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The Law Offices of Google

"Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see." This judiciously intelligent quote was birthed from the lips of Benjamin Franklin, who was one of the founding fathers of this great nation. I find it safe to prophesize that a man who left behind a legacy of scientific and political achievement would find this quote to be quite appropriate for the modernly technological times we live in.

The Internet has proven to serve as a mini superhero in our day to day tasks. She is our personal expert Chef when we are in need of a Cuisine Recipe and can provide directions anywhere imaginable while giving you useful information on the weather, estimated time of travel, and traffic while factoring on if you are travelling by car, bus, or foot. However, as much of an incredible and dependent component it has become, it can be just as dangerous. For example the Internet could create financial misfortune, if you were to choose the tech route to taking on plumbing issues on your own instead of hiring a certified plumber to do the job. Or could be life threatening if you turn to Google in order to diagnose your family instead of going to see a Physician. "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see."

Although it may not be as apparent, but the same concept applies when you're dealing with matters revolving around your home, more specifically foreclosure. Don't go pro se, get an Attorney! Pro se Litigants are known as parties representing themselves in court without the assistance of an attorney. "Pro se" is Latin for "in one's own behalf." The majority of pro se litigants who try to tackle these foreclosure lawsuits on their own, almost always end up seeking the assistance of an attorney. Often times, this happens when it is too late.

To be honest, there is a lot of beneficial information online, but probably twice as much useless information that create a blur to the reality of one's situation. Just because one homeowner was able to go against JP Morgan Chase and gain a successful outcome, does not mean the same will happen for you. Just because you bank with Bank of America and they lost a huge lawsuit against a pair of homeowners in 2008 does not mean your case will share the same positive conclusion. "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see."

Often times, I meet clients who have drafted pleadings from samples provided by the internet. Unless it was a sample of an answer which was timely filed, it doesn't really make a big difference in your case. Also, do not believe that all judges will treat pro se litigants more fairly than an attorney; HUGE MISCONCEPTION in foreclosure court! If you cannot afford an attorney, go to Legal Aid for assistance for free. If not, "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see."

You may be thinking to yourselves that it's some sort of conspiracy for one attorney to advise hiring another about any legal matter. However, if I am unfamiliar with a certain area of law, I would hire an attorney who specializes in that field. Think of it as a Podiatrist trying to perform his own stitches on his stomach; seek professional help!

Remember, although Google may be helpful for looking up all kinds of information you need clarity on, please keep the whispers of Benjamin Franklin on replay close to your ear; "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see."

At the corner of pro se and search,

Sonja-Lucienne Cajuste, Esq.