Has there been any cases that a Pro-Se has won ?
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Pro se parties win cases all the time, especially for smaller matters in the Special Civil part and family court matters. There is no way for anyone to say that you are X% more likely to lose because you do not have a lawyer.
Having said that, lawyers are trained and experienced in the fields of their practice. In litigation, a lawyer will know the rules of procedure, how things are customarily done in the particular court, the substantive laws that apply to the case, and appellate rulings that may be applicable. Lawyers also have the advantage of being able to give their clients an outside look at the case (clients usually are overly confident that they are correct and that they judge/jury will believe everything that they say and nothing that the other party says). And lawyers are usually much more skilled at negotiating settlements and have the benefit of experience to guide them on fair value of the case.
If you would like to speak on the phone for a 100% free consultation, I would be happy to tell you how I may be able to help you in your case and the expected costs (depending on the amount at stake, it may or may not make financial sense to hire a lawyer).
Best of luck.
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Of course a pro se litigant can prevail. The Judges, particularly in the family part, routinely have pro se litigants appear before them. The Judge does not determine matters based upon who has an attorney and who does not. The Judge determines matters based upon the facts and proofs presented. Some pro se litigants can be very effective and others are not. If you are not comfortable or need guidance as to what should/should not be included/presented, you would be wise to consult with an attorney with expertise in that area of law.
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Are there cases where a pro se has won? Yes. See, e.g., Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. v. Tabari, 610 F.3d 1171 (9th Cir. 2010). However, pro se litigants often lose because they do not know or understand the substantive law or the rules of procedure, which is a significant handicap.
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