Category: Small Claims Court

Choosing to Sue in Small Claims Court: When Is It Appropriate?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 26, 2009

Small Claims Court handles civil cases where the plaintiff (person or entity who sues) is asking for $7,500 or less from the defendant(person or entity being sued). Disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively in Small Claims Court.* Although you can ask a lawyer’s advice before or after the court hearing, in California you are not allowed to have a lawyer represent you at the Small Claims Court Hearing. The hearing is relatively informal: no lawyers, no rules of evidence, no juries. A judge, or a judge pro tem, will hear and decide your case. Why Do I Occasionally Advise Clients To Go To Small Claims Court? Why… Read More

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