A pro se is an individual who has not retained a lawyer and appears in court to represent himself and no other person or entity.
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The only proceedings that you can handle as a pro se are those in which you truly would be representing only yourself. For example, a pro se may apply to probate a will as a muniment of title when he or she is the sole beneficiary under a will and there are no debts against the estate other than those secured by liens against real estate. This procedure can be a viable option in some situation, but not in others. Whether a muniment of title is the correct probate procedure for a particular situation is a legal decision that is best made by a lawyer. Note that anyone falsely swearing that the estate has no creditors is subject to a perjury charge.
Yes. One need not be a lawyer to serve as an executor, administrator, or guardian.However, the executor, administrator, or guardian must be represented by counsel.
Lawyers don’t just fill out forms. Lawyers (1) determine what method of probate or guardianship is appropriate in a particular situation, (2) create or adapt any necessary paperwork, and (3) advise the client about the ongoing responsibilities of a fiduciary. Unless you are a lawyer, you’re creating legal pleadings while acting as a fiduciary would constitute the unauthorized practice of law.