Waymark Law - Guiding your to Justice

Guiding You to Justice®

Six Waymarks to Guide You on Your Way

Our Story

When in 2007 the Provincial Government put in place a pilot project meant to help the growing number of people struggling with their family law problems, I signed up to help. For over a decade I acted as “Family Advice lawyer” almost every week, learning more and more as time went on about what Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs) need in order to reach a better quality of justice.

The Guidebook ‘Journey to Justice’ is one of the answers I came up with.

I went from thinking I was providing a “band-aid” service to people without lawyers to realizing just how well they could do on their own.

In January 2021, I decided to retire from litigation completely, including providing coaching and support to Self-Represented Litigants. It was a difficult decision, but made a little easier knowing that the guidebook I worked so hard to prepare for people facting court proceedings who don’t have a lawyer, “Journey to Justice: A Practical Guide to Effectively Representing Yourself in Court”, was still available to help them.

I learned so much from working with Self-Represented Litigants over the years and credit them for the book’s success.

Six Waymarks From Chaos to Convincing

  • Collect
  • Organize
  • Co-ordinate
  • Strategize
  • Prepare
  • Present

Six Waymarks to Guide You on Your Way

Collect

Gather up everything you think could be related to your case and put it in a box.

Strategize

Assess strengths and weaknesses.  Develop a representational theme, allocate resources strategically, list your tactics.

Organize

Sort everything in the box into the following categories:  documents, the law, evidence, witnesses and general.

Prepare

Write opening statement.  Prepare questions for witnesses.  Prepare witnesses.  Put together trial book.

Co-ordinate

Identify your issues, find the law which governs them.  Use this law to determine your evidence and witnesses.

Present

Deliver opening statement.  Conduct direct and cross exam. Know about common objections. Closing argument.