AIthough not required, it would be advisable to be represented by an attorney in the state where your lawsuit is filed since that attorney is a member of that state bar and should be familiar with the court procedures and rules.
Although many judges allow telephone court appearances, in the event a personal appearance is required, it would be very expensive if your attorney has to travel to another state for that purpose.
Therefore, it is advisable to be represented by an attorney in the state where your lawsuit is filed.
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