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Small Claims Court

Chart: Statutes of Limitations in All 50 States

Chart: Statutes of Limitations in All 50 States Know the time limits for filing a lawsuit (statutes of li

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An Overview of Small Claims Court

If your only court experience is watching Judge Judy, then youre going to be in for a big surprise if you ever take a real case to a real small claims...

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How to Sue a Government Agency in Small Claims Court

Many states have special rules and procedures that must be followed before a suit can be brought against a state or local government agency.

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Naming Your Defendant in a Small Claims Lawsuit

You are allowed to sue just about any defendant–a person, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, LLC, or government entity–in small claims...

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Get Your Settlement in Writing

Whenever you and the opposing party in a dispute agree to a settlement, either on your own or with the help of a mediator, it's important to promptly ...

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Reducing or Splitting Your Claim to Meet Small Claims Court Limits

The maximum amount for which you can sue–or be sued–in small claims court varies from state to state. For example, it's $7,500 in Minnesota, $2,50...

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Can You Collect Your Money If You Win Your Small Claims Case?

One of the most important questions to consider before you decide to sue anyone is the following: If I win my small claims case, can I collect the jud...

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Personal Injury (and Mental Distress) Cases in Small Claims Court

Most personal injury cases are based on a claim that someone has been negligent (careless), which resulted in personal injury to another person.

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Property Damage Cases in Small Claims Court

One significant category of small claims disputes involves property damage cases.

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Collecting From a Judgment Debtor: Wage Garnishment, Property Liens, and Bank Account Levys

Collecting your small claims judgment is less difficult if the judgment debtor has some money or property and you know where it is.

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How To Collect Your Money in a Small Claims Case

You won your case in small claims court. Congratulations! You undoubtedly want to collect every penny from the opposing party, pronto.

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Breach of Contract Cases in Small Claims Court

A significant number of small claims cases involve breach of contract cases.

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