It may say Small Claims on the court paperwork, but there is no such thing as a small lawsuit. When you factor in stress, lost time and money, and the potential negative impact to your reputation, a small claims case packs a similar punch to a large claims case. That is even more so with the recent limit increase 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 every year. We know the commissioners and judges and we know the procedure. 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. You need to 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 an experienced attorney. It requires the judgment to know exactly what evidence the court will view as critical, and what evidence can be left out. Our attorneys have the experience 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.