Let’s say you need to file for divorce, or want to sue someone in small claims court, or need to probate an estate – when you try to get started, you quickly realize that there are several or even dozens of different courts in your county! Which court should you go to?
In most states, each county has a variety of different types of courts to handle different types of cases. These courts may all be located in one Courthouse, or they may be located in different buildings across the county. In other states, such as California, there is … Read More
It’s getting easier to conduct court business online. Court systems haven’t been as quick to set up online transactions as, say, banks or booksellers. Yet it’s not new; see our 2009 blog posts What is E-Filing and Paying Court Fines Online. And it’s getting better.
Take electronic filing of court documents: More and more court systems are adding this capability. New Jersey even has mandatory electronic filing for some types of cases. But court-run electronic filing is not expanding fast enough to satisfy the demand from law firms looking efficiency. In response, a number of private companies now offer … Read More
Do you know how to file a lawsuit with a court, the correct way to perform service of process, or how to create a parental plan in a divorce and custody case? An attorney is not necessarily the only person who can effectively answer this question. Although it is very advisable to seek legal advise from a professional, especially for complicated matters, there may be self help options you can also turn to. Even in circumstances where you enlist the help of a qualified legal professional, using self-help services can provide you with an arsenal of knowledge to help you … Read More
Small claims courts have often been referred to as “the people’s court.” This is because if an individual has a small claims case, they can represent themselves in court and do not need an attorney. Small claims cases are resolved between two private parties, generally without a jury.
Small claims cases are civil cases where the plaintiff is seeking a limited dollar amount. The exact dollar amount for small claims cases will vary from state to state. In Oregon, small claims cases involve claims of up to $7,500.00, whereas in California, the limit is $5,000.00, and Arizona’s limit is $2,500.00. … Read More