Small claims court provides a place where you can go to get back money that someone owes you. In small claims court, trials are informal. The purpose of small claims court is to provide an informal, uncomplicated proceeding to resolve small disputes that do not involve enough money to warrant the expense of formal litigation. There is only one major restriction in small claims court; the amount involved cannot exceed $10,000.00.
So, do you need an attorney? If the amount involved is significant, or if you are not comfortable representing yourself, the assistance of an attorney may be a good idea. Even in small claims court, an attorney can often increase your chance of winning or advise you of opportunities to collect additional damages.
If you are not comfortable representing yourself or if you decide to present the case in small claims court yourself consider consulting The Law Office of Albert M. DiGregorio, Jr. before even filing your case. I can brief you on the law and give you specifics, such as any statute of limitations or legal time limits. I can advise you if you can ask for extra damages.
I may also help you figure out if you'll collect any judgment. If the other party doesn't have a job or any assets, a small claims case may be a waste of time.
I can also help you organize your case, and give you tips on strategy and tactics.