Unpublished opinions are a wonderful source of well-settled law and the legal principals upon which it is based. One such recent case is Estate of Hickey. Hickey involved the frivolous appeal of various probate court orders by a self-represented non-attorney. If you are self-represented and are considering an appeal of an order or judgment which you intent to prosecute yourself – the opinion is suggested required reading. Hopefully your eyes will be opened to the difficulties and danger you face as an untrained and unskilled appellant. You will decide, instead, to retain qualified counsel — to help you decide whether an appeal is in your best interests and, if so, to draft your opening brief.