Small claims court is a place where many people look to equalize the playing field against individuals, businesses, or partnerships that have wronged them in the past. According to information gathered by Laywers.com, your limitations range anywhere between $2,000 and $10,000 in small claims courts and hundreds of thousands of Americans end up there each year with a case. Many people cannot afford the cost of a lawyer to ensure their case is solid and well presented before the court and are left out in the cold as a result. Small claims courts are not nearly as simple as those television judges make it seem, fixing problems in 30 minutes on daytime television. If you are not fully prepared with the right paperwork, proof, and witnesses, you may end up worse off than before.
With this comprehensive guide to winning your small claims case without a lawyer, you will get just that – a complete run through of everything you need to know before you submit your case to the court and the subsequent information you need to win that case. Starting with a checklist of everything you need before you even look to file a claim, you will learn how the courts work and all of the legal jargon that will be thrown about during the court case process.
You will learn how to state a claim in formal documents and ultimately whether your case is in fact any good before you file it. Different approaches to more than fifteen different kinds of small claims cases are provided, including breaches of contract, property damage, personal injury, defective products, breaches of warranty, nuisance claims, and many more. The limitations on monetary compensation in small claims court are outlined for you along with specific methods for how to calculate your own limits. You will learn how long you have to sue after an offense has occurred and how you can approach a settlement with the plaintiff outside of court. Different legal procedures for bringing legal action against individuals, couples, businesses, and corporations are provided and a detailed chapter about the various filing fees, court papers you need, and schedules you can look forward to is provided.
After hours of interviews with small claims court lawyers and successful defendants, an outline of the court case process has been devised and provided, including how to get ready for court, prepare your witnesses, and what you can expect on the day you are to be in court. You will learn the difference between various judgments the judge may provide and what options you have after the judgment is reached. For anyone looking into the option of taking legal action against a person or business, this book is an absolutely necessary resource that will ensure you are both prepared and fully educated about the process.