What is Small Claims Court?

Yours is a common scenario: You're owed money but it's not enough to justify hiring an attorney to file a lawsuit to get it? In Washington, this type of dispute, and many others, is handled by a special court. Knowing a little about what "small claims court" is and how it works may pay off for you. More

Filing a Small Claims Suit

You've decided that the only way you're going to get the money you're owed is to file a lawsuit in a Washington small claims court. 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

Now that your lawsuit's been filed in the Washington small claims court, it's time to get ready for trial. Before you go to the courthouse to find out if you win or lose, though, you should have an idea of how the trial process works and what you can do to help make sure that you win. More

Witnesses at a Small Claims Trial

You're part of a lawsuit in the Washington small claims court, and you're trying to prepare for trial. Besides receipts, canceled checks, and other papers, what else can help you win? Witnesses at small claims court can have a big impact on the judge and can make or break your case. More

After Small Claims Court

Your trial date in the Washington small claims court is almost here. You've been preparing and 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 heard both sides of the story. More

Collecting the Judgment

Your hard work and determination finally paid off. You won the case you filed in the Washington small claims court, and the defendant has to pay you! Unfortunately, winning isn't the always the end of the case. Collecting on the judgment is often a long and difficult process. More

Alternatives to Small Claims Court

You're owed money, maybe by a customer or a former landlord, but you don't want to file a lawsuit. The Washington small claims court can help, but you don't want to deal with a court or the legal process. There are some alternatives to small claims court that may help you get paid. More

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