Skaug Law - April 2020

Why Shouldn’t I Represent Myself in Court? 3 Reasons to Leave It to the Professionals

YOUR EMOTIONS WILL GET IN THE WAY. One of the best reasons to hire an attorney to defend you is to get someone in your corner who isn’t emotionally invested in the case. The best attorneys can use the facts of your case to create a compelling defense without getting bogged down by the emotions involved. Trying to emotionally divest yourself from the case in order to defend yourself is nearly impossible, and more likely than not, you’ll end up resorting to emotional arguments that won’t sway the judge and jury. THE JUDGE AND COURT STAFF CAN’T HELP YOU. Defending yourself is a lonely endeavor. The clerk responsible for managing records and providing information can’t help you actually fill out the forms or offer legal strategies. The judge can help you understand your rights and recommend you find council, but they’re prohibited from helping you beyond that. When you opt to not hire an attorney, you get rid of the one person who could guide you through any paperwork and offer advice on how to proceed in your case.

When it comes to fixing minor issues with your car or doing some basic home maintenance, you can probably get away with solving the problem yourself. When it comes to your legal defense in court however, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. What starts as an attempt to save money will quickly take a turn for the worse when you represent yourself in court. Consider these three major pitfalls. YOU COULD INCRIMINATE YOURSELF. While you might feel like you have a good grip on the facts of your case, that doesn’t mean you can convey them effectively to a judge and jury. In fact, some of the facts that you think could help your case might not actually be a legal defense. Presenting information in the incorrect format is the easiest way to incriminate yourself and, in turn, lose the case.

Don’t go through the headache of defending yourself only to lose your case. Give the attorneys at Skaug Law a call at (208) 466-0030.

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Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad Ingredients

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Kids’ Chance of Idaho is a nonprofit organization that helps the children of injured workers continue receiving important education when they otherwise may not have the means to. They provide scholarships for children ages 16-25 who have a parent who’s been gravely affected by a workplace injury, and as a result can no longer provide the monetary support their kids need in order to pursue and achieve their educational goals. Kids’ Chance organizations have collectively awarded 5,593 scholarships totaling over $16,592,000 across the country. The Idaho organization is currently accepting submissions for scholarships until April 15, 2020. Skaug Law supports Kids’ Chance of Idaho and all the incredible work they do. If you know a child in need of one of their scholarships, or if you’d like to support the organization directly, visit to learn more.

• 6 cups fresh arugula • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries • 1/2 avocado, cubed • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese

• 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 3 tbsp shallots, thinly sliced • 1 tbsp honey • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper to taste • 6 beets, peeled and quartered


1. Heat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 2. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, shallots, and honey. 3. Gradually whisk olive oil into the mixture and season with salt and pepper. 4. In a small bowl, toss the beets in dressing until they are coated. 5. Place coated beets on baking sheet and roast them for 12 minutes. Set the beets aside and allow them to cool. 6. In a large bowl, toss arugula, walnuts, and berries with the remaining vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. 7. Top salad with beets, avocado, and goat cheese.


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