Be your own best advocate with a legal coach.
The term pro se is Latin for “in one own’s behalf.” It is the legal term for someone who is representing themself in court. Pro se coaching allows you to represent yourself with the benefit of having a lawyer on call to answer questions and give you legal advice whenever you need it. It is a way of maintaining complete control over your legal situation while still getting the benefit of an experienced lawyer by your side.
How does the pro se coaching program work?
At The Lien Law Firm, our pro se coaching program is a combination of structured and on-demand components designed to help you represent yourself in court. Your membership includes:
- Monthly one-on-one coaching sessions between you and our lawyer
- An online portal filled with training and resources that our lawyer uses when she represents clients in court
- Email and text support for legal questions
What can we do at a coaching session?
The short answer is: anything you want to do! Coaching clients frequently use their sessions to get help with the following:
- Preparing for a hearing
- Developing strategy for settlement
- Doing paperwork
- Drafting legal documents
- Asking questions
The point of coaching is to make sure you have all the information and answers you need, so each session is guided by what you need at the time.
Do I qualify for Pro Se Coaching at The Lien Law Firm?
You may qualify for coaching if you have a family court case in St. Louis County, Missouri. Cases in other jurisdictions around the Greater St. Louis area may be considered based on program availability. Legal coaching is not available outside the State of Missouri.
Is pro se coaching right for me?
Coaching may be right for you if any of the following apply:
- You are confident representing yourself but need someone knowledgeable to help you prepare
- Your case is relatively short and/or simple
- You want truly individualized legal help on your own terms
- You cannot afford traditional legal representation, or need some help while you save up a retainer
Clients like coaching because:
- There are no retainers or billable hours
- They maintain complete control over how their case is handled
- A lawyer is available when they need one, but do not pay for any background work (emails, phone calls, etc.)
- They feel empowered when representing themselves in court
- They get the unique attention they need exactly when they need it
Can I work with a legal coach if my case is closed?
If you anticipate going back to court in the future, then working with a legal coach regularly can help you keep the best possible evidence along the way. We recommend coaching for clients who have high-conflict relationships with a co-parent and/or complicated court orders that they are responsible for implementing. Clients can do pro se coaching in between court cases even if they choose not to represent themselves in court when a case is actually filed.
Fees & Financing
Membership in the pro se coaching program is $297 for the first month. This includes:
- A 60-minute coaching call with our lawyer to discuss the specifics of your case and answer questions
- An action plan and strategy to reach your goals
- A review of your legal documents and case history
- An analysis of your legal service needs
If you choose to continue with ongoing coaching, the fee is $197/month. This includes:
- One 30-minute coaching call with our lawyer each month
- Quick emails and text messages to address your questions
- Access to an online coaching portal with training and resource materials
- Access to unlimited additional coaching sessions at a special rate reserved for members of the coaching program
Coaching clients are required to authorize an automatic payment of their membership fee each month via credit or debit card. Coaching is not available for clients utilizing legal insurance or employee assistance programs (EAPs).
Use the button below to purchase your first month and get started with coaching!
Still not sure if pro se coaching is right for you?
Our lawyer is happy to talk with you about your case and your options for getting legal help.