Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Legal Matters

  • Consider seeking free assistance from community offices

Small claims court:

Before deciding to take a case to small claims court:

  • Determine dollar amount of your claim permissible amounts vary by location
  • Ensure you’re suing the right party, including getting their name right

Before going to small claims court:

  • Thoroughly review your case
  • Think about what to tell the judge
  • Make an outline and/or notes to refer to during your presentation
  • Be prepared to prove (e.g., with documents, witnesses):
    • Value of items/services
    • Cost to repair damage
    • Your credibility

Take:

  • All appropriate documents

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