How to Win in Small Claims Court in California

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SphinxLegal, 2002 - Law - 270 pages
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Filing a small claims case allows you to have the court determine your legal rights in cases of up to $5,000. Designed to be more simple and 'do-it-yourself' than typical court cases, small claims court can still be very complicated unless you know the process and language of the courts. How to Win in Small Claims Court in California simplifies and thoroughly explains everything you need to know to successfully handle your own small claims case, whether you are the plaintiff or defendant.
Complete with court terminology, step-by-step instructions and the forms you need, this book makes filing or defending suits in small claims court inexpensive and hassle-free.
This book explains in simple language:
Whether you have a valid case
How to file your case
Arguing your case
Defending your case
Settling your case
Countersuing
Rules of evidence
Using expert witnesses
Following rules of evidence
Collecting your judgment
Garnishing wages
 

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Contents

Small Claims Court Generally
1
Before You Sue
11
Using Mediation to Resolve Your Case
19
Filing and Serving Your Case
25
Types of Cases
41
Defending Yourself
63
Rules of Evidence
79
Preparing and Presenting Your Case
87
California Small Claims Statutes and Rules
135
List of Relevant Consumer Statutes
155
Statutes of Limitation
159
Questions for Judgment Debtor
163
Checklists
167
Demand Letters and Sample Claim Against Government Agency
173
Judicial Council Forms
177
List of Local Forms
263

Collecting Your Judgment
93
Appealing Your Case
101
Glossary
103
Small Claims Advisors and County Court Websites
119
Mediation Programs by County
127
Index
267
Ad Pages
271
Back Cover
273
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Mark Warda has been a Florida attorney for over thirty years. He received his BA with Honors from the University of Illinois in Chicago and his JD from the University of Illinois in Champaign.

He is the author of over seventy self-help law books. Today Mark is continuing to update his books and running Land Trust Service Corporation. He lives in Lake Wales, Florida with his wife Alexandra and his three year old son, Mark David.

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