flat fee basis through the practice limited scope representation (LSR). With LSR, also known as "unbundled legal services," the lawyer and the client agree that the lawyer will provide some, but not all, of the legal work required in the client’s case. In most cases, the lawyer's representation of the client will begin and end with the performance of a specifically defined task, such as preparing a document or advising on a particular issue. Once the work scope has been completed, the attorney-client relationship terminates until the client asks the attorney for more help. Typically, LSR lawyers charge between $100.00 and $250.00 per legal service requested. Clients who use limited scope representation most effectively can expect to pay less than $1,000.00 to have an experienced divorce lawyer guide them through their pro se divorce from start to finish. By comparison, the average cost of full-service representation in a divorce is more than ten times that amount, including hefty upfront fees. Let our experts show you how limited scope representation can work for you. With Divorce PRO, getting it done right will not cost you a bundle.
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Is Divorce PRO Wisconsin my attorney?
No. Divorce PRO Wisconsin is a low-cost, self-help legal resource, mediation solutions provider, and a lawyer referral service. Divorce PRO provides legal information and assistance to pro se litigants and it not itself a law firm or your legal representative. Divorce PRO Wisconsin staff cannot provide legal advice.
How do I know if Divorce PRO Wisconsin is for me?
Typically, it is not a good idea to start or maintain any type of legal action without the help of an attorney, and family law cases are no different. However, if you must go it alone, some legal help is better than none. For a little cost, Divorce PRO Wisconsin can make a big difference. All prospective clients of Divorce PRO receive a free case evaluation, where we help you determine exactly what legal services you need and whether or not we have an affordable legal resource that fits. If so, we will discuss with you how Divorce PRO works and how Divorce PRO can best serve you. If not, we will strongly recommend you seek a full-service law firm right away. Simply put, Divorce PRO wants to make sure you are protected even if it means we have to turn you away. If you have any doubts, please take a minute to complete our pro se self evaluation to see if you can Do-It-Yourself better with legal help from Divorce PRO Wisconsin.
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