In the state of Georgia, small claims is used if you can't to resolve a dispute with a person or a business, you may take your problem to magistrate court. Georgia small claims can be complicated, contact us for a free consultation. The limit in Georgia small claims court is $15,000.00.
Examples of problems often taken to magistrate court include:
- A tenant refusing to pay for damages in excess of the security deposit.
- A landlord seeking to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent.
- A landlord failing to return a security deposit.
- A merchant refusing to replace, repair or refund faulty merchandise.
- A person refusing to return money or property borrowed from another.
- A dry cleaner refusing to pay for lost or damaged clothing.
- A driver refusing to pay for repairs after denting someone's fender.
- An auto mechanic charging for work not done, unnecessary repairs or faulty workmanship.
Once the defendant is properly served with the small claims complaint, the defendant will have 30 days to file an answer. If the defendant fails to file an answer your win the case by default. Courtlinked.com will assist you step-by-step with the motion of default entry.
The defendant may file a claim in magistrate court in your own name without an attorney, or you may hire an attorney at your expense. Magistrate court cases are heard and decided by a judge without a jury. In some counties, mediation is recommended or required before a judge will hear the case. For more information, contact us today!
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