Small claims court offers ordinary people the chance to resolve small disputes at a low cost and without a lot of complication. With a little education, you can represent yourself from start to finish in small claims court. Learn how here.
There is a limit on the amount of money you can ask for in a small claims court case. Generally the limit is between $3,000 and $10,000, but it depends on your state. Recently, there has been a trend toward increasing small claims court limits. Read on to find out the limit in your state.
Small claims courts primarily resolve relatively small monetary disputes. Lawsuits in small claims court are limited to between $3,000 and $10,000, depending on your state -- for your state's limit, see How Much Can I Sue For in Small Claims Court?. However, not all types of claims are allowed in small
Whether you are suing or being sued, the key to winning in small claims court is to show up with evidence that supports your side of the story. After all, the judge doesn't know you or your opponent -- so if you disagree over what happened, the judge may have a hard time deciding whom to believe. But, if you bring eyewitnesses, photographs, letters, contracts, and/or other types of evidence to court, you can tip the scales in your favor.
In small claims court -- or for that matter any court -- it's essential that you organize what you have to say and the documents and/or other physical evidence you wish to show the judge. Do this by dividing your testimony into a list of the several main points you want to make. Under each heading, note
If you are unhappy with the outcome of your small claims court trial, you usually have the right to file an appeal. How Much Time Do I Have to Appeal? Many states allow either party to appeal a small claims court decision within a short period of time, usually between 10 and 30 days. In some states,
I just had my kitchen redone. The contractor messed up in two places, installing the floor tile unevenly and botching some of the electrical work. I just paid $10,000 to have his inept work repaired. I want to sue in small claims court, but in my state (California) the maximum is $7,500. Because the contractor did more than one thing wrong, can I simply file two $5,000 lawsuits?
Six months ago, I let a friend charge a stereo on my credit card with the agreement that he would pay me back in increments. Now, he has moved and not bothered to contact me. The only way I know of to get in touch with him is to leave messages for him at work. What is my recourse for recovering the money -- approximately $1,400?