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Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California

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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. ...

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Overview

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.

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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."
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.
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."
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.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413316865
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: Nineteenth Edition
  • Edition number: 19
  • Pages: 470
  • Sales rank: 335,257
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph  Warner is widely recognized as a pioneer of the do-it-yourself law movement, Warner founded Nolo with Ed Sherman in 1972. He began publishing do-it-yourself law books written by him and his colleagues 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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Table of Contents

Your Small Claims Court Companion
1 In the Beginning
2 Do You Have a Good Case?
3 Can You Collect Your Money If You Win?
4 How Much Should You Sue For?
5 When Should You Sue?
6 Settling Your Dispute
7 Who Can Sue?
8 Suing Different Kinds of Defendants
9 Where Can You Sue?
10 Filing Fees, Court Papers & Court Dates
11 Serving Your Papers
12 The Defendant’s Options
13 Getting Ready for Court
14 Witnesses
15 Your Day in Court
16 Motor Vehicle Repair Cases
17 Motor Vehicle Purchase Cases
18 Bad Debts: Initiating and Defending Cases in Which
19 Vehicle Accident Cases
20 Landlord-Tenant Cases
21 Miscellaneous Cases
22 Disputes Between Small Businesses
23 Judgment and Appeal
24 Collecting Your Money
25 Legal Research
Appendix: Major California Consumer Laws
Index

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