9781413324907 (paperback) 1413324908 (paperback) 9781413324914 (epub ebook)
"You don't need a lawyer to win in small claims court -- you need to know how to prepare and present your own case. Smart preparation for your day in court can make the difference between receiving a check and writing one. Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court provides the information, tips, and strategies you need to sue someone successfully or put up a wining defense in any state. Find out how to: file and serve papers, mediate an out-of-court settlement, prepare evidence to support your case, decide how much to sue for, line up persuasive witnesses, present a winning case, and collect money when you win. The 17th edition includes the latest procedures for small claim courts in every state. You'll also find sample letters, legal forms, and a statute of limitations chart that will help you determine when you must file your case." -- Back cover.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Basics of a small claims court Do you have a good case? Can you collect money if you win? How much can you sue for? When should you sue? Settling your dispute Who can sue? Suing different kinds of defendants Where can you sue? Filing fees, court papers, and court dates Serving your papers The defendant's options Getting ready for court Witnesses Your day in court Motor vehicle repair cases Motor vehicle purchase cases Bad debts : initiating and defending cases Vehicle accident cases Landlord-tenant cases Miscellaneous cases Disputes between small businesses Judgment and appeal Collecting your money Legal research.