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Watch and Learn
These 53 Video Clips give you the "Big Picture".
Subscribers "see" how legal process works.
Watch the individual clips one-at-a-time at your own pace. Altogether they total 5 hours of powerful information you need to win.
Remember, however, this is only an introduction to legal procedure and not the complete course. It will prepare you for the other classes.
There's a graded quiz at the end of this and every class. Try to pass every quiz with at least a "B" or better. If you get a "C" or less, go back over the material until you can score at least at "B" or better.
Study ALL classes in the MAIN MENU, not just this video introduction.
This video shows how to control your case and stop cheaters.
You learn what cases are "winnable", what cases are not, and why!
This clip shows how all the clips are organized.
Each clip builds on the one before, so don't skip any!
This clip teaches how to "prepare for battle".
Learn how to state your case with proper pleadings.
Plaintiff or defendant, you must state your case with proper pleadings.
You will learn about causes of action and affirmative defenses.
- Facts and Law.
- Liability and Damages.
- Using precision with words.
- How court battles are word wars.
- Moving the court, whether you're a plaintiff or defendant.
- Getting a favorable judgment ... $ $ $ !
This shows our famous Flowchart and lays a solid foundation for everything you will learn in this course!
You learn the separate parts of your case.
You will learn how each part fits together with the others.
You learn what you must do to win ... and how to do it!
Causes of Action
This clip is the key to winning.
Once you understanding causes, the rest is easy.
This is where case-winning power begins.
This clip introduces the four (4) types of pleadings, what each one is for, and how to use them.
- Affirmative Defense
Here is the basic, one-count complaint.
Learn how to draft effective complaints and how to defend against complaints of your adversaries.
This clip explains complaints alleging more than one "cause".
Learn about "counts" in a complaint, how to use them, and the importance of "WHEREFORE" clauses.
Learn why all numbered paragraphs in pleadings (and other formal papers filed with the court) should be single-sentences, one-subject, one-verb ... with minimum adverbs and adjectives.
Learn how a court "summons" commands defendants to respond to plaintiffs' complaints, how it should be served on defendants, why it should be attached to a copy of the complaint, and what to do if defendant does not respond.
If you're a defendant, learn what to do when you get one!
Learn how to verify papers with an affidavit.
This should be done for all papers alleging disputed facts.
Learn how verifications persuade judges to believe fact allegations are true, since affidavits expose one to perjury charges if alleged facts are found to be false and known to be false when sworn to.
This clip explains the three responses defendant may use, if he is forced to file an Answer to his opponent's complaint.
- Without Knowledge
Certificate of Service
Learn about the important "certificate of service" all parties must provide to their opponents when filing any papers with the court.
Learn the "certificate of service" assures the court that your opponent was provided a copy of whatever you file, how it was provided, and when.
Learn how a defendant damaged by a plaintiff can sue the plaintiff in his Answer.
Learn how to use a counter-claim as a reverse lawsuit.
Learn how to how to put one together and why it must be filed with the defendant's Answer.
Learn how a co-defendant (when there's more than one defendant in a case) can sue his or her co-defendants.
Learn how to file and defend against a cross-claim.
Learn how a defendant can sue someone who isn't yet in the case (i.e., a "third party") if that person caused some or all of the plaintiffs' or defendants' damages.
Learn how to draft a third-party complaint.
Avoiding the Answer
Learn the 3 motions you can file to avoid filing an Answer.
These are sometimes call the "flurry of motions", because savvy defendants file them after being served with plaintiff's complaint.
If successful, a defendant may win without doing anything else.
- Motion to Strike
- Motion to Dismiss
- Motion for More Definite Statement
Motion to Strike
Learn how to file a motion to strike when the complaint (or any other filing) contains:
- "material facts" known to be false when filed,
- allegations that are scandalous,
- allegations that are impertinent, or
- allegations that are redundant.
Motion to Dismiss
Learn the 7 grounds that must be raised by motion to dismiss or be lost forever!
Learn what to do if any of your motions are denied.
Motion for More Definite Statement
Learn how to force the other side to re-write his papers if a "reasonable person" couldn't understand some or any part of it.
This can be a very powerful tool to use during your "flurry of motions" if you don't want to file an answer to the complaint.
Affirmative Defenses 1
Learn about affirmative defenses, what they are and how to use them effectively.
Learn that affirmative defenses must be filed with the Answer.
Learn how affirmative defenses can be used to force the plaintiff to show his hand and prove his case or withdraw from the fight.
Affirmative Defenses 2
See several examples of effective affirmative defenses.
Learn some tactical tips on how to use them.
Learn why you should file as many affirmative defenses as the facts allow when you file your Answer (if you can't avoid the answer with your flurry of motions).
Learn about forms.
Review what you've learned so far in this introduction.
Answering the Complaint
Learn how to answer plaintiffs' complaint (if you can't avoid it with your flurry of motions).
Learn what to avoid, what to include in your answer, and how to draft the paperwork, serve, and file it.
Learn your 5 pre-trial evidence discovery tools:
- Request for Admissions
- Request for Production
- Subpoena Power and Other Court Orders
These must be used if you want to win - plaintiff or defendant!
Request for Admissions
Learn how to use this discovery tool to force your opponent to admit facts, law, and authenticity of documents.
This is your most powerful case-winning tool.
Request for Production
Learn how to use requests for production to force your opponent to produce any and all documents and things that might lead to finding "admissible evidence".
See a request for production that won a real lawsuit with very little effort!
Learn about interrogatories and how to use them.
They are simply written questions your opponent must answer under oath ... questions the court will compel your opponent to answer if you do things as taught in my course!
Learn how to use interrogatories to inquire into any and all facts that might "reasonably" help you find admissible evidence ... even if answers to your interrogatories are, by themselves, inadmissible!
Learn about the most ill-used discovery tool.
Learn the proper time to take a deposition.
Learn what to have before taking a deposition.
Learn how to handle witnesses and exhibits at depositions.
Learn how to use court orders (e.g., subpoenas) to get discovery when no other method will work.
Learn how I convinced a judge to grant an order shutting down a pharmacy so prescription records could be obtained before the pharmacy owners could destroy them.
Learn how to use the power of the court to your advantage!
Learn how to get the court to compel discovery when your opponent doesn't cooperate.
Learn how to use motions to:
- get the court to treat admissions as admitted for all purposes
- compel production of documents and things
- compel better answers to interrogatories
- compel attendance at depositions
- show cause why your opponent should not be held in contempt
- send your opponent to jail for contempt
Moving the Court
Learn how to move the court!
Nothing will happen until you move the court for orders!
Learn how to get the judge to pick up his or her pen and sign an order that gives you what the law demands.
Standing in Power
Learn how to exercise your sacred right to be heard.
This is your right, paid for by the blood of heroes who fought for your right to be heard in court!
Learn how to be polite without begging or apologizing.
Learn how to force the court to honor those who paid for our rights!
Knowing the Law
Learn about legal research and citations.
Know how to find law that applies to the facts of your case
Know how to cite the law that applies to the facts of your case
Learn how to argue on paper with memoranda.
Learn that arguing "live" in court is difficult with interruptions, distractions, and memory failures that can prevent one from doing his or her very best when it's critical to make no mistakes.
Learn how to research, draft, and file written memoranda citing legal authorities and arguments before going to court to present your case "live".
Legal authorities control judges. Nothing else does!
Learn about legal authorities, how to find them, and how to cite them to control the judge.
Sizing Up My Opponent
Learn how to size up your opponent.
Learn how to know what to expect from him.
Learn how to be prepared to defend against dirty tricks.
Learn how to force your opponent to obey the court's rules!
Using Evidence Rules
Learn about the evidence rules.
Learn how to get your evidence "in".
Learn how to keep your opponent's evidence "out".
Learn about privileges and what they do.
Learn who privileges belong to.
Know who has the right to demand they be honored by the court.
Learn about impeachment in court.
Learn how to use it to destroy the credibility of witnesses.
Learn how to use it to destroy the credibility of other evidence also.
Learn about hearsay.
Know what hearsay really is.
Learn some of the hearsay exceptions.
Learn how to use hearsay rules to your advantage.
Learn how to get witnesses to say what you want.
Learn about the 2 kinds of witness examinations in court:
- direct examination
- cross examination
Learn that circumstantial evidence is not "evidence" at all.
Learn that circumstantial evidence is a "guess", a "hunch", a "suppose", a mere theory drawn from direct facts.
Learn how to protect yourself from opponents who try to improperly use circumstantial evidence.
Learn that just having a document your believe "proves" something doesn't mean that document will be admitted into evidence!
Learn how to authenticate evidence.
Learn how to keep your opponent's unauthenticated evidence "out".
Learn how to apply all the teachings in this course.
Learn how to prepare for trial.
Learn what needs to be done at trial.
Know how to do it (if your haven't won before trial by carefully following the teachings in my course).
Learn how to prevent your opponent or his or her lawyers from writing orders for the judge to sign.
Learn how to stop it or, at least, control it if it happens.
Learn how to get paid after winning.
Learn what must be done before final judgment and what you must do after final judgment to get your money!
Learn how to negotiate for better settlements, more money, better conditions.
Know when and how to proceed.
Know how to get the most possible from your opponent.
Preparing for Appeal
Learn how to prepare for appeal while your case is ongoing.
Know how to minimize the possibility of being required to appeal while multiplying your chance for victory during the trial phase.
Learn that not every court has authority to hear and rule on every case.
Learn about jurisdiction, the power of courts to hear and rule on issues brought before them for resolution.
Learn (if your weren't already convinced) that your cannot trust lawyers.
You cannot trust your own (if you have one).
You certainly cannot trust the lawyer representing your opponent.
See a lawyer's inside view of his own profession.
Beware of the sharks!
Review what you learned in all the preceding videos.
Learn how to continue on with the rest of this course.
See once again how all the parts fit together.
Know that justice is not free.
Know that "true justice" is constantly on trial.
Know this is true not only here but in every nation on the planet.
Know how to use this fact to win your case!
These video clips are just the beginning!
This is an introduction to the power your will find in the course.
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