Small CLaims Court

Small Claims Court California

Avoid costly delays of time and money by utilizing “The People’s Court,” commonly known as Small Claims Court (California only).

Here’s what we will do for you:

  • Type your Claim
  • File it with the Court (you don’t have to stand in long lines)
  • Serve the Defendant
  • Type & File the Proof of Service
  • Mail you a copy

All you do is go to Court on the hearing date and present your case. It’s that easy!

We do all of this for only $135.00*.

The good news is that both our fees, and the Court filing fees (which can range from $30.00 to $75.00, depending on your claim amount), are added to the judgment once you win your case! Call us at (800) 417-7623 or (805) 955-0049 to speak with one of our Small Claims Specialists to learn more.

Download our Small Claims Intake Sheet here. Or email us at julie@processnet1.com and we’ll fax or email you a copy. We handle everything by fax, phone or email – we’ve made it so easy!

Here is the breakdown of California Small Claims limits for INDIVIDUALS:

  • Limit is $10,000 but can only file 2 cases per calendar year over $2,500
  • Invoices may be combined up to the above limits
    • must use invoices – not statements as proof of billing
    • can add finance charges if you have an invoice to back it up (must have written agreement to be able to charge finance charges or state the finance charge terms on the original invoice)

Here is the breakdown of California Small Claims limits for CORPORATIONS:

  • Limit is $5,000 but can only file 2 cases per calendar year over $2,500
  • Invoices may be combined up to the above limits
    • Must use invoices – not statements as proof of billing
    • Can add finance charges if you have an invoice to back it up (must have written agreement to be able to charge finance charges or state the finance charge terms on the original invoice)

NOTE : We are not Legal Document Preparers. We only prepare Small Claims cases in California and do not provide legal advice. Please consult with an attorney for legal matters; then, we will file and serve your case.

Why Small Claims Court Makes Sense

In many situations, Small Claims Court is the fastest, easiest, and least expensive way to collect money that is owed to you. Cases heard in Small Claims Court include a variety of legal disputes, such as repair problems, breach of warranty, defective products, unreturned rental deposits, undelivered goods, insurance claims, damage done to property, etc.

Here are a few reasons why it makes sense to use Small Claims Assistance Service:

Cost: The cost for filing and serving a Small Claims case is always lower than hiring an attorney. There are no contingency (percentage) fees – just a low flat fee. Our fee is considered a court cost, is recoverable since the court will automatically add it to the judgment amount.

 

Time: The court date will be set within 45-60 days rather than months, or even years, as with Superior Court. You will be in and out of court within a couple of hours, in most cases, instead of days or weeks with a court trial.

 

Risk: There is no risk that an error will be made when filing your case, such as incorrect wording, filing in wrong court, or clerical errors. Your case will be properly filed and served on the defendant within the statutory limits.

 

Convenience: We type your claim, file it with the court, serve the defendant, and provide you with a copy of the proof of service (which we file with the court). All you do is show up for the hearing date and present your case.

 

Resolution: Getting money owed to you quickly is important. Many defendants will pay you immediately after being served in order to avoid going to court. The incentive to prompt resolution is avoiding a judgment on their credit record and the possibility of a bank levy or wage garnishment.

 

Support: We provide you with a “Small Claims Court Strategy Guide” which offers tips on presenting a successful case before the Judge. We can also assist with collection of the judgment after you win your case, if the defendant does not pay voluntarily within 30 days.

What we will need to get it served:

  • 1. If sending via email: a PDF version of the service documents combined into one (1) file.
  • If sending via FedEx, mail, or similar: three (3) copies of the documents to be served.
    2. A letter of instructions advising us the defendant’s name, service address, and requested method of service.
  • 3. Payment for the service fees by credit card, PayPal, or check.
 A note about copies: Service documents sent to us for domestic assignments are subject to a $.25/page copy fee for large files (100+ pages).

Click here for our Terms and Conditions

Send us an email to request the Small Claims Intake Sheet


Specializing in International Service and “hard-to-serve” cases

Note: We’ve been in business since 1978, so we must be doing it right.