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Can I file a small claim without a lawyer?

Feb 28, 2019
The zeyo team
Zeyo Team

Though some people opt to hire an attorney to help them with their small claims dispute, most people opt to handle them “pro se,” or “for themselves.” Most states have a constitutional provision allowing an individual to represent themself in the courts of that state. So in most small claims dispute cases, you may be able to get by without legal expertise. In fact, given the maximum monetary amount you are allowed to sue for in Small Claims Court, it might not make sense to hire an attorney, as the fees they charge may exceed the amount you are trying to collect, leaving you worse off then you started.

Can I file a small claim without a lawyer?

Though some people opt to hire an attorney to help them with their small claims dispute, most people opt to handle them “pro se,” or “for themselves.” Most states have a constitutional provision allowing an individual to represent themself in the courts of that state. So in most small claims dispute cases, you may be able to get by without legal expertise. In fact, given the maximum monetary amount you are allowed to sue for in Small Claims Court, it might not make sense to hire an attorney, as the fees they charge may exceed the amount you are trying to collect, leaving you worse off then you started.

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