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The law is known to everyone in theory. But as various people are said to have said, In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not. Starting from zero and actually finding out what law is applicable to your circumstances is not a trivial matter. To have an answer you can rely on you need to do the following: Find out what law ...


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There are four similar answers here already, all about why it's a good idea to involve an expert. There isn't much engagement with the apparent discrepency you're asking about; the discrepency between high standards of qualification for lawyers and the suggestion that the law is understandable for the typical citizen implied by the claim that "ignorance is ...


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We are not (generally) required to be represented by lawyers in court. Many people do their own legal work. The requirement to be approved by the bar association is a separate consumer protection law, which is a more general instance of the fact that government reserves the right to limit things done as "commerce" that they do not limit when done as an ...


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One element not touched on so far is the time and effort it takes for courts to support people who are representing themselves. In England & Wales we have had significant problems with an increase in the number of "Litigants in Person" since deep cuts were made to Legal Aid. This has resulted in hearings taking longer, Lawyers and Judges time being ...


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A legal court is not like school debating where you can make any argument to support your case. There are strict rules about admissible evidence. There are rules about which documents you must give to the other side before the trial begins. There are rules for how to ask questions of witnesses. And in a common law legal system simply knowing the statutes is ...


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Yes and No In the lower court (Amtsgericht), yes you can proceed without a lawyer, but for certain cases. In those cases and in the upper courts, you have to have a lawyer. That is called "Anwaltspflicht" or "Anwaltszwang". You need a lawyer whenever the case is in the layers of Landgericht, Oberlandesgericht, Oberstes Landesgericht, ...


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You should apply for a Beratungshilfeschein at your local court (Amtsgericht), if you cannot afford a lawyer. See link for list of documents (passport, registration, rent cobtract, financial situation) that you will need to show. You should collect all relevant information to the case (as you would when bringing this to a lawyer for the first time), which ...


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It should be someone authorized to sign agreements on behalf of the company. Company policy or bylaws will indicate who is authorized, and if that power can be delegated. Generally it is someone fairly senior, but the exact position can vary. Such agreements usually include an assertion that that person signing is authorized to do so.


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You beg the question (since explicitly raised in edits to the original question): Does anybody know the entire body of law? At least in the U.S. the answer is apparently: No! Not even lawyers know every law. Most citizens don't even know what is encompassed by the term, "law." (As I said in a comment elsewhere, "So you somehow managed to find and digest ...


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