How to Win in Small Claims Court in Florida, 7th Edition by P-SourceBooks

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Filing a small claims case allows you to have the court determine your legal rights in cases of up to $5,000. However, a new court rule forbids judges to explain your legal rights, and without this knowledge you can lose your case. How to Win in Small Claims Court in Florida simplifies and thoroughly explains everything you need to know to successfully handle your own small claims case, whether you are the plaintiff or defendant.Complete with court terminology, step-by-step instructions and the forms you need, this book makes filing or defending suits in small claims court inexpensive and hassle-free.This book explains in simple language:Whether you have a valid caseRules of evidenceHow to file your caseUsing expert witnessesArguing your caseFollowing rules of evidenceDefending your caseCollecting your judgmentSettling your caseGarnishing wagesCountersuing

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									How to Win in Small Claims Court in Florida, 7th
Edition
Legal Survival Guides

Author: Mark Warda



Edition: Seventh
Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1:Small Claims Court, Generally
Types of Cases That Can Be Heard
How Much You Can Sue For
Procedure
Needing an Attorney
Where You Can Get Help
What You Can Recover
Terminology
Chapter 2: Before You Sue 9
Deciding If You Have a Case
Proving Your Case
Deciding on Time and Effort
Collecting If You Win
Steps Before Filing Suit
Chapter 3: Filing Your Case
Those Who Can Sue
Those Who Can Be Sued
Where to File Your Suit
Fees
Amount to Sue For
Other Remedies You Can Ask For
The Beginning
Attachments to the Claim
Possible Defenses
Jury Trial
Serving the Papers
Chapter 4: Defending Yourself
Ignoring a Summons
Your Defenses
Settling the Case
Chapter 5: Countersuing
Compulsory Claims
How to Countersue
Exceeding the Limit
Crossclaim and Third Party Claim
Chapter 6: Your Pretrial Conference and Trial
The Pretrial Conference
Settling Before Trial
Dismissing the Case
Jury Trial
Court Reporters
Trial
“The Rule”
Preparation for Trial
Presenting Your Case
The Court’s Ruling
The Judgment
Hearing in Aid of Execution
Stipulation to Stay Entry of Judgment
Chapter 7: Rules of Evidence
Hearsay Rule
Witnesses
Expert Witnesses
Oral Evidence
The Parol Evidence Rule
Proof
Chapter 8: Collecting Your Judgment
Hearing in Aid of Execution
Exempt Property
Judgment Lien
Depositions
Levy
Garnishment
Bankruptcy
Satisfaction of Judgment
Chapter 9: Rehearings and Appeals
Vacating a Default
Appeal
Rehearing or New Trial
Deadlines
Cross Appeal
Glossary
Appendix A: Lawyer Referral Services
Appendix B: Florida Small Claims Rules
Appendix C: Checklists
Appendix D: Forms
Index
Description

Filing a small claims case allows you to have the court determine your legal rights in cases of up to
$5,000. However, a new court rule forbids judges to explain your legal rights, and without this knowledge
you can lose your case. How to Win in Small Claims Court in Florida simplifies and thoroughly explains
everything you need to know to successfully handle your own small claims case, whether you are the
plaintiff or defendant.Complete with court terminology, step-by-step instructions and the forms you need,
this book makes filing or defending suits in small claims court inexpensive and hassle-free.This book
explains in simple language:Whether you have a valid caseRules of evidenceHow to file your caseUsing
expert witnessesArguing your caseFollowing rules of evidenceDefending your caseCollecting your
judgmentSettling your caseGarnishing wagesCountersuing
Author Bio
Mark Warda
Mark Warda received his B. A. from the University of Illinois in Chicago and his J.D. from the University of
Illinois in Champaign. He practiced law in Clearwater, Florida, then gave up a busy practice to publish
self-help law books. He has written or co-authored over forty books, including Land Trusts in Florida and
How to Form a Corporation in Florida.
m a Corporation in Florida.
poration in Florida.

								
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