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Free small claims court forms, info about garnishment & lawsuits

Below you will find free small claims court forms, info about garnishment & lawsuits and information to learn more about the small claims court process. Discover who can file, the types of claims and amount of debt that can be handled in small claims court plus preparing a defense and how to collect if you’re awarded a small claims court judgment. You’ll also learn about the garnishment process, exempt income and how to claim these exemptions plus, how to file a small claims court appeal. If you are being sued in small claims court over an old debt you can present your case to a Fair Debt Lawyer, it’s Free & Confidential.

For the Plaintiff
File small claims court procedures
How to prepare your small claims court case
How to collect a judgment
Garnishment Procedures
Forms for filing a Small Claims Case
Garnishee Defendant Actions
Writs of Execution
Collection Agents
For the Defendant
How to defend yourself in small claims court
Appealing small claims court judgments
Garnishment Information
Debtor Exemptions
Settling out of small claims court
Exemption, Appeal and Counterclaim Forms
Terms and definitions

Rules for Small Claims Court: Listed by State

Small claims court is a quick, informal and low­ cost way to resolve disputes over money debts. The court considers and resolves cases involving money debts only and the amount considered varies by State and may range from a low of $2000 to a high of $15,000. (call your local court to verify the amount). Use these States rules to determine how much money money you can win in Small Claims Court, where to file and how to serve the official court papers.

Small Claims Court General Rules:

  • Attorney or other legal paraprofessionals are allowed in most states however, they are almost never needed if you PREPARE!
  • Claims cannot exceed state-specific dollar amounts;
  • You cannot bring a claim on behalf of another person;
  • Individuals, corporations, partnerships and associations can file a claim in Small Claims Court BUT only if represented by a non-lawyer.
  • Only the plaintiff, defendant, and witnesses can participate in a small claims court trial (if the judge agrees, exceptions can be made)

NOTE: Small claims courts do not issue any order requiring someone to do something or not do something, such as a restraining order or an injunction.

Types of Claims that can be filed in Small Claims Court (these are just a few examples)

  • Damage to your *car or personal property by someone with no insurance;
  • You are owed money by someone who has failed to repay you;
  • You are owed wages by someone who refuses to pay you;
  • A tenant has failed to pay you rent;
  • Landlord / Tenant problems (i.e. refusal to return deposits);
  • You were sold defective merchandise and vendor refuses a refund;
  • A laundry/dry­cleaner lost or damaged your clothes but refuses to pay to repair/replace your clothes;
  • Car Repairs
  • Purchased Used Car (New cars usually fall under Lemon Laws)
  • Collecting Bad Debts
  • Property damage
  • Product and Warranty problems

Filing Fees Small Claims Court

There is is a small fee (national average is $20) for filing your claim in small claims court. This is payable at the time you file the notice of small claim forms either in person or by mail.

If you win, this fee is considered part of the costs to bring the claim to court and is added to the judgment thus allowing you to recover the fee from the defendant.

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  1. I sold my used car and payments are not being made, although there was a signed promissory contract. How soon can I file claims in court?

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