Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Small Claims Court

What is a small claims court? This is just simply a court that handles claims of $5000 and under.

This court will resolve civil disputes such as property and contract disagreements. The first step would be for you to determine if you think you have a case and enough evidence to support it.

You might want to consult with an attorney before you file your claim they can give you advice on gathering evidence and preparing the proper paperwork. In some states like Florida you can have a attorney represent you in the court.

Before you file suit collect enough evidence such as contracts, receipts, canceled checks, and even witness testimony if possible. This will go a long way in helping you win your case.

It is best to file your suit in the County where the dispute has occurred. You should prepare a statement of claim the County Clerk's office can help you with this. Once this is done you will have to serve the defendant with the statement. This can be done by having the clerk of courts mail it to them. Another option would be to have the sheriff of the county serve them with this paperwork there is usually a small fee for having this done by sheriff 's department. Remember when taking someone to the small claims court the better prepared you are with the necessary evidence the more chance you have to win your case.

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