This toolkit tells you what you need to know about starting a small claims case, or defending one. Small claims cases are for civil disputes involving $5,500 or less, and are only for people representing themselves. For general information about small claims cases, read the Articles. Read the Common Questions if you have a specific question. If you want to file a small claims case, use the Forms link to prepare your forms. The Checklist below has step-by-step instructions for filing a small claims case. Go to Courts & Agencies for information about the court that will handle your case.
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