Everybody's guide to small claims court

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Berkeley, California : Nolo, 2016.
16th edition.
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423 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
You don't need a lawyer to win in small claims court--you need to know how to prepare and present your own case. Smart Win your small claims case You don't need a lawyer to win in small claims court--you need to know how to prepare and present your own case. Smart preparation for your day in court can make the difference between receiving a check and writing one. Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court provides the information, tips, and strategies you need to sue someone successfully or put up a winning defense in any state. Find out how to: file and serve papers mediate an out-of-court settlement prepare evidence to support your case decide how much to sue for line up persuasive witnesses present a winning case collect money when you win This edition is completely updated to include the latest procedures and information for small claims courts in every state. Plus, this book includes useful, practical tips by small claims court judges and commissioners who've seen it all. If you are a California resident? Check out Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
"Step-by-step instructions for bringing or defending a small claims court case without a lawyer"--Provided by publisher.
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Warner, R. (2016). Everybody's guide to small claims court. 16th edition. Berkeley, California: Nolo.

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Warner, Ralph. 2016. Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court. Berkeley, California: Nolo.

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Warner, Ralph, Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court. Berkeley, California: Nolo, 2016.

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Warner, Ralph. Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court. 16th edition. Berkeley, California: Nolo, 2016.

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