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Can you do it yourself? Yes.
Should you? Probably not.
The reason judges don't like it when people represent themselves isn't because they are trying to make more work for lawyers it is because when someone is pro se it creates more work for the judge.
In this case the judge will almost certainly extend the time if you have a lawyer whereas if you don't your chancs are 50-50.
The lawyer will be able to do the case law research quickly and provide it to the judge.
Understood. Will I need a better excuse other than i just "messed up"?
Judge's don't like to grant defaults when a lawyer is involved.
Not if that is the only excuse you have.
Did you put it in the mail on Friday?
By any chance?
I wish I could say that, but I took it in person on Monday.
If you hire a lawyer the judge is probably going to deny their motion, if you don't then he may grant it so it is a lot of money to take a cahnce with.
Understood. I'll do it tomorrow.
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No. Thank you.