I have a lot of respect for lawyers. My brother is a lawyer, I have friends or friends' spouses who are lawyers, and I know many of you, my readers are lawyers. So, in no way is this an attack on any of you personally or the profession as a whole. As with all professions there are "good ones" and "bad ones". The legal profession is no different.
We are in midst of a legal battle with a jeweler who ruined my wedding ring. My husband and I have done everything possible to keep this out of court and have been more than fair and accomodating when dealing with the defendent, both before we filed our claim and even now in the midst of litigation.
Unfortunately, the other side is playing dirty and I know they are doing so (aside from the simple fact that they can) in the hopes that they will wear us down and we'll drop the claim. I know they assume that I won't want to continue to represent myself, that I can't afford to hire a lawyer to defend me, and that I won't want to continue to participate in a drawn out legal battle. They are right in all respects. I don't want to continue to represent myself; I spend hours researching every night so that I am prepared to not get run over in court. I might as well be in law school. I can't afford to hire a lawyer and I don't have the time or the energy to fight this for the next 6 months or more. Where they are wrong though is that I won't drop it simply because of that. This particular lawyer knows her clients are wrong. I have more than enough proof and documentation and she knows that so she wastes her time and mine by constantly filing time consuming motions that in the end have no bearing on the outcome of this case.
I just hate that so much of lawyering seems to be silly games that they play with the intention of screwing the little person, in this case me.
So all you lawyers out there....any thought, advice?