Do you need a lawyer for a small claims case?
It all depends on the complexity of your case and whether it’s contested. Generally you don’t need a lawyer to file a small claims action. But if the defendant hires a lawyer, you may want to do the same to protect your interests, especially if your case is tried before a judge or jury. If you win your case, the court may order the defendant to pay the following attorney fees to you:
– Judgment of $1,000 or more, attorney fees will be $300
– Judgment less than $1,000, attorney fees will be $100
You must pay the rest of your lawyer’s fees yourself.
Note: If you obtain a default judgment or if the
other side voluntarily dismisses the lawsuit, you
get one-half of the attorney fee.