If you represent yourself you are still required to be competent of the law, legal procedures and courtroom procedures. You will have to file all the necessary paperwork and fill out the forms that are required. These forms can be found HERE.
Hiring a lawyer
Hiring a lawyer is a personal decision. It is important that you obtain a lawyer that you feel comfortable with and that can best represent your needs. The St. Joseph Bar Association has a Legal Referral Service that can be a helpful source of information when trying to find a lawyer that is right for you. There service can be found at http://www.sjcba.org. However, they can also be reached by phone at: (574) 235-9657.
Those who are indigent or without adequate means to procure a lawyer may qualify for pro bono representation through District 2 Pro Bono Legal Services. District 2 Pro Bono Legal Services is located at: 52303 Emmons Road, Suite 23, South Bend, IN 46637. They can be by contacted via phone or fax at: phone (574) 277-0075 or fax (547) 273-9545.
Another service that is available to those who are indigent or without adequate means is the University of Notre Dame Law School Legal Aid Clinic, which is located at: 725 Howard Street, South Bend, IN 46617. They can also be contacted via phone or fax at: phone (574) 631-7795 or fax (574) 6725. For more information visit their website at: http://law.nd.edu/legal-aid-clinic.
Indiana Legal Services South Bend Office is also a service that is available to those who are indigent or without adequate means. It is located at: 105 E. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 600, South Bend, IN 46601. They can be contacted at: (574) 234-8121 or (800) 382-7581.