This is a civil plenary case in which we wanted to represent ourselves. We were told we could but then read this.
LR 45-TR16-9 Pre-trial Procedure
A. Initial Status Conference. Upon motion of any party or the court, an initial status conference shall be scheduled and held within six (6) months of the filing of any Complaint in a civil plenary or civil tort case. Each party shall be represented at this conference by an attorney familiar with the case, who shall be prepared to discuss and enter into stipulations concerning:
(1) the exchange of lists of witnesses known to have knowledge of the facts supporting the pleadings. The parties thereafter shall be under a continuing obligation to advise opposing parties of other witnesses as they become known;
(2) the exchange of all documents, and any other evidence reasonably available, contemplated for use in support of the pleadings;
(3) a discovery schedule;
(4) the necessity for additional conferences in complex litigation; and
(5) the necessity for amendments to the pleadings and the filing or hearing of dispositive motions. Absent agreement, the court shall schedule the filing, briefing and hearing thereof.
If you are representing yourself (you CANNOT represent anyone else, including your wife) then you are your OWN attorney. You have to be prepared to address the points that will be discussed at the initial status conference.
I would strongly recommend that you hire a REAL attorney to represent you in this case (unless it is in small claims court). Litigation is NOT a D-I-Y project.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
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