A California Small Claims Complaint is filed with the court to sue an individual or business. The Complaint is filed, served on the Defendant and a hearing is set for the parties to explain their respective sides to the court. In California, a Plaintiff that is a business may only sue for a maximum of $5,000, and an individual may only sue for a maximum of $10,000. Any claims exceeding this amount should be filed as a Civil Complaint.*
*48 Hour Turnaround. Filing fee of up to $75 payable to Court separately
A California Civil Complaint is filed with the court to sue an individual or business. The Complaint is filed and must then be served on the Defendant who has 30 days to file an answer to your complaint. A Civil Complaint may be filed for any amount of money, however smaller amounts under $10,000.00 may be filed as a small claims case instead.
A Civil Answer is filed with the court after you have been sued by an individual or company. You have 30 days from the date you were served to file and serve an Answer to the Complaint. A Civil Answer is used to either admit or deny parts of the Complaint and also list any defenses you have to the lawsuit.
*48-72 Hour Turnaround. Filing fee of up to $435 payable to the court separately
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