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Attorney Tips for Presenting a Breach of Contract Claim in Small Claims Court

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Breach of Contract may be the most common cause of action in small claims court.

A Breach of Contract claim is probably the most common basis for a small claims court case. The “Breach of Contract” claim, also known as a breach of contract “Cause of Action”, is pretty straight forward.  But representing yourself in small claims court is never easy.  Need good news?  With some preparation, you can make a basic plan for your breach of contract case that will increase the chances of winning the court trial.  Here are a few self help tips to give you that advantage, in any state. read more

What Auto Accident Damages Can a Plaintiff Claim in Small Claims Court?

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Every day in Small Claims Courtrooms across the US, Plaintiffs in car crash claims make a common giant mistake. They fail to ask for all of the auto accident damages the law offers to them. And this means they miss out, because judges can usually only award damages up to the amount the Plaintiff claims in his or her pleadings.

A Plaintiff representing his/her self in a Small Claims auto collision case should prepare in advance a written “Statement of Damages” which lists, and asks for the following categories of damages separately: read more

What Is The Best Evidence for Your Small Claims Court Case? Attorney Tips.

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Whether you are a business owner suing in small claims court to get paid on an old invoice, or a tenant defending against a landlord’s charge against your security deposit, you will want quality evidence with you in court.

Parties to a small claims court trial who don’t have evidence to support their side of the story are at a disadvantage. Quality evidence that is well organized can help a small claims litigant reach their goals.

Small claims cases in California, and most other states, are conducted informally. Small claims trials usually function without the usual rules of evidence, including hearsay objections. (See California Code of Civil Procedure section 116.510; Cal. Judges Benchbook, Small Claims Court and Consumer Law sec. 4.18.) read more

What is the Best Evidence for Your Small Claims Court Case? Attorney Tips

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Whether you are a business owner suing in small claims court to get paid on an old invoice, or a tenant defending against a landlord’s charge against your security deposit, you will want quality evidence with you in court.

Parties to a small claims court trial who don’t have evidence to support their side of the story are at a disadvantage. Quality evidence that is well organized can help a small claims litigant reach their goals.

Small claims cases in California, and most other states, are conducted informally. Small claims trials usually function without the usual rules of evidence, including hearsay objections. (See California Code of Civil Procedure section 116.510; Cal. Judges Benchbook, Small Claims Court and Consumer Law sec. 4.18.) read more