Winning a lawsuit doesn't happen by accident. You must prove your case. That's where Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California can help. If you're suing someone--or being sued--you'll learn how to explain the facts, present credible evidence, and convince the judge to rule for you, not your opponent. And you won't need to worry about being buried in forms. The 21st edition includes instructions for completing the paperwork, as well as the latest California laws, court procedures, and sample court forms.
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Basics of small claims court in California Do you have a good case? Can you collect your money if you win? How much should 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, & 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 Motor vehicle accident cases Landlord-tenant cases Miscellaneous cases Disputes between small businesses Judgment and appeal Collecting your money Legal research Appendix A: Major California consumer laws Appendix B: Legal jargon for California small claims court.