Most California Superior Court cases can take 1-2 years before they are resolved. The process is expensive and in our opinion, without a lawyer representing your legal interest, you have little chance of winning your case.
On the other hand, small claims court is a very cost-effective and time saving option to resolve your legal dispute. A properly handled small claims case can be completed in 30-40 days.
Do you really need a lawyer to help you with your dispute?
Most people who contact our office are not aware of the fact that in California, an individual can sue in small claims for up to $7,500. Most businesses and corporations are limited to an amount of up to $5,000. Both individuals and companies are limited to filing 2 small claims cases each year for $2,500 or more. Because of the dollar amounts and, the short period of time it takes to file a case, small claims court can make a great deal of sense to California consumers. You probably do not need a lawyer if the value of your case falls in this range.
So where do you start? What are the steps you need to take to file your small claims case?
The California State Bar provides and excellent pamphlet explaining all the details and steps you need to take to win your small claims court case. We’ve included an easy access link to this pamphlet and recommend that you read this information carefully to give yourself the very best chance of winning in small claims court. You can use this link to read this pamphlet online or to download it and read it later. You may even print it out if you like.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs also has a very good web site describing almost everything you need to know to prepare and successfully prosecute or defend your small claims case.
On their web site, they offer a first-rate book entitled, “The Small Claims Court- A guide to its practical use”. Here’s a link allowing you to read, download or print the book…