Pro Se

Definition - What does Pro Se mean?

Pro se is a Latin phrase that means on one’s own behalf. In the context of legal representation, it refers to an individual representing themselves in court instead of an attorney.

You can represent yourself in civil, criminal or bankruptcy court. However, it is not always advisable, as doing so can be detrimental to your legal rights.

Justipedia explains Pro Se

Pro se essentially means representing oneself in a court of law instead of representation by an attorney. Individuals filing or defending a lawsuit are allowed to do it pro se.

However, this is an exception in the bankruptcy court. Individual and joint debtors are allowed to be pro se, but corporations and partnerships are required to have an attorney during bankruptcy. This is because bankruptcy is a complex affair that has long-term legal and financial consequences.

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