Many people cannot afford to hire a family law specialist to represent them and chose to self-represent. For years, Attorney Joe Langlois has witnessed for years the plight of individuals who cannot afford to hire a family law specialist be pushed and pulled through the family law court system to their economic, social and emotional detriment. To help these litigants develop an effective legal strategy, Joe is now offering his expertise and legal advice to self-represented parties on a limited scope basis on an as-needed or hourly basis.

The courts have reported that as many as 80 percent of the litigants in family law court are self-represented. The state of California-funded Family Law Facilitator’s Office or other self-help centers can help the self-represented party to understand the procedures required to get through the family law court system. But they cannot give legal advice to the self-represented party, nor help the self-represented party to develop an effective legal strategy on how to handle the substantive issues they may be facing in their family law cases. The family law judges and their clerks are also unable to give legal advice to litigants in family law court. And with the high volume of family law cases in each courtroom, court personnel are unable to offer any real help to self-represented parties.

Joe has extensive experience providing self-represented parties with mediation and settlement consultation services, helping them to completely and satisfactorily resolve their divorces and post-divorce disputes often without any litigation expense.

He is experienced in providing expert analysis, recommendations and advice on an as-needed hourly basis to individuals in connection with cohabitation, marriage, separation and divorce planning. He has often been consulted by represented parties who are looking for a second opinion from a reputable family law specialist or who are dissatisfied with the service they have been receiving from their current or prior attorneys.

Langlois Family Law has both the expertise and experience to assist self-represented parties in handling limited portions of their family law cases, such as a particular court hearing or a trial, even when a party cannot afford full representation for their entire case.