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Introduction
Basic Considerations and Questions
What is Small Claims Court?
Is Small Claims Court Your Best Option?
Have You Tried to Settle the Dispute Yourself?
Have You Considered Mediation?
Where Can You Obtain More Information and Advice?
Who Can File or Defend a Claim?
Can Someone Else Represent You?
Can Your Spouse Represent You?
If You’re the Plaintiff
Have You Asked for the Money or the Property?
How Much Money Does Your Dispute Involve?
Where Do You File Your Case?
How Quickly Must You File Your Case?
What Forms Do You Need to File?
How Do You Name the Defendant?
Locating the Other Party
Telephone and City Directories
U.S. Postal Service Records
Secretary of State Records
Department of Motor Vehicles Records
County Business Records
City Business Records
If You’re the Defendant
Responding to the Lawsuit
What if You Owe All or Part of the Plaintiff’s Claim?
What if You Can’t Resolve the Dispute Informally?
What if You Can’t Attend the Court Hearing?
What if the Service of Process Rules Weren’t Followed?
What if the Plaintiff Hasn’t Filed in a Proper Court?
What If the Plaintiff Owes YOU Money?
Plaintiffs and Defendants
Making the Best of Your Day in Court
Resolving Your Dispute Before the Hearing
Gathering the Documents You Need
Arranging for Your Witnesses
Hearing Before a Temporary Judge
Presenting Your Claim or Defense
Asking for Court Costs
The Judgment
Receiving the Judge’s Decision
Judgment Against a Party Who Doesn’t Come to the Hearing
Setting Aside a Judgment Against a Party Who Didn’t Come to the Hearing
Correcting an Error or Appealing a Small Claims Court Judgment
Re-Hearing Before a Different Judge on Appeal
Collecting or Satisfying the Judgment
Options for a Judgment Debtor
How a Judgment Creditor Can Enforce a Judgment
Prohibited Debt Collection Practices
Once the Judgment Debt is Paid
Glossary of Terms
Checklist
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Small Claims - Practical Guide

Small Claims - Practical Guide

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