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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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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

Small Claims Court Basics

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Small Claims courts are not that scary if you are prepared.

Small Claims courts are not that scary if you are prepared.

You probably know that if someone owes you money, or causes you property damage or injury, you have the right to sue in small claims court. But you may not know the basics of how small claims court cases work. Here is some free self help info on that topic to help you out.

1. Small Claims Court Has Monetary Limits.

In California, the current limit to a small claims case brought by an individual is $10,000. That means you can ask for $10,000 or less in a small claims court case.

There are lower limits for businesses who file multiple cases in a year, and for auto accident cases where there is auto accident cases where there is confirmed auto insurance coverage. 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

Need Help Collecting a Small Claims Court Judgment? Check the Judicial Council Web Site for Forms, Help

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The hardest part of a small claims court experience is often getting paid after winning the judgement. The Court will not collect a judgement for a litigant. The winner of a small claims court judgement must collect on their own.

The good news is that small claims court judgements are enforceable, and if done right, court orders and the Sheriffs Department can help collect a judgment.

To its great credit, the California Judicial Council has prepared a step by step guide, and excellent free forms to help small claims judgement creditors collect. All of their information is official government publication, free, detailed and well written. 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

Tips for Collecting a Small Claims Court Judgement in California

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Sure, he’s probably a good person somewhere. You heard he helps injured birds on weekends. But you don’t give a crap. That suckerphish owes you $xx00.xx for those long distance charges on your home phone bill from the 80s, and $xx00 for those bounced rent checks. And you want your money.

You finally got all of the small claims forms, printed them out, made a binder and a script for court, and showed up on time. As expected, Defendant showed up, claiming “loss of memory” or some crap. But you did it! You sued his ASS and had a trial! read more

How to Find the Statute of Limitations for Your California Claim.

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One of the most common questions people dealing with a small claims dispute have is: “What is the Statute of Limitations for the claim?”

The good news is that it is easy to look up. We will tell you how, right after a brief explanation of how a statute of limitations works.

A “statute of limitations” is a law that limits the amount of time a claim or case may be filed in court. If a claim is bought to small claims court after the statute of limitations period has passed, the claim must be dismissed. read more

How to Look Up Small Claims Cases in Los Angeles

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The <a href=”http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/” title=”Los Angeles County Superior Court” target=”_blank”>Los Angeles County Superior Court</a> handles small claims cases for the county in its Small Claims Division. The do have <a href=”http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/civilcasesummarynet/ui/?CT=SM” title=”Look Up LA Small Claims cases” target=”_blank”>online access to Small Claims Case summaries free to the public</a>, so long as you have the case number. read more

Free Small Claims Court Resources You Should Be Familiar With

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We have added the following free small claims help resources to our California blog roll. If you have a small claims case pending, or considering one, you should be familiar with these resources. With these, you can find small claims court forms, learn how to collect a small claims court judgement, and how to look up the law.

Here they are:

1. California Judicial Council Small Claims Court Forms
Here you can download free official court forms, such as the proof of service, declaration, motion to vacate judgement, request for continuance, etc. read more