If you have a minor legal case you can file a small claims case
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A small claims case is an inexpensive option in cases where the amount you claim you are owed, with some exceptions, is not more than $7,000
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The easiest and most convenient way to file a small claims case is online
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This way, you don’t have go to the courthouse until the day of your court hearing
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You can file right from home
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The site asks about your case in plain language, and then completes each form based on your answers
A laptop opens up, and the browser screen reads “Guide and File.” A form labeled “Small Claims” drifts in next to the computer.
And electronically files the form in the court you select for a nominal fee
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You can also choose to print the form
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Then file at the courthouse where the plaintiff or defendant lives or does business
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You’ll usually get your notice of hearing date in 2 to 4 weeks
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File a small claims case online
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