What Is Small Claims Court?

What can you do if someone owes you money, like a customer or a tenant, but you don't want to pay a lawyer to get it? In Iowa, this type of dispute, and many others, can be handled by a special court. Anyone in your situation should know a little about what "small claims court" is and how it works. More

Filing a Small Claims Suit

You've made the tough decision and realized that you need to file a lawsuit to get someone to pay the money you're owed. Now you have work to do. Filing a small claims suit in Iowa means that you gave to know exactly who you're suing, have the right paperwork, and file the suit in the right court. More

Small Claims Trials

Now that you've filed a small claims lawsuit, it's time to start thinking about the trial or hearing where a Iowa small claims court will decide who wins. Before you go the courthouse, you should know how the small claims trial process works and what you can do to help make sure that you win. More

Witnesses at a Small Claims Trial

How are you getting ready for the trial or "hearing" of a case in an Iowa small claims court? You have bills, receipts or your lease in order, but what else can you use to increase your chances of winning? Witnesses at small claims court can mean the difference between winning and losing the case. More

After Small Claims Court

Your trial date in the Iowa small claims court is almost here. You have all your documents and witnesses ready for the judge to make a decision. Now is a good to time to know what to expect after the small claims court has seen and heard all the evidence. More

Collecting the Judgment

Congratulations! An Iowa small claims court agreed with you and decided that someone owes you money or has your property. Unfortunately, you may not paid or get your money very fast, and maybe not at all. Collecting on the judgment is often a long and difficult process. More

Alternatives to Small Claims Court

Does someone owe you money or has something that belongs to you, but you don't want to file a lawsuit to get it? Not even a suit in an Iowa small claims court? There are some alternatives to small claims court that may help you get your money or property without having to enter a courtroom. More

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