The article below is for filers without lawyers. The article contains available resources for assistance with legal help and forms. If you are unable to find the correct forms or help, it is recommended to find your court's local website or contact the court for assistance.
If you don't have a lawyer and need to represent yourself in court, you are called a self-represented litigant or a pro se or pro per party.
Do you need help finding what documents to file?
Option 1: Visit the Nevada Guide & File site to see if there is a guided interview for the type of case you need to file. You can e-file directly at the end of some of the interviews. (If you can't e-file at the end, save your documents and follow the instructions in the next section to e-file.) Below are links to some of the most popular case types. Note, most of these interviews are for Clark County, but some may be used in other counties, too.
- Joint Petition for Divorce, Divorce Complaint, or Child Custody Complaint
- Adult Name Change
- Small Claims Complaint and Collecting a Judgment for Money
- Summary Eviction: Tenant's Answer
- Request to Waive Court Fees
Option 2: If you don't find what you need on the Nevada Guide & File site, visit the sites below to find the right forms. Below are links to some of the most popular case types. After you prepare your documents, follow the instructions in the next section.
- Clark County: Civil Law Self-Help Center and Family Law Self-Help Center
- Washoe County: Forms and Packets
- Other Nevada Counties: State of Nevada Self-Help Center
Do you have your documents ready but need to e-file them? (Instructions below are only for Clark and Washoe Counties.)
- Make sure your documents are in PDF format for e-filing. If you used a fill-in PDF form that lets you type in answers, you may need to do a "Print to PDF" before you can e-file your forms. Click here to learn how to turn documents into PDFs or do a "Print to PDF."
- Visit the eFileNV site to file your documents electronically. If you created an account on the Nevada Guide & File site, you can use the same login on the eFileNV site.
- To learn how to file a new case, click here to read how or click here to watch a video.
- To learn how to file into an existing case, click here to read how or click here to watch a video.
- Here are step by step instructions on e-filing provided by the Clark County Self-Help Centers.
Do you need more legal help?
Click the links below for more information.
- Information about Court Basics and Preparing for Court
- Legal Research: How to do it, Supreme Court of Nevada Law Library, Clark County Law Library, Washoe County Law Library
- Legal aid providers (you must qualify for help based on your income): Nevada Legal Services, NevadaLawHelp.org, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
- Find a lawyer through the State Bar of Nevada Lawyer Referral Service