APSA Membership FAQs

by Sherri L. Renner, J.D.

Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions about membership in the Association for Pro Se Advancement. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know by using the easy-peasy contact button at the bottom of this page.

How much does membership cost?

We have 3 membership levels: Free, All Access ($12/month) and All Access Plus ($47/month). You can change your membership level at any time.

What benefits are included in the Free Membership?

  • Access to the members-only social platform where you can ask questions and provide feedback.
  • Limited access to groups, which are helpful for organizing discussions and documents by topic and jurisdiction

What benefits are included in All Access Membership?

  • Access to the members-only social platform
  • Access to all members-only topic groups (i.e., appeals, evidence, civil procedure, family, bankruptcy, etc.)
  • Access to all members-only state-focused groups
  • Access to Tuesday Community Workshops via Zoom
  • Coaching
  • Discounted premium workshops
  • Discounted self-study courses

What benefits are included in All Access PLUS Membership?

All benefits listed above plus a 30-minute “check-in” with Sherri every month. 

How are the membership fees billed?

  • Membership fees are auto-billed monthly.
  • You can change your membership level at any time.
  • You can cancel your membership at any time. If you have issues with cancellation, send an email to info@lawyouamerica.com.
  • The rate you pay when you join remains the same as long as you maintain your membership without interruption.


What is LawYou’s refund policy?

We are unable to offer refunds. Our product is time + information + expertise, which are things that cannot be returned and resold. 


Because litigation is adversarial by design, we have established some policies with the specific intention of securing your privacy.

We understand:

  • …that litigation is not a solitary endeavor. There are the judge, the other court personnel, and the opposing party, attorney, and their allies.
  • …that parties and attorneys routinely use internet resources to discover information about other parties and attorneys.
  • …that many of the people we help through LawYou are survivors of domestic violence or intimate partner abuse and are vulnerable to stalking and harassment.
  • …that your privacy and the confidentiality of your identity are of the utmost importance. To protect you and to prevent misuses of LawYou by cyberstalkers and others, we have established certain policies and procedures.


How much of my personal info is made public?

  • No part of your member profile is visible to the general public.
  • The only part of your member profile that is visible to other members is your nickname. To protect your privacy, you must create a nickname that does not identify you. That means you should avoid using:
    • real names or initials
    • children’s names or initials
    • pets’ names
    • significant dates, such as birthdays
    • references to occupations or hobbies


How is my identity protected during  Zoom workshops?

  • You do not have to use your webcam to participate.
  • You do not have to use your voice because you may comment using your keyboard with the chat function.
  • You do not have to use your real name.
  • We do not record these workshops and prohibit others from recording them, as well.


Are the discussion forums set up like Facebook or other social media?

  • Somewhat. Discussions among members are important. But there is no private messaging and your contact information is not available to other members.
  • No group or forum is visible to the general public, so nothing that you post in them will be accessible to nonmembers.
  • Similar to the guidelines for creating nicknames, in your posts, comments, document uploads, etc., we ask that you take care to not divulge personal details that could be used to identify you.
  • You can change your nickname whenever you want.


How does the membership fee help protect my privacy?

The membership fee:

  • …makes it possible for us to decline to open the member site to general advertisers.
  • …makes it possible for us to refuse to put you on a list that could be sold to other businesses.
  • …acts as a “speed bump” in front of those who seek to stalk and harass.


Does LawYou have a Privacy Policy and Terms of Use?

Yes. You can find our Privacy Policy here and our Terms of Use here.

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Sherri Renner, J.D., is the founder of LawYou America. She fully dedicates her education and years of litigation experience to helping the self-represented.

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