The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $10,000.
Small claims cases in Texas are heard in the Small Claims Court (Justice Court).
For information on Texas's statute of limitations periods for claims related to written contracts, oral contracts, injuries, and property damage, see Nolo's 50-state Statutes of Limitations chart.
In Texas, the defendant must file a written answer with the court and serve a copy on the plaintiff. If the defendant was not served by publication, the answer is due by the end of the 14th day after the day the defendant was served with the citation. If the defendant was served by publication, the answer is due by the end of the 42nd day after the citation was issued. In either case, there are exceptions for weekends, holidays, and days the court is closed before 5:00 p.m.
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Texas.
Separate small claims courts have been abolished as of August 2013; both small claims cases and evictions are heard in Justice Court. Evictions cases are governed by Rules 500-507 and 510 of Part V of the Rules of Civil Procedure
In Texas, either party may demand a jury trial by filing a request at no later than 14 days before the hearing.
For more information about Texas small claims court, see http://texaslawhelp.org/issues/consumer/small-claims-court.
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