A Small Claims Court dispute is one of the most common legal issues that many people face. A “Small Claim” is an action where one party sues another party for some form of relief. In Small Claims Court, relief is most often money, but can also be the return of property.
The limit of the Small Claims Court has grown over the years to reach its present amount of $25,000.00. This amount does not include interest, cost, and abandonment of excess. To most people, $25,000.00 is anything but a “small” claim.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE TO BRING A CLAIM?
The Limitations Act, 2002 gives a general limitation period of two years from the date the harm or injury is discovered. There are a few exceptions to this rule, therefore even though it may be past the two year limitation, there may still be an opportunity to file a claim.
YOU THINK YOU HAVE A CLAIM. NOW WHAT?
Your first step is to talk to a professional about how you can be:
– compensated for the harm you have endured
– reimbursed for money you are owed
– have your property returned to you
YOU ARE BEING SUED. NOW WHAT?
Being served with a claim can be overwhelming and stressful. Hiring a professional to assist you in defending yourself and filing documents correctly will make the process run smoothly and be less stressful for you. A paralegal will inform you of your rights and make sure you are defended adequately and competently.
WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR A SMALL CLAIM DISPUTE?
To prepare your claim or defence to a claim against you, you will need to know what information is required. This is a crucial step and if the initial paperwork is not clear or is incomplete, your case could be in jeopardy. Hiring an experienced paralegal takes the guess work out of preparing, filing, and serving your claim/defence. A professional will help gather the evidence that you need to obtain a judgement in your favour. A professional can also ensure all deadlines are met and attend any necessary court dates for/with you. There is a lot of work involved in the process and having experience on your side is always beneficial.
DOES HIRING A PROFESSIONAL INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCESS?
There are many steps that have to be taken in small claims court, and these steps must be completed accurately and correctly. If, for example, you do not serve the paperwork correctly upon the person/company that you are suing or being sued by, you may lose your case. A professional has experience filing the correct/complete paperwork, serving your claim/defence, attending settlement conferences and other court dates, and collecting on a judgement. Since there are strict deadlines involved in small claims, your success may depend on the expertise of a professional.
A professional paralegal litigator can articulate your points to a judge in a clean, concise, and meaningful manner, without emotion. This is a proven approach to success in a courtroom.
If you are facing a Small Claims court dispute, you can request a free, no obligation quote now. One of our Licensed professionals will take a look at your case and discuss it with you.