MISSION STATEMENT
THE LITIGANT is an independent practice focusing on providing accurate information for litigation and money claims.

The mission is to support:

LiPs (individuals who do not have access to a lawyer) and

Entrepreneurs (sole traders and small businesses) in the same position.

We offer services to assist Litigants in Person, both individuals, and businesses dealing with the County Court proceedings.

LEGAL ADVICE vs LEGAL INFORMATION

What is Legal Advice
Legal advice is any written or oral counsel regarding a legal matter that impacts the responsibilities and rights of the person who receives it. It often requires knowledge of and careful analysis of the law. Giving legal advice is an essential function of a lawyer and equivalent to practicing law. Legal advice is very detailed and tailored to particular predicaments. Legal advice requires legal education and knowledge and impacts the recipient’s legal rights. It also creates an attorney-client relationship. Independent Legal advice should be sought when you have a legal problem and do not know how to proceed. This could include filing a lawsuit or being sued.

What Is Legal Information
Legal information, on the other hand, can be given by anyone who is knowledgeable of the law. It is simply a statement of what the law is, without any application to your particular situation, leaving up to you the decision of how to proceed. Given the costs associated with hiring a lawyer, it is good to know when you need legal advice, and when you simply need legal information. Legal information is indicated in many more situations.

If you have a question of whether or not a certain act is legal in the abstract, without regard to your specific situation, legal information will probably suffice. Legal information is typically general and devoid of any application to a specific problem. For clarity, provide general instructions for filling out the forms, and provide typing services for the entry of information into forms, provided no legal advice is given.

Basic instruction on how to complete a legal form, where to place information on the form, and the definition of legal terms used on a form constitute the provision of legal information. Instructing a person on how to phrase information in a legal document or form, or advising the person as to what he or she should say in court, is the provision of legal advice.

Any non-lawyer can recite laws and refer to legal information, but it is illegal for a non-lawyer or unlicensed attorney to offer legal advice or represent someone else in a court of law.