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West Virginia Small Claims

What is Small Claims Court?

What can you do if someone owes you money or has some of your personal property, but it's not worth paying a lawyer to get it? In West Virginia, these types of problems can be handled by a special court. If you're in a position like this, you should know what "small claims" or magistrate court is. More

Filing a Small Claims Suit

Once you've decided that it's time to sue someone in a West Virginia magistrate court or "small claims" court, you need to get to work. Filing a small claims lawsuit involves several things. You have to know exactly who you're suing, have the right paperwork and file the lawsuit in the right court. More

Small Claims Trials

Now that the small claims lawsuit has been filed, it's time to get ready for the trial, the day a West Virginia magistrate court decides who wins. Before you go to the courthouse, though, you need to know how the small claims trial process works and what you can do to help your chances of winning. More

Witnesses at a Small Claims Trial

If you're preparing for the trial of a case in a West Virginia magistrate court, you're probably wondering about what you need to win the case. Papers and photos are important, of course, but don't forget about people. Witnesses at small claims court can be a big factor when it comes to who wins. More

After Small Claims Court

Your trial date in a West Virginia magistrate or "small claims" court is almost here, but you're ready. All of your receipts and other papers are organized, and your witnesses will be in the courtroom. Now's a good to time to know what to expect after the small claims court makes its decision. More

Collecting the Judgment

Congratulations! A West Virginia magistrate or "small claims" court agreed with you and decided that someone owes you money or has property belonging to you. Unfortunately, winning may not be enough. Collecting on the judgment - actually getting your money or property - isn't always easy. More

Alternatives to Small Claims Court

Does someone owe you money or have some property that belongs to you, but you don't want to file a lawsuit to get it, not even a "small claims" suit in a West Virginia magistrate court? If so, you should know about some alternatives to small claims court that may help you get your money or property. More

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