How Much I Can File For In Small Claims Court In California

Today Question of the day on small claims

My question comes from Kristy M. SK Hi can you tell me how much I can file in small claims court. Thank you we love your questions of the day and you truly rock and it is nice to know you care.
Hello Kristy, Thank you that was to sweet I will explain to you below. Are suing as yourself, an individual or a business or if it’s a car accident the rules in CA change often and filing limits vary.
Who can file a claim?
An individual, which includes a sole proprietorship, may file a claim up to a maximum of $10,000, subject to the following exception: If you are suing for injuries incurred in an automobile accident and the defendant is insured, you are limited to a maximum dollar limit of $7,500. Only the actual party to the claim may file. You must represent yourself at the small claims hearing. Attorneys or others are not permitted to represent a party in small claims court. If a husband and wife sue or are sued, one spouse may represent the other in Small Claims Court.
You must be at least 18 years old to file a claim. If you are not yet 18, you may ask the court to appoint a guardian who can then act on your behalf. The guardian is usually a parent, relative or an adult friend but cannot be someone who is a party on the same case. If you are an individual who owns a business (i.e. sole proprietor) and are doing business under a fictitious business name, you are considered to be an ‘individual’ in Small Claims Court. For example, if you are a plumber doing business as ABCD Plumbing and want to sue a customer who has not paid you, you may file a claim for up to $10,000.
If you are a business who has filed a fictitious business name statement, you must include your statement number and date of expiration on the claim form. You cannot file a case in small claims court without a valid fictitious business name statement.
If your business is a corporation, partnership or anything other than a sole proprietorship, your maximum claim amount is $5,000.
A corporation or other entity that is not an individual must be represented by a regular employee or representative. The employee cannot be hired solely to represent the corporation or other entity in small claims court. The employee or representative is required to file a declaration with the court stating the basis of their authority to represent an entity. You can file two small claims cases for $5,000 than $2,500 cases after that, after 12 your filing fee is much higher.

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8 thoughts on “How Much I Can File For In Small Claims Court In California

  1. henri aritonang says:

    I’m a client for mental health,torture to do things by staff not in a contract i sign accordingly what the company rule and regulation,can you help me

    • SK says:

      I would need you to call my office, I am not sure what your question is? Are you asking do you have the right to sue? We can help you sue. What did they do to you? How much are you wanting to sue? What was in the written contact and what did they do to you? You may have a civil case, not a small claims case .

      If you do file a small claims , we will type, file, and serve your small claims lawsuit for a fee. Our fees are $100.00 for the document preparation, $30-75.00 for the filing fee depending how much your are suing for. There is also a process serving fee ranges depending what part of California the defendant is in $65 and up. If you can call my office and explain to me I could give you a better answer. Sorry if I am not helpful enough. If you looking for free legal service you can try legal aid, or maybe we the people. I pray you can get help and I hope your okay , worried about you being tortured . God bless

      Kindest Regards,

      SK Strong
      (909) 986-0883
      https://www.ezsmallclaims.net
      Top Small Claims Specialist

  2. sam says:

    Can I sue a financial company. They did mi refinance. I was sent some documents I did not want to sign. They said I just had to sign them to keep moving forward and that they would revise it and change what I wanted to change. They never did. Through out the time of the refi they always said I was going to get my $$ reimbursement. At the time of signing final document. They were rushed and sent to the notary. The notary got to my home at 9 pm, andi did not have a chance to review. The docs and the notary did not explain anything, it was just sign, sign, sign. Now they are saying I agreed and I signed although I never agreed.

    • SK says:

      Hello Sam, I would have to talk with you in more detail about what happen and did they give you a copy of what you signed? If you like to call my office I would be more then happy to discuses further with you, what would be the reason why you would want to sue them? I need more detailed as to the reason why you want to sue them. Its so important to ALWAYS read what you are signing always. Do you have a copy of what you sign?
      Kindest Regards,
      SK Strong
      Top Small Claims Specialist
      EZ Small Claims
      (909) 986-0883

  3. Fanny says:

    Hi
    My name is fanny, my friend loaned cash that her request $4800 since February 2013, I sold my car to her $7000 on dec 2013. She promised pay me $250 per moth, but she failed for it, she pay me $100 per month now and always late and sometimes skipped, I wondering can I still bring her to small court ? We didn’t sign an agreement . Thanks

    • SK says:

      Hello please call the office so we can discuses this further, you can sue her, you have a cause of action and money damages
      Thanks
      SK Strong

  4. Joseph SCHRUM says:

    I’m a general contractor and did some work for some termite people through the real estate people who ordered the work to be done and the owner or the real estate the real estate refuses to pay me my final payment which is $1,600 total cost of the contract was $3,200 they refused to pay me and the title company that was holding the money took the money and gave it to the homeowner and I’m out my $1,600 and it’s been 6 months now and I’ve been trying to get the money I place a mechanic’s lien on the property but no no offer to settle with me what can I do

    • SK says:

      Hello Joseph, You are going to have to sue them in small claims court. You have a right to the money that is owe to you ( or your business) call my office we can assist you with this. Once judgment is enter you can get an abstract of judgment that will put a lien on their home for 10 years. Their are other ways to collect. Call me or email me

      SKQUESTIONOFTHEDAY@GMAIL.COM or SK@ez-smallclaims.net

      SK Strong
      Top Small Claims Specialist
      EZ Small Claims
      (909) 986-0883

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