Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court

Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court

by Ralph Warner Attorney, Editors of Nolo

Paperback(Sixteenth)

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Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court by Ralph Warner Attorney, Editors of Nolo

You don’t need a lawyer to win in small claims court—you need to know how to prepare and present your own case. Smart Win your small claims case

You don’t need a lawyer to win in small claims court—you need to know how to prepare and present your own case. Smart preparation for your day in court can make the difference between receiving a check and writing one.

Everybody’s Guide to Small Claims Court provides the information, tips, and strategies you need to sue someone successfully or put up a winning defense in any state.

Find out how to:

  • file and serve papers
  • mediate an out-of-court settlement
  • prepare evidence to support your case
  • decide how much to sue for
  • line up persuasive witnesses
  • present a winning case
  • collect money when you win

This edition is completely updated to include the latest procedures and information for small claims courts in every state. Plus, this book includes useful, practical tips by small claims court judges and commissioners who’ve seen it all.

If you are a California resident? Check out Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413322170
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 03/31/2016
Edition description: Sixteenth
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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.

All Nolo legal editors specialize in certain areas of the law, and many are recognized as national experts in their field. They write books, edit books by outside authors, and in their spare time write online articles and blogs, develop legal forms, and create the legal content of Nolo software.

Table of Contents

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, and 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

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: Small Claims Court Rules for the 50 States (and the District of Columbia)

Index

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Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must have book for anyone wishing to know about small claims court procedures. Well worth the money especially if you want to increase your chances of winning a small claims court judgment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
GREAT book, but didn't cover much on collecting after your judgement. Also, it describes issues such as subpoenas and etc, all of which is not allowed in AZ Small Claims court (fails to mention that). Broad view of laws on all states, but sometimes requires further research with your states Secretary of State. Definitely recommend -- NO -- Definitely REQUIRED for those who have no idea about small claims court.