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  • A Living Will Declaration (Link)

    Here are links to information about living wills from the Louisiana Secretary of State and a living will declaration form. This information cannot take the place of the advice of an attorney, but it may help you. Read More

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    Louisiana Secretary of State
  • Small Succession Guided Assistant

    This Guided Assistant tool can help you: (1) determine if you qualify for a Small Succession, and if so, (2) complete the paperwork required to file a Louisiana Small Succession Affidavit. This tool is not legal advice. This tool does not 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

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    Acadiana Legal Service Corporation Lafayette Office
  • Your Guide to Court (Link)

    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

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services: Collaboration with Court & Bar Partners.
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • You Should Know: About Your Day in Court (Audio + Video)

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

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
  • Gender Marker Process Guide

    This guide provides basic information about updating gender marker on your identification and other legal documents. Depending on which document you are updating, the process is relatively simple and usually can be managed without the help of a lawyer. This guide is intended to provide support to people helping themselves. This resource is informational and is not legal advice. Always consult with an attorney about your particular situation. Read More

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    Lagniappe Law
  • Guide: Going to court on your own? (Video and Text)

    No lawyer? Try to find one if you can. This item talks about some ways to find a lawyer. If that does not work, click on the picture above to hear and see a presentation that talks about some things you should do if you have to handle your case on your own. You can also read the text. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Louisiana Court-Based Online Self-Help Centers (Guide)

    Representing yourself? A number of courts have websites with information to help you. Find out which courts have court-based online self-help centers. Read More

  • Name Change Process Guide

    If you are legally an adult in Louisiana, this guide provides basic information on how to change your name in court. When a name change is possible, the process is relatively simple and can be managed without the help of a lawyer. This guide is intended to provide support to those seeking to complete a name change without legal representation. Read More

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    Lagniappe Law Lab
  • Papers in your Civil Court Case: Words You Should Know (Audio + Video)

    You may come across some of these words in court. This presentation is based on a resource created with the Pro Se Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
  • People in Your Civil Court Case: Words You Should Know (Audio + Video)

    Watch this presentation to find out about words you need to know describing people in your civil court case. This presentation is based on a resource created with the Pro Se Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee. Read More

  • Places in your Civil Court Case: Words You Should Know (Audio + Video)

    Learn more about words you may come across in state courts in Louisiana. This presentation is based on a resource created with the Pro Se Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee. Read More

  • Procedures in your Civil Court Case: Words You Should Know (Audio + Video)

    You may come across some of these words in court. This presentation is based on a resource created with the Pro Se Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee. Read More

  • Self Representation: How to Get Ready for Your Day in Court (Brochure)

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

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    Acadiana Legal Service Corporation Lafayette Office
  • Update your passport

    This guide provides basic information about how to update your U.S. passport. If you are eligible for a U.S. passport update, the process is relatively simple and can be managed without the help of a lawyer. This guide is intended to provide support to those seeking a U.S. passport update without legal representation. Note: This is for people who already have a passport and simply seek to update information after a legal change in their name or gender marker. Read More

    By:
    Lagniappe Law Lab