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Most Important Small Claims Court Forms for California Are Free

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Here is a list of the most common and important small claims court forms for California Court from the California Judicial Council. They are all available free on the internet at the Judicial Council’s website. You can learn a lot just by browsing these forms in advance of a court date.  Use California Judicial Council Forms When Ever Possible (CA Judicial Council )

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Photos can be good evidence to prove damages in a small claims court trial.

Plaintiff’s Claim and ORDER to Appear in Small Claims Court (Form SC-100)

This is the most important form in small claims court. It states the amount of the plaintiff’s claims, the name of the alleged defendant, and the facts of the claim. In general, the plaintiffs are limited to the amount of the claim as stated in the SC-100 form read more

Last Minute Tips for Small Claims Court Trials

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Have a small claims trial coming up real fast?  Sitting in court right now, waiting for the judge to call your case?  Want some last minute tips that will help anyone out?  Here you go.

  1. If You Get Surprised by New Evidence, Ask for a Continuance on That Basis.

“Trial by Surprise” does comply with the right to Due Process and Fundamental Fairness as required by the 14th Amendment to the United States’ Constitution.  You can ask for time to prepare for new evidence by arguing that the right to Due Process requires it.  Make sure you mention that you made reasonable efforts to get all the evidence in advance of trial. read more

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

How to Prepare for Your Small Claims Court Trial; Free Attorney Tips

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The party with the best organized evidence has an advantage in small claims court trial.

Too many people show up for their small claims court trial unprepared, in denial, and/or unaware of what to expect. These failings can sink a case quick. Fortunately for you, there are some basic tips that can help anyone prepare for a small claims court trial. We present them here for you, for free. We hope they help.


1. Imagine Your Small Claims Court Date in Advance.

Most small claims court dates start with a mediation session that the court hopes will result in a settlement of the case without a trial. If there is no settlement prior to the court date or in mediation, the court will hold a trial with one judge. 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

How to Reject an Auto Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer on an Auto Accident Claim.

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Want to know how to reject an auto insurance company’s settlement offer on an auto accident claim? Here are some attorney tips.

Pretend you are sitting at a red light in your beautiful 64 Impala, Alpine blarin’. Suddenly, some dude talking on a cell phone rear ends you. You know he was talking on the phone because during the impact it flew out of his window, and broke your side mirror.

Hello auto insurance claim.

The back end of your car is crushed, and you suffer 1 week of pain and soreness, miss 3 days of work. Your estimate for repair of your vehicle is $5000, and you want payment for your injury. read more

Avoid The Most Common Small Claims Court Trial Mistakes.

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You can only expect one shot at presenting your case in Small Claims court. Realistically, in a busy urban courthouse, small claims trials may only get 15 or 20 minutes of live court time. As a result, preparing in advance is an activity that is well worth its time.

Being prepared for your small claims court trial can reduce your stress tremendously, and help you meet your case goals. How? Simple.

there are many common mistakes in small claims court trials.

there are many common mistakes in small claims court trials.

To help, we offer the following info on some common small claims court mistakes that you can avoid with a little forethought and preparation. read more

What Damages Can an Auto Accident Plaintiff Ask for 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.

A failure to ask for all available damages means a plaintiff misses out, because judges can usually only award damages up to the amount a plaintiff claims in his or her complaint.

A plaintiff representing his/her self in a Small Clams 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

Tips for Rejecting an Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer on an Auto Accident Claim

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Pretend you are sitting at a red light in your beautiful 64 Impala, Alpine blarin. Suddenly, some dude talking on a cell phone rear ends you. You know he was talking on the phone because during the impact it flew out of his window, and broke your side mirror. Hello auto insurance claim.

The back end of your car is crushed, and you suffer 1 week of pain and soreness, miss 3 days of work. Your estimate for repair of your vehicle is $5000, and you want payment for your injury.

“Dude”, the other driver does have valid auto insurance, so you expect to be paid. read more

Attorney Tips for Who Are the Right Defendants in an Auto Accident Case in Small Claims Court

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Trying to figure out who to sue to recover your auto accident damages? Do you need to sue the other driver, or their insurance company, or ….

It is no secret that you can sue for damages if you are injured and/or suffer property damage by a negligent driver. An everyday person can even bring a lawsuit on their own without an attorney in small claims court. It happens every court day in California, Texas, New York and other states.

However, many small claims court plaintiffs who sue on their own to recover auto accident damages ruin their own cases before they start by suing the wrong defendants. Here we try to answer the question of who are the correct defendants in an auto accident case……the other driver? The other owner? The insurance company? read more