Small claims - big results

After a small claims judgment is entered it becomes an enforceable order from the Court if not paid within 30 days. The law provides that attorney fees incurred for collecting a small may also be awarded, but it should not be assumed that they will be.. 

Small claim judgments that are being enforced are technically district court civil judgments. They do not usually automatically attach as a lien on real property. A relatively easy process is needed for such a lien.

Before the small claims court hearing occurs it is important to be prepared. We've assisted clients in evaluating whether a case belongs in small claims and, if so, assisting in preparing for that hearing by walking through the process, preparing trial binders, assisting with exhibits, and demonstrating relevant law that you can use during your hearing to prove your case. You want be able to show the judge your best evidence quickly and efficiently. 

After a small claims judgment is entered it becomes an enforceable order from the Court if not paid within 30 days. The law provides that attorney fees incurred for collecting a small may also be awarded, but it should not be assumed that they will be.. 

The primary methods of collecting small claim judgments are bank or employer garnishments. Most other avenues for collection are expensive and time consuming relative to the amount of the judgment.

A small claim is one where the amount owing is $10,000 for an individual ("natural person") or $5,000 for a business.  An attorney cannot appear in court for you, but can assist in collecting any judgment entered.

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