Who Can File a Claim?
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 ad litem. This is a person who will act for you in
the case. The guardian ad litem is
a parent, relative, or adult friend.
A person who sues in Small Claims Court
first make a demand of the other party
possible. This means you have asked
to pay and the defendant has refused.
your claim is for possession of personal
property, you must ask the defendant
you the property.
Unless you fall within two technical
you must be the original owner of the
This means that if the claim is assigned,
the buyer cannot sue in Small Claims
You must appear at the hearing yourself
you filed a claim for a corporation
entity that is not a natural person.
If a corporation files a claim, an
officer, or director must appear and
on its behalf. If the claim is filed
association or other business entity,
employed person of the entity must
and act on its behalf. A person who
for a corporation or other entity must
be employed or associated solely for
purpose of representing the corporation
entity in Small Claims Court. You must
a declaration with the court to appear
any of these instances.