Filing and Winning Small Claims For Dummies, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118461045
  • ISBN-13: 9781118461044
  • DDC: 347.7304
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 511 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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When every other method to collect has failed, a small claim is the right remedy to seek. Small Claims is a lawyer free courtroom designed to hear public disputes in the presence of an actual judge. For those readers looking at either prosecuting or defending in a small claims court, with or without an attorney, the information presented in Filing s this instruction, regardless of state or circumstance, that readers can find, trust, and use in Filing & Winning Small Claims For Dummies to prepare themselves for court. Topics include establishing a case, settling or mediating a dispute, fees, applications, and other paperwork, statues of limitations, securing witnesses and experts, preparing for court, filing for appeal, case studies and more. Filing & Winning Small Claims For Dummies also includes the most current information and resources on specific laws, statues, dollar limits, and procedures.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Author.
Author’s Acknowledgments.
Contents at a Glance.
Table of Contents.
1: Introduction.
2: Making Your Big Problem a Small Claim.
3: Understanding the Ins and Outs of Small Claims Court.
4: Deciding if Your Case Belongs in Small Claims Court.
5: Evaluating Whether You Need a Lawyer.
6: Classifying Your Claim: Figuring out What Kind of Case You Have.
7: What’s the Damage: Understanding Different Types of Damages.
8: Getting Ready to Go to Court.
9: Just the Facts, Jack: Gathering Your Information.
10: Dealing with the Clerk.
11: Informing the Defendant about the Case.
12: Looking at Your Options: Considering Alternatives to Trial.
13: In Your Defense: Advice for the Defendant.
14: Presenting Your Case in Court.
15: Mastering Courtroom Etiquette.
16: Providing the Proof You Need to Make Your Case.
17: Handling Live Witnesses Well.
18: Sounding like a Lawyer in the Courtroom.
19: Understanding the Judge’s Decision.
20: Dealing with Specific Problems.
21: Getting Hit Where You Live: Contract Cases Involving Your Home.
22: Getting the Business: Suing over Business Transactions.
23: Getting Personal: Suing Those Closest to You.
24: Pardon My French: Understanding Tort Cases.
25: Looking at Legal Issues in the Internet Age.
26: Handling Post-Trial Issues.
27: Getting the Verdict and Collecting Your Judgment.
28: Appealing a Decision.
29: The Part of Tens.
30: Ten Ways to Improve Your Odds of Winning in Court.
31: Ten Blunders to Avoid.