It may say Small Claims on the Summons and Complaint, but there is no such thing as a small lawsuit. When you factor in the stress, lost time and money, and potential negative impact to your reputation, a small claims case can pack a similar punch to a large claims case. In fact, the small claims limit was recently doubled from $5,000 to $10,000 in cases involving a claim for money.
At Roney & Knupp, we take every small claims case very seriously. Our attorneys handle hundreds of small claims matters each year. We know the commissioners and judges, we know the procedure, and most importantly we know what to do to give you the best chance of coming out on top.
While it's true that small claims court was designed to be more accessible to non-lawyers, you will be at a distinct disadvantage if you are not familiar with the process, and if you do not know how to properly and persuasively present your case. Small claims commissioners and judges are extremely busy. As a result, in most counties each side is given very little time to present its case. In Milwaukee County, for example, small claims litigants are typically given 20-30 minutes to present evidence and make arguments. That is extremely difficult to do, even for the most experienced attorney; it requires the judgment to know exactly what evidence the court will view is critical, and what evidence can be left out. Our attorneys know how to do just that.
Give us a call today to discuss your small claims case. Flat fees are available in most cases so you will know exactly how much an attorney will cost from the outset.