The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $7,000, but there is no limit for property damage caused by a motor vehicle.
Small claims cases in Massachusetts are heard in the Small Claims Division, Boston municipal court; elsewhere, Small Claims Section (District Court).
For information on Massachusetts's statute of limitation periods for claims related to written contracts, oral contracts, injuries, and property damage, see Nolo's 50-state Statutes of Limitations chart.
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Massachusetts.
Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Massachusetts, but must be heard by a higher court.
In Massachusetts, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court, except upon appeal.
For more information about Massachusetts small claims court, see http://www.mass.gov/courts/selfhelp/small-claims/.
Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).
Updated: October 1, 2015