Small claims court is designed to help small business owners or individuals take a small case to court without having to pay the super expensive legal fees.
Learning the Process
You have to know the dollar amount limit you can sue up to in your state. In most states, there is a limit on the amount that can be taken to a small claims court. Search your state name and “small claims court” to figure out this amount.
Learn About the Defendant
If you have any relevant information on the defendant, you can use those details in court. Addresses, phone numbers, business types, or trade names are all examples of the information you would need to file a claim against an individual. The court has to have a way to find the person to serve them with a summons. If the court can’t find the defendant, the person can’t be served, nor can you get any money from them.
Bring a Witness
Make sure your witness or witnesses are credible. Stick to the subject at hand. If a witness is reluctant to appear, get the court to issue a subpoena (an order to come to court.)
Of course, there is never a guarantee that you will win a lawsuit and get the money you’re owed, but using these tips can help you increase your chances of that win.