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Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California (13th Ed) 13th Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 009-3371374405
ISBN-10: 0873374401
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A step-by-step guide for making the legal system work for you. -- Orange County Register

Warner’s book takes you by the hand through all the potential pitfalls of trying your own case. -- Los Angeles Times

…useful advice for anyone trying to get money back. -- Money Magazine

From the Publisher

The closest thing to having an attorney in small claims court! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court. California Edition, 13th ed
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Nolo; 13th edition (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873374401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873374408
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,778,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 6, 1997
Format: Paperback
I have used it and it works. It is straight to the point no nonsense approach. I won the case and did get my money back. It instructed my step by step, how to make a demand, file a claim, and serve the papers, how to prepare and act in court. Than how to collect a judgement, how to put the lien. What to do and when not to. Also commons sense advise when not to file. Power to the people, justice for all, without an attorney taking half of what is yours
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By A Customer on June 28, 2001
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If you want to make less mistakes, save time and money, it's best to start with this book so you can get the correct service, venue, and evidence organized to file and win. I found the chapter on how to write a demand letter and settle your claim before it gets to court very helpful. They even offer sample letters you use to settle your case. Nolo Press seems to put together the best legal self help books.
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If you have a claim involving $5,000 or less, you can easily and inexpensively bring an action in Small Claims Court. But even though Small Claims Court is designed for non-attorneys (in fact, attorneys are not allowed) you still must have a basic understanding of the rules of evidence and know how to put on your case. Invest a little time to read this book, and you will stand a much better chance of winning.
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If you are reading this review, you are most probably a prospective plaintiff considering recovering losses you incurred in an auto accident through the small claims court process. This guide will help you tremendously. The NoLo series is an incredible service to mankind. It is the equivalent to the Dummies series focused on the Law. And, who besides expensive lawyers really understand the Law? Readers who have studied NoLo books!

The book is very well organized. Even though there is a lot of material, it is easy to extract the information pertaining to your very specific situation. The author covers a lot of those; as he dedicates specific chapters to auto repairs, auto accidents, lord-tenant dispute, etc... The author states that he covers the main type of cases that account for 99% of the cases tried in small claim courts. I believe him. If your case is outside those presented, there is a good chance it does not belong in small claims court.

The author gives crucial information about the basics of small claim courts. If you are not a lawyer, you are unfamiliar with all the procedures associated with it. Thanks to this book, you will know exactly what to do and when to file, prepare, and try a claim in small claims court. Once you have done the studying and the preparing it is not all that difficult. And, this book allows you to navigate through a bureaucratic process that would appear overwhelming and Byzantine otherwise.

This is my second NoLo book and hopefully the last. Who wants to deal with the Law if you don't have to? My first one was on how to fight a ticket. Thanks to NoLo, I reduced the price of my ticket by $120. Now, I anticipate recovering the cost of a fender bender where I am dealing with one uninsured and one unwilling party. It is not fun, but those NoLo books allow you to uphold your rights when you have to.
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It is a good beginner's book for persons who have the need to go to Small Claims Court only occasionally. However, if you go to the small claims court frequently, such as a landlord owning several rentals, he/she must obtain another book to supplement his/her knowledge with the "Consumer Law Sourcebook, Small Claims Court, Laws & Procedures" published and distributed by the State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, for a price of $40.00 only for a wealth of information. This book provides in detail the law and procedures in Small Courts in California. You will be surprised that in some or most of the cases, even the court clerks in some courts are not knowledgeable about some of the matters about small claims and their appeals. As an example, one supervisory court clerk told me that an appeal from Small Claims Court goes to a regular Civil Court with the Civil Court laws and procedures in force. In fact, the appeal from a Small Court within a Superior Court of California, goes to the same Small Claims Court within the same Superior Court except another new judge is assigned to hear the case, with the same informal small claims court's procedures and total relaxation of Rules of Evidence with respect to hearsay, except either party can be represented by an attorney subject to same procedures. The appeal is heard de novo, meaning that the appeal would be heard again as a new case as a small claims action.
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Most things you'll need to know about going to Small Claims Court if you're unlucky enough to be in that situation.

We lost our case, but it probably was the fault of the idiot judge than it was our approach.

Do advise you though to look to a few sources of information. There's a great website by someone who was in court with their landlord for example, really thorough, full presentation advice etc.
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