Do You Need a Lawyer to File a Small Claim?

Do You Need a Lawyer to File a Small Claim?

A lawyer is not needed to file a small claim case. However, the procedure for filing a small claims court lawsuit depends on the law of the state and/or county where a claimant plans to file the claim, notes FindLaw.

Most state courts' websites provide guidance on the requirements for filing small claims cases. In some states, advisors may be available to help claimants navigate the small claims process, often for free. All states have small claims courts, but they only involve civil complaints concerning relatively small amounts of money, generally up to approximately $10,000. While most claimants represent themselves, the local court where the case is brought has a particular set of rules and regulations that must be followed should a claimant choose to be represented by an attorney, explains FindLaw.