Really? That's just dumb. So really whoever designed the system designed with the best interests of the creditors and plaintiff's attorneys in mind.
Not the plaintiffs themselves.
And it really is incentive to learn the law and just sue yourself and cut the attorney out of it. They might be better at it, but they take forever and a huge cut.
And honestly they don't work for the money they bill. I had a payroll suit that was in court for 10 months. I got $9,000 and my attorney got $5,000 from his billable hours.
The last FDCPA suit I filed was over in a month and I got $1,000 and the attorney for that one billed $3,500. No way they worked as long as my other guy.
So either they bill at $1,000 an hour or they lie about their hours. Either way they wind up making way too much.
And I agree with the other guy that suggested if pro se means as your own lawyer we should be able to charge fees.
It was actually explained to me by the FDCPA attorney that for the $1,000 my creditor can call me all day, all night, every day till the case is settled.
And all my friends, my job, make threats, whatever they want and still only face $1,000. That's total How does the law protect me then?
If I turned around and did it to them I bet I'd get arrested for harassment.