Say someone received a divorce complaint in Tennessee. They could not afford an attorney but wants to answer the complaint himself. What format or form would someone use to do that? Who would they send that to? What would be a step-by-step process? Thanks
Okay. I'll try to walk you through this one more time. Please take note of the advice and explanation I am about to give you.
First of all, law students are not allowed to distribute legal advice. Period. This rule is one that is important enough (at my school) to be one that all law students now take an oath over. At my school, a state supreme court justice came to explain the rule and administer the oath. Failure to abide by the oath can and most likely will result in the offending party not being allowed to sit for the bar exam and can invalidate 3 years and over $100k investment, leaving us unable to practice law.
Moving on: How do you know you can't afford an attorney? Have you spoken to an attorney? What kind of rate structure was quoted? Did you speak to anyone else? Did the attorney listen to your case and quote a fee or are you, like many ill-informed people do, assuming that a lawyer is expensive and that you can't afford it? If you look, you can probably find an attorney to take your case for anywhere from a few hundred dollars plus a portion of the settlement all the way up to a few thousand.
Once again, a good place to start is here: http://www.abanet.org/
. You can also find out if there is a local bar association. Since you've indicated tennessee as your home state, here is that states bar assoc. website: http://www.tba.org/
From there, you should be able to find legal representation.
As has been mentioned, you can get do it yourself books at the bookstore, but it sounds like you have a received papers already, and that you object to something in those papers. If this is the case, you will likely need an attorney to properly defend your interests in the matter.
In your other post, you said you were a teacher. I have a hard time believing that there is no way for you to access funds necessary to retain invaluable competent legal advice. You can borrow money from your family members, you can take out a credit card loan, you can ask friends for help.
The only legal advice you will likely get here is the best we can give:
You need a competent lawyer.
You cannot likely do this yourself with any real success.
You can afford a lawyer.
Here's more information for you to look at:http://www.aboutdivorce.com/http://research.lawyers.com/Tennessee/Divorce-in-Tennessee.html
This is for informational purposes and should not be misconstrued as legal advice.