If a party decides not to retain a lawyer will they be held to the same standards in court?

By Madilyn Keating Ellsworth
July 13, 2017
If a party decides not to retain a lawyer will they be held to the same standards in court?

In Illinois individuals who represent themselves are referred to as pro se litigants and are held to the same standards as a licensed attorneys. This means pro se litigants are expected to know the law, the rules of courtroom practice, and all professional standards. This is obviously an extremely difficult, if not impossible task for someone not educated or experienced in the legal field, or even further a specific of area of practice such as divorce. That’s why it’s wise to hire a licensed attorney to represent you in your legal matter.


Madilyn Keating Ellsworth is an associate attorney at the Chicago-based firm Boyle Feinberg, P.C. Madilyn practices all aspects of family law including child custody, child support, distribution of assets, and post-dissolutions matters. To learn more about Madilyn and her firm, visit www.boylefeinbergfamilylaw.com or the firm’s profile.

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July 13, 2017
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