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SMALL CLAIMS ONLINE INTERVIEW: IS SMALL CLAIMS RIGHT FOR YOUR SITUATION?

The Small Claims Interview will ask you questions. The program then uses your answers to prepare a summary of options and information for your specific legal problem.

Benefits of using the Small Claims Interview!

  • You have the option to create a Username and Password to save your answers.
  • The program prints a Summary Sheet at the end of the interview for future use.
  • You can work at your own pace. Start now and finish later!

First make sure your legal issue falls under the jurisdiction of small claims court:

The maximum amount that you can sue for depends on who you are and who you are suing:

If you are: You can sue for up to
An Individual or Sole Proprietor $10,000.00
A Corporation or Business $5,000.00

Exceptions to these amounts:

If you are: If the defendant is a guarantor who: You can sue for up to
An Individual or Sole Proprietor Charged a fee for surety services $6,500.00
An Individual or Sole Proprietor Did not charge a fee for surety services $2,500.00
A Corporation or Business Charged a fee for surety services $5,000.00
If you are: If the defendant is: You can sue for up to
An Individual (natural person) filing for damages for bodily injury resulting from a car accident Covered by an automobile insurance policy that includes a duty to defend $7,500.00

Other:

You may only file 2 cases each year for more than $2,500.00.

If you have a claim greater than these amounts, you may sue in the Civil division or you may sue in the Small Claims Court. If you chose the Small Claims Court, you give up your right to the amount that is greater than the maximum amounts shown above. Just remember that if you waive the rest of your claim your right to collect the original amount is lost forever.


To use this program you will need the following software on your computer: Adobe Flash player. This is very standard software that you can download free. Click here to download.

Microsoft Word. This software is used to view and print your interview summary. If you do not have Microsoft Word, you can download Microsoft Viewer before you begin this process. Click here to download.

Google Chrome web browser. If you are using Chrome, you will not be able to use your backspace key in this interview. To delete text you have entered, you will have to select it and type over it.


Click here to start the interview
Small Claims Interview

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