You have the right to represent yourself. However, before deciding to represent yourself, you should weigh the risks and benefits. The law is complex and changes frequently. Those untrained in the law may not recognize a legal problem or know how to solve the problem. While self-help kits and preprinted materials are available for those wishing to represent themselves, these products do not always take into account your individual circumstances, changes in the law, or the law in Wisconsin.
Acting without the advice of a lawyer may sometimes bring unanticipated legal consequences that can be difficult and expensive to undo. A lawyer is trained to identify whether you have a problem that requires legal action.
If you believe that you have a legal problem, make an appointment with a lawyer immediately. Waiting too long could result in missed deadlines and harm your case. However, the lawyer you seek may not be able to see you on short notice.