The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $5,000.
Small claims cases in Missouri are heard in the Small Claims Division (Circuit Court).
For information on Missouri'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.
In Missouri, the defendant may file a written answer in person within ten days after service of process and any time before the hearing, but only if a counterclaim is being filed. Otherwise, an answer is not required.
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Missouri.
Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Missouri, but must be heard by a higher court.
In Missouri, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court.
For more information about Missouri small claims court, see http://www.mobar.org/uploadedFiles/Home/Publications/Legal_Resources/Brochures_and_Booklets//small%20claims.pdf or http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=704.
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