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Your Small Claims Court Companion
Legal Jargon Defned
How to Use Tis Book
Do You Have a Good Case?
Stating Your Claim on Your Court Papers
But Is My Case Really Any Good?
How to Approach a Breach of Contract Case
How to Approach a Property Damage Case
How to Approach a Personal Injury (and Mental Distress) Case
How to Approach a Breach of Warranty Case
How to Approach a Professional Malpractice Case
How to Approach a Nuisance Case
Can You Collect Your Money If You Win?
How Much Can You Sue For?
Cutting Down a Claim to Fit Under the Limit
Splitting Small Claims Court Cases
How to Calculate the Exact Amount of Your Claim
Statute of Limitations Periods
Calculating the Statute of Limitations
How to Settle Your Dispute
Try to Talk Out Your Dispute
Mediate Your Dispute
Write Down the Terms of Any Settlement
Agreement Just Before Court Hearing
Who Can Sue?
Married Couples
Sole Proprietorships
Business Partnerships
Corporations
Limited Liability Companies
Nonprofts and Unincorporated Associations
Motor Vehicle Claims
Government Agencies
Suits by Minors
Class Actions (Group Lawsuits)
Participation by Attorneys and Bill Collectors
Who Can Be Sued?
How to Sue One Person
How to Sue Two or More People
How to Sue an Individually Owned Business
How to Sue a Partnership
How to Sue a Corporation or Limited Liability Company (LLC)
How to Name Defendants in a Motor Vehicle Accident Case
How to Sue Minors
How to Sue Government Agencies
How to Sue the Estates of Deceased People
Where Can You Sue?
Where to Sue Out-of-State Defendants
Where to Sue Defendants in Your State
What Happens If You Are Sued in the Wrong Small Claims Court?
How Much Does It Cost?
Filling Out Your Court Papers and Getting Your Court Date
Te Defendant’s Forms
Jury Trials
Changing a Court Date
How to Serve Papers on a Business
How to Serve a Government Agency
Time Limits in Which the Plaintif’s Claim Must Be Served
How and When to Serve a Defendant’s Claim
How and When to Serve Subpoenas
Costs of Service
Te Defendant’s Options
Claim Tat You Weren’t Properly Served With Court Papers
Claim You Were Sued in the Wrong Small Claims Court
Claim You Were Sued After the Statute of Limitations Expired
You Have a Partial Defense—Try to Compromise
You Want to Avoid Confict—Try to Mediate
You Have Absolutely No Defense
You Want to Pay the Plaintif in Installments
If You, Not the Plaintif, Were Wronged— File a Defendant’s Claim
Have Your Case Transferred to Formal Court
Fight Back
Getting Ready for Court
Getting Help From a Private Lawyer
Mediation
Practice, Practice, Practice
Getting to the Courthouse
Court Times
Understanding the Courtroom and Basic Procedure
Dealing With Your Opponent
Dealing With the Judge or Commissioner
Organizing Your Testimony and Evidence
Witnesses
Who Makes a Good Witness
Subpoenaing Witnesses
Subpoenaing Police Ofcers
Subpoenaing Documents
Witness Testimony by Letter
Judges as Witnesses
Testimony by Telephone
Your Day in Court
If Your Opponent Doesn’t Show Up
Contested Cases
A Sample Contested Case
Don’t Forget to Ask for Your Costs
Motor Vehicle Repair Cases
Have You Sufered a Loss?
Can You Prove the Defendant’s Negligence Caused Your Loss?
Motor Vehicle Purchase Cases
New Vehicles
Used Vehicle Dealers
Used Vehicles From Private Parties
Small Claims Court Is a Good Place to Sue on Bad Debts
Who Should Appear in Court?
Bad Debt Cases From the Plaintif’s Point of View
Debt Cases From the Debtor’s Point of View
Vehicle Accident Cases
Who Can Sue Whom?
Was Tere a Witness to the Accident?
Police Accident Reports
Determining Fault
Diagrams
Photos
Estimates
Your Demand Letter
Appearing in Court
Landlord-Tenant Cases
Security Deposit Cases
Unpaid Rent, Rent Withholding, and Other Money Damage Cases
Drug Dealing and Other Crimes
Te Obnoxious Landlord
Te Landlord’s Right of Entry and the Tenant’s Right of Privacy
Discrimination
Evictions
Miscellaneous Cases
Clothing (Alteration and Cleaning)
Dog-Related Cases
Damage to Real Estate (Land, Buildings, and So On)
Police Brutality/False Arrest Cases
Defamation
Internet Purchases
Disputes Between Small Businesses
Remember: You Didn’t Always Hate the Other Guy
Organizing Your Case
Te Drama of the Distraught Designer
Old Friends Fall Out
File Satisfaction of Judgment After Payment
Te Appeal
Collecting Your Money
Te Timing of Collecting Your Money
How to Collect
If Installment Payments Aren’t Made
Collecting a Judgment Against a Government Agency
Finding the Debtor’s Assets
Judgments Stemming From Auto Accidents
Creating Property Liens
Recovering Collection Costs and Interest
Renew Your Judgment
Legal Research
Local Laws
State Laws
Case Law
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