Sometimes, even Estate Planning attorneys go to court. The hearings I usually attend are very brief, and I observe hearings from other cases until mine comes up. Some people (who do not hire a lawyer) think that when their case first comes before a judge, they can explain the unfairness of it all, and have a chance at victory. Unfortunately, you can lose a lawsuit without ever even being invited to a hearing– so long as you ignore the proper paperwork. By the time the other side drags you into court, it is too late to talk about fairness or amounts you owe. At that point, they just want to ask about the equity in your home (and the Judge will help them). Do yourself a favor: if you get sued, pay attention to the early phases of the lawsuit.