How does your general decision making process go? Do you use common sense, logic, and other data points from the circumstances at hand? Hopefully so. When it comes to legal matters, do try and make the best informed decisions you can make. A lot of outcomes teeter on this fact.
Sometimes it is best to go DIY mode (do it yourself). Other times it is truly not. Other times you should seek professional assistance for you do not know the ins and outs of the task at hand. When it comes to legal matters, do not mess around. You may not want to risk the results if you do not have representation up front.
If something you or your family is facing has to do with elder abuse or neglect, seek out elder abuse legal representation. Do not try and do it yourself. Unless this is something terribly unfortunate you have done before–leave the professional legal work to your lawyer. They have handled cases like this before and know the best course of action to proceed. Afterall, you are seeking justice, safety, and a good environment for your loved one. Hiring a professional allows you for more time to focus on what matters in the moment. Let the attorney clean up the mess of the past, seeking justice.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, consider DIY. There are resources online that can guide you in the right direction. Learn as much as you can about the topic, the court procedures, how everything works really. Some courthouses have a self help area that can be of assistance to you. One of the first questions they will ask is if you have any legal representation. Most courts are strict about this, that if you have an attorney on file for the case you are inquiry for help on next steps, they will not speak to you. This is to ensure that the resources self help has to offer are used for those who really are in pro per.
Weigh out the pros and cons quickly, for you will want to waste no time for your pursuit of justice in the legal system. Maybe proceeding in pro per is best. Maybe legal counsel is best. Think on it and seek some advice from trusted family or friends. Sometimes the matter comes down to: time or money. It can be a difficult choice to make, but it can also be quite rewarding and relieving at the same time.