Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California

Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California

by Ralph Warner
     
 

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Evaluate your claim, figure out your best course of action and represent yourself in small claims court with this definitive guide

Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California gives you step-by-step instructions to bring or defend your case. From preparing evidence and lining up persuasive witnesses, to making a presentation in court and

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Evaluate your claim, figure out your best course of action and represent yourself in small claims court with this definitive guide

Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California gives you step-by-step instructions to bring or defend your case. From preparing evidence and lining up persuasive witnesses, to making a presentation in court and collecting the money you're awarded, this plain English book leads you through the entire process of going to court without a lawyer. Plus, it's the only book around that helps you factor in out-of-court issues, such as personal relationships, to help you determine whether going to court is worth the potential for recovery.

Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California shows you how to:

  • evaluate whether you have a winning case
  • mediate a settlement
  • determine how much to sue for
  • write your demand letter
  • file and serve papers
  • prepare evidence and witnesses for court
  • plan a winning courtroom strategy
  • convince the judge that you are right
  • collect your money when you win

    This edition is updated with the latest rules and statutes for California's small claims courts, including instructions for accessing local courts and finding out their procedures.

  • Editorial Reviews

    From the Publisher
    "Walks you through the halls of small justice and explains how to file a claim, figure damages and argue your case effectively." Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
    Los Angeles Times
    "Warner's book takes you by the hand through all the potential pitfalls of trying your own case."
    Associated Press
    "Step-by-step advice on how to prepare your case, how to file it, and perhaps most importantly, how to collect if you win."
    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
    "Walks you through the halls of small justice and explains how to file a claim, figure damages and argue your case effectively."
    San Jose Mercury News
    Get information on how to prepare your case, win in court and collect your money from Nolo's Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California.
    Booklist
    High costs can be avoided and justice can still be had. This guide lays it all out.... It's all written in lay person's English.... Don't pass this up.
    Orange County Register
    A step-by-step guide for making the legal system work for you.
    Associated Press Staff
    Step-by-step advice on how to prepare your case, how to file it, and perhaps most importantly, how to collect if you win.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9781413321722
    Publisher:
    NOLO
    Publication date:
    07/22/2015
    Edition description:
    Twentieth Edition
    Pages:
    464
    Sales rank:
    587,311
    Product dimensions:
    6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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    From the Publisher

    "Walks you through the halls of small justice and explains how to file a claim, figure damages and argue your case effectively." Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine

     

    Meet the Author

    Ralph Warner, a pioneer of the do-it-yourself law movement, co-founded Nolo in 1971. He began publishing do-it-yourself law books after numerous publishers rejected them. Warner holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Princeton.

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