Handling your own legal problems

If you cannot afford an attorney, and if Legal Aid is unable to help you, then you may have to handle your legal situation on your own.

The most important thing to remember is: DON'T PANIC. The fact is, many people handle legal matters on their own every day. This is especially true in the area of family law. Eviction emergency? Click here!

It's better to have an attorney if possible, but if that's not possible, then there are still plenty of things you can do to protect your rights. Here are some suggestions and resources you can use to prepare your own legal case:

Learn About The Law

For information on many common legal issues, check out Oregon Law Help, a legal aid website. This site hosts electronic versions of many of the pamphlets we make available in our office.

Help From The Court

The Lane Circuit Court has a Family Court Assistance Office where family law forms and instructions can be obtained. The Court also has forms for expungements. The Court does not give legal advice.

Divorce And Custody Classes

Our office offers self-help classes for divorces and custody cases. Recorded information about the classes is available at (541) 485-1017, Ext. 146. Download the Divorce Class Packet to get started.

Store-Bought Forms

Many common legal situations can be handled using preprinted forms available at office supply stores. While such forms are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney, they may meet your needs.