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  • Audio Guide: Avoid Contractor Fraud

    Tips for working with contractors to repair your home. Read More

    By:
    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Hammond Office, including information about applying for help online)
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Audio Presentation: Your Guide to Court

    If you are going to court on your own watch this presentation to learn the basics of how to conduct yourself correctly. Created by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in collaboration with the Self-Represented Litigant Committee of the Louisiana District Judges Association and the Access to Justice Program of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Read More

    By:
    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services: Collaboration with Court & Bar Partners.
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Bankruptcy Guided Assistant

    This Guided Assistant tool can help you understand the most common types of bankruptcy. It can also help you determine which type of bankruptcy you might need to file. This tool is not legal advice. This tool does not take the place of legal advice from a competent attorney licensed in your state and familiar with the law and facts of your legal issue. Content Detail

    By:
    Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
  • Buying a Used Car -- La Compra de un Auto Usado (English/Spanish Text and Audio on YouTube)

    Knowing your rights may boost your chances of getting a fair deal. Es posible que saber los derechos aumentaría la posibilidad de conseguir un acuerdo justo. Read More

    By:
    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Consumer Debt Problems Online Forms

    Use the link to go to an online interview to create court forms for consumer debt problems. The online program allows you to create online forms for these consumer debt issues, if your problem fits the situations covered by the forms: Medical Debt Credit Card Debt Car Loans Form to ask the court for more time to respond. The link will take you to a different site called LawHelp Interactive. On that site you will see more information about consumer issues. The online program will ask you questions about your consumer debt problem. The computer program will use the information you enter to create your forms. Warning: the program is not legal advice. This program does not take the place of legal advice from competent legal counsel licensed in your state who knows about your legal issue. Try to find help from a lawyer if you can. The Find a Lawyer tab at the top of the page helps you find programs that offer free legal aid to qualified people. Please use this quick survey to give feedback about using this online forms program:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WL637YX Read More

    By:
    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Consumer Unit, with other stakeholders.
  • Court-Based Online Self-Help Centers

    Court based online self help centers. Representing yourself? A number of courts have websites with information to help you. Read More

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    From the site of the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Louisiana Small Claims Court: Basic Information and Online Forms for Louisiana Justice of the Peace Court

    Here is an information guide, which has a link to a computer program you can use to create some basic forms for small claims court in a Louisiana Justice of the Peace Court. The forms are only for small claims courts that are also Justice of the Peace Courts. The forms are not for small claims brought in a city court or other Louisiana state court. The guide is called a "LibGuide" (short for Library Guide or Librarian Guide) because it also can help librarians help other people. The LibGuide has general information plus a link to a computer program a person can use to create small claims court forms for small claims in a Justice of the Peace Court. Content Detail

    By:
    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
  • Motion for Extension of Time to Respond in a Louisiana court (with information and instructions)

    This packet has information about filing a motion for an Extension of Time to Respond in a Louisiana Court. It also has a form you can fill out and use, and instructions about how to fill out that form. Remember, using the form does not mean that you will get an extension. The court may say no to you. Read More

    By:
    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
  • Preparing Your Small Claims Case

    See this brochure to learn more about small claims court and how to prepare for your case there. Content Detail

    By:
    Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
  • Self Representation: How to Get Ready for Your Day in Court

    See this brochure to find out more about what happens in the courtroom, how to behave, and more. Content Detail

    By:
    Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
  • Your day in court

    Tips about how to plan for your day in court, especially if you need to go alone without a lawyer. Read More

    By:
    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
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