What is Small Claims Court?

Someone owes you some money but it's not enough to justify hiring an attorney, so what can you do? In Missouri, this type of legal dispute can be handled by a special court. If you're in this situation, you need to know a little about what "small claims court" is and how it works. More

Filing a Small Claims Suit

Once you've decided that you have to file a lawsuit a Missouri small claims court to get some money you're owed, you need to get to work. Filing a small claims suit involves several things. You have to know exactly who you're suing, have the right paperwork and file the suit in the right court. More

Small Claims Trials

After a small claims lawsuit has been filed, it's time to get ready for the trial, the day the Missouri small claims court, or "people's court," decides who wins. It's important to know how the small claims trial process works and what you can do to help make sure you're on the winning side. More

Witnesses at a Small Claims Trial

While you're getting ready the trial of a case in the Missouri small claims court, or "people's court," make sure you don't focus only on things like bills, leases and canceled checks. Witnesses at small claims court can help persuade a judge that you should win the case. More

After Small Claims Court

You're all set for the trial in a Missouri small claims or "people's" court when a judge will decide if you win or lose. It's a good idea now to know hat to expect after the small claims court has seen and heard all the evidence so you can plan your next steps. More

Collecting the Judgment

The judge of a Missouri small claims or "peoples" court agreed with you and decided that someone owes you money. You won! Now, you have to figure out how to get him to pay. Unfortunately, collecting on the judgment is often a long and difficult process. More

Alternatives to Small Claims Court

Does someone owe you money, but you don't want to file a lawsuit to get it? Not even one in a Missouri small claims court (or "people's court")? There are some alternatives to small claims court that may help you recover what you're owed without having to go to court. More

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