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Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California (Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court. California Edition) Nineteenth Edition Edition

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"Walks you through the halls of small justice and explains how to file a claim, figure damages and argue your case effectively." Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine

 

About the Author

Ralph "Jake" Warner,widely recognized as a pioneer of the do-it-yourself law movement, Warner founded Nolo with Ed Sherman in 1972. He began publishing do-it-yourself law books written by him and his colleagues after numerous publishers rejected them. Warner holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Princeton.
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Product Details

  • Series: Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court. California Edition
  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Nolo; Nineteenth Edition edition (August 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413316867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413316865
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ralph "Jake" Warner, is the Chairman of the Board at Nolo. Widely recognized as a pioneer of the do-it-yourself law movement, Warner founded Nolo with Ed Sherman in 1971. He began publishing do-it-yourself law books written by him and his colleagues after numerous publishers rejected them. When personal computers came along, he added software to many Nolo books. When the Internet arrived, he pioneered online marketing of books.

In addition to running the company for much of the past three decades, Warner was an active editor and author. He wrote many books, including Retire Happy: What You Can Do Now to Guarantee a Great Retirement and Save Your Small Business: 10 Crucial Strategies to Survive Hard Times or Close Down & Move On. Today, he serves as chief executive officer as well as chairman of Nolo's board of directors. During a three-year break earlier this decade, Warner embarked on a new business venture: TallTales Audio, an audio book production company devoted to children's storytelling, online and on CD.

Warner holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Princeton.

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By the time I found this book, I had already done a good deal of on-line research on California Small Claims Court processes & procedures. As plaintiff in a case involving real estate disclosures (or lack thereof), I did not expect this book to provide much in the way of detailed real estate law, and it did not. With real estate attorneys charging $450-$550 an hour, and some requiring a 4 hour minimum, at least in Northern California, I couldn't justify spending almost as much on legal fees, as the claim itself.
The book is a more general introduction to the California Small Claims Court (SCC) process. It has been revised 18 times since first published in 1978, and, in my opinion, needs a complete re-write/overhaul.
If you are a party, plaintiff or defendant, in a SCC process, I'd suggest that an online search will provide much more up-to-date information than this book.
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By Sanjit on January 22, 2014
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I got into a fender bender few months ago and decided to sue the other driver for negligent driving. I read most of the book before going to the court and was well prepared with pictures, diagrams, measurements, estimates, and opening statement. The defendant suggested mediation. I relented. Then we saw a mediator before the judge even heard my case. The mediator lady was very professional, answered all questions, and simplified the process. Then, we appeared before the judge and he signed on the agreement. I'll be getting my check within a month. Yippee. I recovered most if not all of the amount I spent on this case. Had I rejected mediation, I'm sure I would have won the case hands down but I'm not sure about how much money the judge would have awarded me. This is the third time I have won in traffic related incidents.
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This book gave me a lot of good tips on the entire process. From prepping for court, organizing my evidence and actions/options after the ruling. I used this as a guide and won my case.
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Outstanding book, has been of invaluable assistance with preparations of our pending small claims court lawsuit. Thank you!
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Use this in my business every year. Wouldn't be without it. Worth every penny. Keeps me up to date every year.
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Very helpful. If only the judges were as informed as this book we would have a winning combination!!!!
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You can find all this information online on county and state court website it's really easy
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This book tells me how, exactly, I can collect on a Small Claims Judgement I won against a Dental Corporation who isn't paying. I can't wait to use the information.
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