Abraham Lincoln once said, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” That doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a lawyer for every legal proceeding. People often handle their own small claims court cases. However, most cases involve complicated facts and rules of law. People who don’t have a legal background can often miss things that a trained lawyer would quickly recognize. In any type of case, you will want to make certain that you know exactly what the proceedings entail. What are your rights? What responsibilities do you have? What exactly do those legal terms mean?