This legal guide is for anyone seeking to bring a civil or small claims suit to court and act on their own behalf. Quittner and Schachner provide the average person with a no-nonsense guide to using the American legal system. Written in plain English, this books leads you through the maze of legal prcesses and principles, step by step, from making a realistic appraisal of your case to collecting a judgment. Included in this helpful guide are answers to questions about how to use a law library, how to draw up a complaint, how to file motions, and how to handle the trial practice and trial advocacy itself. Also includes a concise legal dictionary.