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Answers to Frequently Asked Pro Se Law and Self-Representation Questions

Are Fax Copies of Signed Documents Legally Enforceable and Acceptable?

Facsimile (fax for short) versions of legal documents — or scanned and emailed documents or PDF files — are generally acceptable for use in legal proceedings to enforce contracts or obligations and, as such, can be relied upon by the recipient.

But one sticking point does exist. Continue reading Are Fax Copies of Signed Documents Legally Enforceable and Acceptable?

In a Last Will and Testament or Similar Legal Documents, Must I Designate Bloodline Children Differently from a Step Child?

For clarity purposes, when listing blood-related children and step-children within a Last Will and Testament, Living Will or Living Trust, it is suggested that all children be specifically listed in the document by name and then referred to as “my children”. No designation past that is required.

Can a Landlord Use Photocopies of a Lease to Enforce the Lease Terms?

Whether or not a referenced lease contract is an original document or a photocopy of the original is irrelevant — so long as the photocopy is an unaltered duplicate of the original document.

The ‘contract’ is the document agreed upon and signed by all parties, not the format of the paperwork. Continue reading Can a Landlord Use Photocopies of a Lease to Enforce the Lease Terms?

What Changes Must I Make to Complete Trust Documents for a Family Member in Another State?

Simply follow the instructions provided in the legal forms contents, but do so with the clear understanding that the person signing the documents is the only person ‘completing’ or creating the Living Trust pro se. Continue reading What Changes Must I Make to Complete Trust Documents for a Family Member in Another State?

Can a Non-Lawyer Chief Executive Represent His Corporation Pro Se in a Legal Matter?

Typically, an executive director or CEO can represent a corporation in day-to-day business functions. But the chief executive of a corporation or LLC cannot represent the corporation in a court of law, as legal counsel, or as part of a litigation. Continue reading Can a Non-Lawyer Chief Executive Represent His Corporation Pro Se in a Legal Matter?

Is a Handwritten Marital Separation Agreement Valid if Signed by Both Spouses?

While the fact that a legal document is handwritten has no bearing on its validity, it would be impossible to know if your own handwritten agreement is legal and valid without reviewing the LANGUAGE used within. Continue reading Is a Handwritten Marital Separation Agreement Valid if Signed by Both Spouses?