GREENSBORO, NC -- It's the threat you hear people say when they feel they've been wronged, "I'll take you to court!"
Going to court is an everyday thing and yet it is not simple or cheap. Small claims court is not for services to be done, or your name to be cleared, it is for property or money owed.
Here in North Carolina, you can file a lawsuit in small claims court if you are looking for a payout of $10,000 or less.
It will cost you $96 to file the claim and $30 for each one of the people you're suing to be served the papers.
You are presenting your case to the judge. Legal Aid of North Carolina walks you through the small claims process.
You'll need evidence: receipts, checks, contracts, lease agreement, pictures, diagrams.
You have a limited about of time explain why you're owed money, just the facts no drama.
Check out Legal Aid's checklist help you organize your case.
This is one of the many helps on their website.
Know this, if a judge rules in your favor. That doesn't mean you collect the money right here.
The debtor has 10 days to pay you.
And if they don't, and in many cases they don't, then you have to start going into other processes to collect.
Legal Aid of NC doesn't give advice but can assist you in matters of everything from custody disputes, property issues, landlord tenant issues and more. Their number is 1-866-219-5262