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When you represent yourself, you are referred to as a "self-represented litigant" or "pro-se litigant." Even if you don't have a lawyer, judges and court employees are not allowed to provide you with legal advice, and may not be able to speak with you at all about your case outside of the courtroom. Going to court without an attorney can be extremely difficult, so you should learn as much as you can about your legal issue and the services and resources available to you.

Court Forms
Fill-in-the-blank forms are a common way for self-represented litigants to bring their legal issue before a court. However, there are certain risks when using legal forms that should be aware of. For example, many forms found online do not comply with Louisiana law and may be considered invalid. It's also possible that a form will not address your exact situation, or what you hope to accomplish in your court. When using forms, it is always best to find a form provided by the Supreme Court of Louisiana, your local court, or a legal aid organization, rather than a company that charges money.
 
Click on your parish below to see available services and forms in your area. Some jurisdictions have self-help centers than you can visit, and others have online resources. There are also several statewide services including online legal advice, a legal hotline, and events at public libraries.

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