Do I need an attorney or may I represent myself?

You may represent yourself.  You are not required to have an attorney and you are not entitled to have an attorney appointed for you.  You may, however, hire an attorney to represent you at your own expense.

Cases before APD are official legal proceedings and they can be complicated.  We understand that, and we try to make the process, hearings, and orders as straightforward as possible.  However, we also encourage those with complicated cases and who cannot afford an attorney to reach out to your local bar association or Legal Aid Society in your county or region.

Regarding businesses that may be a party in a case … if you are the owner of a sole proprietorship, you may also self-represent your business.  If a party in a case is a separate legal entity, such as an LLC or corporation, representatives of those business entities may testify in hearings.  However, those representatives may not act as an attorney for cross-examination of witnesses, make opening or closing statements, etc.