Many people have cases that involve “smaller” amounts of money that they may not think will require an attorney. However, the term “small claims” is misleading, because in many cases, the money involved is significant. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help you understand whether you need an attorney to help with your small claims court case in Philadelphia. Let us look into the fact of your case and determine the best path forward.
When it comes to recovering damages for lower amounts of money, there are courts set up to handle the cases. These are called “small claims” courts. Specifically, these courts handle cases that are for less than $12,000 in Philadelphia. There are several issues that can be handled in a small claims court in lieu of going to a “bigger court.” This can include:
It is purely a personal decision of whether or not to have an attorney help with a small claims case. For lower amounts, it may not even make sense to secure a lawyer. However, most people do not have any legal training, and even the small claims courts can become confusing.
Even though the small claims process is less formal than regular court proceedings, that does not mean that a well-reasoned argument will not have an effect on the case. Your attorney will:
If you are seeking compensation from someone, the process can seem overwhelming, especially when you are owed up to $12,000. That is not a small sum. Conversely, if someone is seeking compensation from you in a small claims court, your attorney will vigorously defend you against the claim.
Handling small claims courts in Philadelphia is different than those outside of the city limits. The Philadelphia Municipal Court hears small claims cases within the city limits, while cases filed outside of the city limits will be filed within the district the incident occurred. You can see a list of Magisterial District Courts by clicking here.
If you or a loved one are going through the small claims process, please consider seeking legal advice with your case. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our qualified and experienced team will examine the facts of your case and work to secure the compensation you need. This can include: