Effective Debt Collection in Small Claims Court
Collecting money owed to your business can be critical to maintaining profitability. Sometimes, going to small claims court is your best option.
Four Steps for Collecting Debt Via Small Claims Court
If you have been unsuccessful collecting a debt from a customer and decide to go to small claims court, you’ll need to complete these four steps.
- Make sure your case fits the monetary limits and parameters for the court.
- File your case in the right court using the appropriate forms and procedures.
- Present evidence and make arguments to plead your case to the judge.
- If you win, collect the money from the defendant.
Getting legal advice from a debt collection attorney is a critical first step to achieving a positive outcome in small claims court. Join LegalShield today and you can be on the phone with a small business attorney in as little as 4 hours.
Prepare for Small Claims Court
Going to small claims court typically involves at least some of the following documents.
- The forms used to file to the case
- Signed agreements between your business and the defendant
- Receipts, bank statements or other financial documents
- Written or digital communications between you and the defendant
As a member of LegalShield, you can submit any documents (up to 15 pages each) and have your attorney provide feedback to make sure you are following the law, submitting the right evidence and have winning legal arguments.
Have an Attorney Represent You in Small Claims Court
Representation by a business attorney familiar with small claims court procedure can reduce your stress and increase your chance of winning the case. Also, if you win, a collection attorney can play a critical role in helping you with the often challenging task of actually collecting the money from the defendant.
LegalShield’s SMB 10 plan allows you to hire your attorney to represent you for 25% off their standard hourly fees. If you’re a defendant, our SMB 50 and 100 plans include 75 hours of trial defense time for no additional fee. Either way, you save a ton of money on attorney representation in small claims court.
How a Legalshield Small Business Plan Works for Small Claims Court
Your business pays a small monthly fee starting at $39.00 per month and gets legal advice, document review and attorney representation services you can use to increase your chances of winning debt collection cases.
Key Features of Our Small Business Legal Plans
LegalShield’s business plans can help you in the following areas.
Speak with your attorney on an unlimited number of business legal issues.
One hour of legal research on each matter is included at no additional charge.
Your attorney can make phone calls or write letters on your behalf.
Debt collection letters are included at no additional charge.
Have your attorney review documents and draft contracts.
Legal forms are included at no additional charge.
Your attorney can defend you in covered civil lawsuits.
Pre-trial hours included at no additional charge.