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Posted January 19, 2010
This is the perfect step-by-step book on what to do if you think you have a case that you want to take to small claims court. It starts with basic definitions of what a small claims court is, what types of cases are usually tried there and advice on how to know if you have a sound case or not.
It is broken into chapters, each addressing a key issue involved with going to small claims court. The first few chapters include what you will need to do to prepare for small claims court. There are many good examples of "demand letters" which is the first step in beginning the process of going to small claims court. The author also includes many good resources that you can use to help determine if you actually need to go to small claims court.
Subsequent chapters deal with many special issues, such as what types of things can go wrong in court, such as countersuits and counterclaims. The author examines an exhaustive list of the types of cases that can be brought to small claims court, very helpful if you aren't sure if you even have a case or not. The author goes through how to get organized for court, including how to budget your time and what kind of paperwork you will need to have prepared. Next topics such as: problems that arise before your court date, preparing for the actual day in court, how to select an expert witness, and what to do if you lose your case are discussed.
The appendices are extremely helpful. There is a glossary of terms which covers pretty much any word that you may need to know in reference to small claims court. The appendices also include a state by state listing of the most important information for each state's small claims court. And if that isn't enough information for you, then the author also includes Web sites for each state where you can find further resources.
The best part about this book are the many examples of documents and letters provided that you can use as a guide when creating your own case. Also the author included a large number of outside resources and Web sites that are extremely helpful to someone who is trying to go through this process without a lawyer.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who may be considering taking a case to small claims court, I can't imagine a more comprehensive guide.
Posted January 19, 2010
Did you ever have a dispute and wanted to sue? If so, "How to Win your Case in Small Claims Court" by Charlie Mann is an essential resource for individuals not familiar with the court system as well as individuals who need a refresher before appearing in court. The book is a detailed manual which clearly explains the numerous aspects of preparing your court case.
The book discusses how to prepare and file court documents, subpoena individuals, present your case, hire expert witnesses (if necessary) as well as steps on how to collect your judgement and closing your case. Also, the book includes websites, law terminology and examples of documents which are vital for presenting and winning your case.
The book provides very relevant information and provides step-by-step instructions on how to win a court case. It is not just an informational book for individuals who do not have a legal background but also valuable resources for individuals who reside in any state. Overall, I give the book 4 stars-it provides sufficient information about small claims court cases but it does not take the place of obtaining the advice and guidance of an attorney.
Posted January 8, 2010
How to Win Your Case In Small Claims Court Without a Lawyer by Charlie Mann offers the reader aid in performing all the necessary tasks needed to win a case. Mann takes the reader from analyzing a case, to arguing it in court, and finally to collecting payment if the case is successful. He even helps the reader if the case is unsuccessful by providing useful information on filing for appeals or for a second trial. Mann guides the inexperienced through the entire procedure, explaining legal rules and pointing out differences in law between different states, all the while using examples from actual cases to illustrate his points. At the end of each chapter is a brief summary which captures the main points of that chapter.
The writing is easily accessible to anyone. The legal terms are well-explained and there is an appendix at the back of the book that provides definitions for any legal term used in small claims court. Since legal proceedings are different in every state, Mann also provides a summary of each state's small claims court laws, including the monetary limit for a case and general statute of limitations. All in all, this is an excellent resource for anyone who finds themselves in a small claims lawsuit, whether as the plaintiff or the defendant.
Posted December 22, 2009
With the recession in full force, those who wish to bring a claim to small claims court may wish to forgo the expense of a lawyer and represent themselves. However, this can be a confusing and time-consuming process. Luckily, Charlie Mann has written a clear, concise guide that allows nearly anyone to confidently prosecute their own case.
This step-by-step manual walks would-be claimants through the entire process, from making sure you have a case to finishing up the paperwork afterward. Mann provides online and traditional resources for those who wish to research the subject further, as well as samples of subpoenas and other documents claimants will need during the process. There's even a glossary of legal terms, a must-have for any small-claims newbie.
So if you're faced a situation where you need to go to small claims court but can't afford a lawyer, this book is definitely worth its weight in gold. Definitely worth the investment!
Posted December 21, 2009
This book by Charlie Mann will help you do just that-win your case in small claims court. The book also explains how to collect your money, whether you were going after someone who owed you a debt or seeking compensation for property damage. The chapters on collecting the debt are all too often left out in "how-to" books and on television, but not here.
Hiring a lawyer is too expensive for most small-claims cases, by carefully reading this book; YOU can do it yourself with confidence. Mann wrote the book after dozens of interviews with successful small claims court lawyers and litigants. You do need to be prepared, as Mann repeatedly points out, and step-by-step, Mann leads you through the preparation process. Filing the proper paperwork, bringing the right witnesses and documents and how to get them admitted into evidence are all covered.
The glossary of legal terms, list of resources by state and a list of various internet sites where a litigant can find information is worth the price of the book. The author provides every resource the small claims litigant will need to win a case. If you want to win your case, buy this book, follow the instructions and use all the resources, including asking questions, which the author recommends.
Posted November 30, 2009
How to Win Your Case In Small Claims Court Without a Lawyer by Charlie Mann offers easy-to-understand information covering all aspects of the claims process, from analyzing a case to preparing for challenges, to actually participating in court. Mann's inclusion of Chapter 15, "Winning Is Only Half the Battle," makes the book exceptionally complete. Mann also provides an additional service to readers by including state-specific information in Appendix B, making the book an indispensable guide for every reader.
Mann writes the book in a conversational, friendly tone and masters the art of simplifying complex subjects for diverse audiences. His use of checklists, sample letters, end-of-chapter summaries makes this book easy to read. How to Win Your Case In Small Claims Court Without a Lawyer is an incredibly useful guide for anyone considering taking a case to small claims court. The book empowers the general public by disseminating information in a clear, thorough manner.
Posted January 19, 2010
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