Prior to the late 1990s, California consumers were left with three options when it came to handling a family law case. They could retain an attorney, they could hire a legal document preparation service, or they could stand in line at the court clerk’s office to get blank forms to fill out themselves. There was no one at the courts to help people who were self represented.
Enter the Court’s Self Help Legal Services Initiative. California pioneered the national trend to develop self-help programs to increase fairness in a justice system that was originally established only for people who could afford […]