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WHAT IS THE NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS SECTION, SPECIAL CIVIL PART COURT?
New Jersey Small Claims New Jersey Small Claims cases are handled by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Special Civil Part, Small Claims Section. A New Jersey Small Claims case is a New Jersey civil court case in which the money sought to be recovered does not exceed $3,000 (or $5,000 if the New Jersey Small Claims case involves the return of a rental security deposit). Lawsuits for higher amounts of money must be filed with other New Jersey Courts. In New Jersey Small Claims cases for damages up to $15,000, the New Jersey Small Claims claimant should file in the regular Special Civil Part and in New Jersey Small Claims New Jersey Small Claims cases involving damages greater than $15,000, the New Jersey Small Claims claimant should file in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Civil Part. There are also exceptions to these rules – not all types of New Jersey Small Claims cases are able to be filed in the New Jersey Small Claims Court. For example, if you have a claim involving a family law situation, you may have to file in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part. Also, if you are a New Jersey landlord who seeks to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent, you may have to file your New Jersey Small Claims claim in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Special Civil Part, Landlord Tenant Section. If you file your New Jersey Small Claims lawsuit in the New Jersey Small Claims Court, you shall very likely be prevented from recovering more money than $3,000 (or $5,000 if the New Jersey Small Claims case involves the return of a rental security deposit). Because the procedures for handling New Jersey New Jersey Small Claims cases in the New Jersey Small Claims Court are relatively easier than in New Jersey Courts deciding New Jersey Small Claims New Jersey Small Claims cases involving larger sums of money, most the New Jersey Small Claims lawsuits filed in the New Jersey Small Claims Court move more rapidly through the New Jersey court system than New Jersey lawsuits filed for larger sums of money.

WHAT IF MY DAMAGES ARE HIGHER THAN THE NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS LIMIT BUT I AM WILLING TO GIVE UP THE CHANCE TO RECOVER MORE THAN THE MAXIMUM AMOUNTS RECOVERABLE IN NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT?
It is not unusual New Jersey Small Claims plaintiffs or New Jersey Small Claims defendants with damage claims higher than the New Jersey Small Claims Court limit to file their lawsuit in the New Jersey Small Claims Court. If you are willing to forever give up your right to recover New Jersey Small Claims money damages higher than the limits of the New Jersey Small Claims Court, you are able to file your New Jersey Small Claims case in the New Jersey Small Claims Court.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT CASE INVOLVES A CORPORATION, PARTNERSHIP OR LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY?
The officers of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and the like can generally appear in New Jersey Small Claims Court but cannot generally appear in New Jersey regular Special Civil Part in New Jersey Small Claims New Jersey Small Claims cases involving disputes exceeding $3,000 since the corporation, partnership or limited liability company must usually be represented by a New Jersey Small Claims attorney. There may be some exceptions to these rules, such as where the New Jersey Small Claims case involves a summary action for possession of premises. Consult with a New Jersey Small Claims lawyer to confirm whether the corporation, partnership or limited liability company may appear in the Court where you are filing your New Jersey Small Claims case. Also, if you sue a company and the company represents itself at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial and you thereafter win the New Jersey Small Claims case and recover a New Jersey Small Claims judgment, it is possible that the company shall get the New Jersey Small Claims judgment overturned because they were not permitted to appear in New Jersey Small Claims court for themselves in the first place!

WHAT TYPES OF NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS CASES ARE USUALLY FILED IN THE NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT?
• Contract disputes
• Property damage disputes, such as car accidents where only property is damaged (and persons do not sustain serious personal injuries)
• Bill collection disputes
• Security deposit disputes
• Disputes between consumers and merchants involving unsatisfactory goods or services, such as home repair disputes or automotive repair disputes

WHAT TYPES OF NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS CASES CANNOT BE FILED IN THE NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT?
• New Jersey Small Claims cases where the New Jersey Small Claims claimant seeks to recover sums that exceed the damages recoverable in the New Jersey Small Claims Court – $3,000 (or $5,000 if the New Jersey Small Claims case involves the return of a rental security deposit).
• New Jersey Small Claims New Jersey Small Claims cases involving a family law situation, such as those involving divorce, child support, spousal support or promises between boyfriends and girlfriends or fiancées for the payment of sums of money associated with their relationships.
• Professional Liability/Malpractice New Jersey Small Claims cases – claims brought against doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers and similar licensed professionals for conduct involving violations of their professional responsibilities/duties
• New Jersey Small Claims New Jersey Small Claims cases involving the probate of a will or other certain issues involving the administration of an estate or certain claims brought against it.
• New Jersey Small Claims cases where a New Jersey landlord who seeks to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent (there is a Court called the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Special Civil Part, Landlord Tenant Section that handles most such disputes).

WHEN DO I FILE A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS LAWSUIT?
There are specific deadlines for all types of lawsuits, called statutes of limitation or statutes of repose. For example, some contract disputes must be filed within 4 years that the dispute first arose or from the date the contract was signed, while other contract disputes must be filed within 6 years of one of those two events. To determine which deadlines apply to your New Jersey Small Claims case, consult a New Jersey Small Claims lawyer. Failure to file a New Jersey Small Claims lawsuit within the specific deadline may result in your forever giving up all rights to file a New Jersey Small Claims lawsuit against the people or businesses who you believe caused you to suffer damages. If your New Jersey Small Claims claim involves a government branch or government employee, consult with a New Jersey Small Claims lawyer, since you may have 90 days or less to file a claim notice in writing before you are even able to file a New Jersey Small Claims lawsuit.

HOW AND WHERE DO I FILE A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS LAWSUIT?
You may file a New Jersey Small Claims lawsuit – called a “complaint” – in the New Jersey Small Claims Court by preparing a written complaint and filing it by either visiting the New Jersey Superior Courthouse or appropriate Court Finance Office in the county where you intend to file the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint – all of which are located in the county seat of the appropriate county -- or by sending the necessary paperwork to the appropriate county office of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Unless you qualify for indigent status (provided to people with limited income), you must pay New Jersey Small Claims filing and service fees to file your New Jersey Small Claims complaint and to have it served on the New Jersey Small Claims defendants named to the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint. The New Jersey Small Claims fee is determined based on the number of parties you are suing, the dollar amount of the dispute and the type of trial you want. The New Jersey Special Civil Part fees often change, so it is important that you check with the New Jersey Small Claims Court as to the appropriate fee when you are actually ready to file your papers. If you are poor, you may ask the New Jersey Small Claims Court for an application for indigent status, which, if granted, shall result in your filing fees being waived by the New Jersey Small Claims, Special Civil Part Court. Only persons age 18 or older are able to file a New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint for themselves (minors must file a New Jersey Small Claims lawsuit through their parent or guardian). There are specific rules about where to file Small Claims Court complaints in the New Jersey Special Civil Part, which depend on various considerations. For example, if the person you are suing lives in New Jersey or if you are suing a company with an office in New Jersey or with a registered agent in New Jersey, you usually must sue in the county where the person resides or where the company’s office or registered agent is located. If none of the individuals that you are suing in New Jersey Small Claims lives or (in the New Jersey Small Claims case of a business) has an office in New Jersey, you file the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint in the county where the events giving rise to the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint actually occurred. Small Claims complaint forms are available at the appropriate office of the New Jersey Special Civil Part and via the worldwide web. However, neither New Jersey Small Claims forms, websites nor advice from New Jersey Small Claims Court personnel are good substitutes for a New Jersey Small Claims lawyer’s legal services. Each New Jersey Small Claims Court case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. It is extremely important that you prepare your New Jersey Small Claims complaint very carefully and make sure that you include in the document a list of all factual and legal reasons why you may have a right to win your New Jersey Small Claims case, since failure to do so could cause you to lose your New Jersey Small Claims case. It is very common New Jersey Small Claims plaintiffs or New Jersey Small Claims defendants to file inadequate or incorrect Small Claims Court complaints that result in the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaints or answers to Small Claims Court complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Special Civil Part or being dismissed by the New Jersey Special Civil Part after filing and before or after a New Jersey Small Claims trial because of procedural deficiencies. When filing a New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint in the New Jersey Small Claims Court, be sure to include the following information:
 your full name, address, and telephone number.
 the correct names and addresses of all people named as defendants in the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint.
 properly identify whether each defendant is an individual, a sole proprietorship, a partnership, or a corporation.
 the amount of money for which you are suing.
 a list of factual reasons why you seek damages from each defendant
 a list of all legal reasons why you may have a right to win your New Jersey Small Claims case.
 whether at the present time there is any other case involving both you and the other parties named to the lawsuit and, if so, the name of the New Jersey Small Claims Court in which any other such case is being heard.
 your signature on the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint form.
If you are not represented by a New Jersey Small Claims attorney in a New Jersey Small Claims Court case, you are called a “pro se litigant”. Most Small Claims Court complaints filed in New Jersey Special Civil Part that go to trial are nonjury trials, meaning that only a New Jersey Small Claims judge hears the New Jersey Small Claims case. There may be certain exceptions and you should ask a New Jersey Small Claims attorney to explain those exceptions to you. For example, the New Jersey Small Claims Court may, in its discretion, order a New Jersey Small Claims trial by jury at the New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff's expense, to be added in the costs of the action notwithstanding the failure of all parties to have made a New Jersey Small Claims jury demand. If you are a New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff and want a New Jersey Small Claims jury to determine your New Jersey Small Claims case rather than a New Jersey Small Claims judge alone, don’t file your New Jersey Small Claims case in New Jersey Small Claims Court; instead, file the New Jersey Small Claims case in the regular New Jersey Special Civil Part!

WHAT IF I AM SUED IN THE NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT?
If you are sued in the New Jersey Small Claims Court, you shall be named to a New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint or New Jersey Small Claims counterclaim and must be prepared to defend yourself in New Jersey Small Claims court by appearing when the New Jersey Small Claims trial is scheduled in your New Jersey Small Claims case. Failure to do so will normally result in your being defaulted and exposes you to the risk of having a New Jersey Small Claims money judgment entered against you and thereafter, possibly losing money or property. If you are not represented by a New Jersey Small Claims attorney in a New Jersey Small Claims Court case, you are called a “pro se litigant”. Most New Jersey Small Claims cases filed in the New Jersey Small Claims Court that go to trial are nonjury trials, meaning that only a New Jersey Small Claims judge hears the New Jersey Small Claims case. A New Jersey Small Claims Court defendant may demand a New Jersey Small Claims jury trial by paying an additional filing fee and filing a written demand for a New Jersey Small Claims trial by jury with the New Jersey Small Claims Court clerk at the principal location of the New Jersey Small Claims Court. However, the demand must be filed with the New Jersey Small Claims Court clerk served upon opposing parties at least five days before the return day stated on the summons, whereupon the clerk shall transfer the action from the New Jersey Small Claims Court to the regular New Jersey Special Civil Part. Jury trials are much more complex than nonjury trials and usually require much more preparation, including extensive paperwork. However, a New Jersey Small Claims jury trial demand may result in the facts of your New Jersey Small Claims case being decided by a New Jersey Small Claims jury of ordinary people rather than by a single judge. Even where a New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff or New Jersey Small Claims defendant requests a New Jersey Small Claims jury trial, the legal issues in the New Jersey Small Claims trial are normally decided by the New Jersey Small Claims judge hearing the New Jersey Small Claims case.

WHAT IF I AM SUED IN THE NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT BUT SOMEONE OWES ME MONEY BECAUSE OF THE SITUATION THAT IS THE SUBJECT OF THE NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST ME?
If you are a New Jersey Small Claims defendant and someone that isn’t named in the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint owes you money or property based on the same set of facts as those in dispute in the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint or facts related to the dispute, you may be able to file a counterclaim or New Jersey Small Claims third party complaint to recover the money or property (discussed below). If there are valid facts and legal reasons to support it, a New Jersey Small Claims Court defendant can file their own New Jersey Small Claims lawsuit against a New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff, called a “counterclaim If you are sued and someone who is not named in the lawsuit is partially or totally responsible for the New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff’s damages or for damages you suffered and there are valid facts and legal reasons to support it, a New Jersey Small Claims Court defendant can file their own complaint, called a “New Jersey Small Claims third party complaint”. By doing so, the New Jersey Small Claims defendant names parties not originally named to the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint as additional parties to the New Jersey Small Claims case. Counterclaims and New Jersey Small Claims third party complaints must be prepared in writing and filed with the appropriate court where the original complaint is being heard normally require extra fees above the cost of filing an answer to the original complaint. In the New Jersey Small Claims case of a New Jersey Small Claims third party complaint, once properly filed, the New Jersey Small Claims Court normally serves it on the New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff. New Jersey Small Claims forms may be available at the appropriate office of the New Jersey Small Claims Court and via the worldwide web. However, neither New Jersey Small Claims forms, websites nor advice from New Jersey Small Claims Court personnel are good substitutes for a New Jersey Small Claims lawyer’s legal services. Each New Jersey Small Claims Court case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. It is very common New Jersey Small Claims plaintiffs or New Jersey Small Claims defendants to file inadequate or incorrect Small Claims Court complaints or New Jersey Small Claims counterclaims that result in the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaints or answers to Small Claims Court complaints or New Jersey Small Claims counterclaims being rejected by the New Jersey Small Claims Court or being dismissed by the New Jersey Small Claims Court after filing and before or after a New Jersey Small Claims trial because of procedural deficiencies. It is important to be truthful and not to make misstatements of facts when filing counterclaims and New Jersey Small Claims third party complaints. It is extremely important that you prepare your New Jersey Small Claims counterclaim or New Jersey Small Claims third party complaint carefully and make sure that you include in the New Jersey Small Claims documents a detailed list of all reasons why you may have a right to win your New Jersey Small Claims case, since failure to do so could cause you to lose your New Jersey Small Claims case. Accordingly, when you are sued and when you want to file a counterclaim or New Jersey Small Claims third party complaint, you should seriously consider hiring a New Jersey Small Claims attorney to prepare your response to the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint or New Jersey Small Claims counterclaim, to prepare a New Jersey Small Claims written requests for information to the party that sued you (discussed further below) and if you can afford it, to have a New Jersey Small Claims attorney represent you in New Jersey Small Claims court. After your New Jersey Small Claims counterclaim or New Jersey Small Claims third party complaint is prepared, you must file it by either visiting the New Jersey Superior Courthouse or appropriate Court Finance Office in the county where the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint was filed – all of which are located in the county seat of the appropriate county -- or by sending the necessary paperwork to the appropriate county office of the Superior Court of New Jersey. When filing a counterclaim or New Jersey Small Claims third party complaint in the New Jersey Small Claims Court, be sure to include the following information:
 your full name, address, and telephone number.
 the correct names and addresses of all people named as defendants in the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint.
 properly identify whether each defendant is an individual, a sole proprietorship, a partnership, or a corporation.
 the amount of money for which you are suing.
 a list of factual reasons why you seek damages from each plaintiff or third party defendant
 a list of all legal reasons why you may have a right to win your New Jersey Small Claims case.
 whether at the present time there is any other case involving both you and the other parties named to the lawsuit and, if so, the name of the New Jersey Small Claims Court in which any other such case is being heard.
 your signature on the counterclaim or New Jersey Small Claims third party complaint form.
You must pay a fee to file the document. If you are owed more than the limit for claims filed in the New Jersey Small Claims Court and you want to recover all the money you believe you are due, you shall have to get instructions on how to have the New Jersey Small Claims case removed from that section, Special Civil Part to the regular New Jersey Special Civil Part (if the sum that you claim does not exceed $15,000) or the Law Division, Civil Part (if the sum you claim is greater than $15,000).

WHAT IF I FILED A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT LAWSUIT AND DEFENDANT FILED A COUNTERCLAIM AGAINST ME?
If there are valid facts and legal reasons to support it, a New Jersey Small Claims Court defendant can file their own lawsuit against a New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff, called a “counterclaim”. If you are named to a counterclaim, you must be prepared to defend yourself in New Jersey Small Claims court by appearing when the New Jersey Small Claims trial is scheduled in your New Jersey Small Claims case. Failure to do so will normally result in your being defaulted and exposes you to the risk of having a New Jersey Small Claims money judgment entered against you and thereafter, possibly losing money or property. It is possible for plaintiffs to win on their complaint only to lose on a New Jersey Small Claims Court defendant’s counterclaim. If you are not represented by a New Jersey Small Claims attorney in a New Jersey Small Claims Court case, you are called a “pro se litigant”. Most New Jersey Small Claims cases filed New Jersey Small Claims Court that go to trial are nonjury trials, meaning that only a New Jersey Small Claims judge hears the New Jersey Small Claims case. If you are a New Jersey Small Claims Court defendant in a New Jersey Small Claims Court case, you could try to demand a New Jersey Small Claims jury trial by paying an additional filing fee and filing a written demand for a New Jersey Small Claims trial by jury with the New Jersey Small Claims Court clerk at the principal location of the New Jersey Small Claims Court. However, the demand must be filed with the New Jersey Small Claims Court clerk served upon opposing parties at least five days before the return day stated on the summons, whereupon the clerk shall transfer the action from the New Jersey Small Claims Court to the regular New Jersey Special Civil Part. Jury trials are much more complex than nonjury trials and usually require much more preparation, including extensive paperwork. However, a New Jersey Small Claims jury trial demand may result in the facts of your New Jersey Small Claims case being decided by a New Jersey Small Claims jury of ordinary people rather than by a single judge. Even where a New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff or New Jersey Small Claims defendant requests a New Jersey Small Claims jury trial, the legal issues in the New Jersey Small Claims trial are normally decided by the New Jersey Small Claims judge hearing the New Jersey Small Claims case.

IF I AM A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS PLAINTIFF OR DEFENDANT NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT, WILL THE OTHER SIDE HAVE A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS ATTORNEY?
If you are not represented by a New Jersey Small Claims attorney in a New Jersey Small Claims Court case, you are called a “pro se litigant”. While people can and often do represent themselves New Jersey Small Claims Court, their opponent may be represented by a New Jersey Small Claims attorney, which often places the unrepresented party at a major disadvantage. If possible, hire a New Jersey Small Claims attorney to at least prepare any necessary Small Claims paperwork or other New Jersey court paperwork and if you can afford it, to also appear and represent you in New Jersey Small Claims court at any motions or trials. The proper preparation of legal papers and preparation of a New Jersey Small Claims case for trial often requires knowledge of legal issues that only New Jersey Small Claims lawyers have. Court rules and evidence rules are often complex and accordingly, are often difficult to follow. Trials can be very complex and time consuming – sometimes they take all day or more than one day to complete. People who are not New Jersey Small Claims lawyers licensed to practice law in New Jersey are not able to give you legal advice about New Jersey Small Claims Court disputes that are heard by New Jersey courts, regardless of whether the people work for a court or work for a New Jersey Small Claims attorney.

IF THE OTHER SIDE HIRES A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS ATTORNEY, SHOULD I DEAL WITH THE ATTORNEY OR THEIR CLIENTS?
If a New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff or New Jersey Small Claims defendant is represented by a New Jersey Small Claims attorney in a New Jersey Small Claims Court dispute, you must generally avoid having oral or written contact regarding the New Jersey Small Claims case with the represented party and instead, must make all communications involving the New Jersey Small Claims case through the represented party’s attorney.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT COMPLAINT IS FILED?
After the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint is filed, court staff shall serve the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint on the New Jersey Small Claims defendants, usually by mailing it by certified and regular mail. The New Jersey Small Claims defendant has 35 days following service of the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint to file an answer. The summons should state the date on which the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint was served. The New Jersey Small Claims Court normally mails the New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff a notice stating the date on which New Jersey Small Claims cases are automatically defaulted (35 days after service of the answer).

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT TRIAL IN A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT CASE?
On the day that your New Jersey Small Claims case goes to trial you must appear at court. Usually, many New Jersey Small Claims cases are heard on the day that your New Jersey Small Claims case is called for trial and it is not uncommon for many people to wait in a single courtroom for their case to be called. You must be on time to avoid losing your New Jersey Small Claims case! If a New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff fails to appear when their case is called, the New Jersey Small Claims Court is likely to dismiss the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint. If a New Jersey Small Claims Court defendant fails to appear when the New Jersey Small Claims case is called, the New Jersey Small Claims Court shall likely enter a default. If a New Jersey Small Claims Court default is entered, you shall have to prepare and file paperwork with the New Jersey Small Claims Court asking the New Jersey Small Claims Court to enter a default judgment in your favor. If no default is entered, you must be prepared to present your New Jersey Small Claims case or defense. It is not uncommon for judges to get very frustrated by an unrepresented party’s lack of preparation or ignorance of the facts or law of the New Jersey Small Claims case. A court has the power to punish unprepared parties, such as by throwing their case out of court or limiting what they can present at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial. You must bring all New Jersey Small Claims documents, photographs, videos and other items with you to the New Jersey Small Claims trial that are necessary to prove your New Jersey Small Claims case (preferably originals). Even if you bring such New Jersey Small Claims documents and items to court, the New Jersey Small Claims Court may refuse to allow you to use them at your trial. New Jersey has published New Jersey Small Claims cases, laws, regulations, court rules and rules of evidence that are very tricky and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial. Accordingly, before trial, you must consult all of these rules to determine how you intend to get your New Jersey Small Claims documents and items into evidence or how to properly use them at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial. Hearsay rules of evidence are particularly troublesome and you should study them carefully before trial. For example, it is very common for courts to refuse to allow a New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff or New Jersey Small Claims defendant to use or refer to New Jersey Small Claims documents or items that the person themselves never prepared. Often parties stumble into Small Claims Court with a video, photograph, bill or affidavit or other form of written statement, thinking they are going to use it as proof that they lost money or that they are not responsible for someone else’s damages, only to have a New Jersey Small Claims judge tell the parties that it is not going to even consider such items or New Jersey Small Claims documents. Without the proper preparation, items and New Jersey Small Claims documents may never be considered by the New Jersey Small Claims Court. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published New Jersey Small Claims cases. If you have any witnesses that you need to testify for you at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial, then in advance of the New Jersey Small Claims trial and as required by court rules, laws and published New Jersey Small Claims cases, you must prepare a written subpoena (or subpoenas if the New Jersey Small Claims case is adjourned). Such a subpoena must normally be personally served by a process server rather than by mail. If you want to force one of the parties to the New Jersey Small Claims case to testify as part of your New Jersey Small Claims case, since they might not show up at the New Jersey Small Claims trial (it is possible that only their attorney will show up), you should serve them with a notice in lieu of subpoena. If you think that you could have problems getting someone to show up to provide testimony at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial, you should have a process server serve them with a subpoena or if they are a New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff or New Jersey Small Claims defendant to the dispute, a notice in lieu of subpoena. Without witnesses to testify at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial (especially experts, discussed above), you may lose your New Jersey Small Claims case. Trials can be very complex and time consuming – sometimes they take all day or more than one day to complete. Also, it is very common for trials to get adjourned because someone is not ready to present their case for a valid reason (but you can never expect that you shall automatically get an adjournment and you must always be fully ready to try your New Jersey Small Claims case on the date that the New Jersey Small Claims trial is scheduled since courts often refuse adjournment requests and dismiss New Jersey Small Claims cases if parties are not prepared to proceed with their case or defense on the New Jersey Small Claims trial date). It is best to have your questions for any witnesses prepared in advance. At the end of trial, the New Jersey Small Claims Court normally enters a New Jersey Small Claims judgment for or against you. The New Jersey Small Claims Court may also withhold or “reserve” judgment for a later date, which normally results in the New Jersey Small Claims Court taking time to write up its reasons for its decision and mailing it to the parties’ last known addresses (or to their New Jersey Small Claims lawyers, if they are represented).

WHAT IS NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT MEDIATION?
In most New Jersey Small Claims cases, before the New Jersey Small Claims trial occurs the New Jersey Small Claims Court requires the parties to mediate their dispute. New Jersey Small Claims mediation is an informal hearing normally held in a conference room. You and the other party and any New Jersey Small Claims lawyers involved in the New Jersey Small Claims case appear at the mediation. The New Jersey Small Claims mediation is conducted by a neutral court appointed mediator. The New Jersey Small Claims mediator is trained in resolving disputes through the process of mediation. Accordingly, the New Jersey Small Claims mediator attempts to resolve the New Jersey Small Claims case by suggesting a possible settlement to both parties. During the New Jersey Small Claims mediation, none of the parties is required to settle the New Jersey Small Claims case. Indeed, one or all of the parties may not even make any offer to settle. Note that New Jersey Small Claims cases do not always undergo mediation. If the New Jersey Small Claims case cannot be settled before trial and your New Jersey Small Claims case is called to be tried, you must be prepared to present your New Jersey Small Claims case or defenses.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO SETTLE MY NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT CASE?
Parties may voluntarily agree to settle their case but preparing the proper settlement agreement requires great care. Normally, at any trial proceeding, the New Jersey Small Claims Court has settlement forms for the parties to complete. However, neither New Jersey Small Claims forms, websites nor advice from New Jersey Small Claims Court personnel are good substitutes for a New Jersey Small Claims lawyer’s legal services. Each New Jersey Small Claims Court case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. For example, what if you don’t include protections to yourself in the agreement? A court may refuse to enforce a New Jersey Small Claims settlement agreement if it is unclear what the parties agreed to. Also, if a New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff or New Jersey Small Claims defendant fails to honor a New Jersey Small Claims Court settlement, you may have to return to court if you want to enforce the New Jersey Small Claims Court settlement, which normally requires you to file a motion. If you can afford a New Jersey Small Claims attorney, it is best to have the attorney prepare the New Jersey Small Claims Court settlement agreement so that they can try to make the other parties agree to the best settlement terms for you. If you do settle your New Jersey Small Claims case yourself, you should notify the New Jersey Small Claims Court as soon as possible – with a phone call and then followed up in writing. If the New Jersey Small Claims case is settled before trial, you should make every effort to advise the New Jersey Small Claims Court before the New Jersey Small Claims trial occurs.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT DEFAULT JUDGMENT IS ENTERED AGAINST YOU AND YOU IGNORE IT?
If you ignore a New Jersey Small Claims judgment, your bank account may be frozen and money in it turned over to the New Jersey Small Claims judgment holder, some of your wages may be taken from you, your personal property may be seized by the sheriff and sold to satisfy the New Jersey Small Claims judgment and/or a lien may be put against a house you own. If the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint is for New Jersey Small Claims money damages caused by a motor vehicle accident and the New Jersey Small Claims judgment requires a New Jersey Small Claims Court defendant to pay $500 or more, the New Jersey Small Claims defendant must pay within 60 days and if they do not, the New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff may file papers asking the New Jersey Small Claims Court to direct the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to stop the New Jersey Small Claims defendant's driving and registration privileges until that judgment is paid. Often people wait until their bank account is frozen or until their wages are attached to take action – at that point it is difficult and sometimes too late to do anything to successfully stop those collection efforts. It is not uncommon to refuse to help such latecomers from taking issue with the collection efforts unless they file papers with the New Jersey Small Claims Court for relief. However, once a New Jersey Small Claims judgment is entered against you, you may ask the New Jersey Small Claims Court to remove or “vacate” the New Jersey Small Claims judgment (discussed below).

DO I NEED AN EXPERT WITNESS TO PROVE MY NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT CASE?
Often to prove one’s New Jersey Small Claims case or to successfully defend against a New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint, it is necessary to hire an expert witness to prepare a proper expert report and to testify regarding another party’s misconduct and the damages sustained as a result of the misconduct. If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the factfinder at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a New Jersey Small Claims witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise. To be considered by the New Jersey Small Claims Court, normally an expert’s opinion must meet three basic requirements: (1) the intended testimony must concern a subject matter that is beyond the knowledge of the average juror; (2) the subject testified to must be at a state of the art such that an expert’s testimony could be sufficiently reliable; and (3) the New Jersey Small Claims witness must have sufficient expertise to offer the intended testimony. To meet the element of whether expert testimony is sufficiently reliable, the party offering the expert testimony must demonstrate that the expert’s opinion or theory is generally accepted within the scientific community. An expert's opinion must be supported by facts or data either in the record or of a type usually relied upon by experts in the field. Bare conclusions of an expert that are not supported by factual evidence are inadmissible. Likewise, expert conclusions based on discredited or improperly performed diagnostic tools are suspect. An expert's trial testimony is confined to the opinion reflected in his or her report. Many expert opinions are never admitted into evidence and experts are thereby prevented from testifying at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial because the New Jersey Small Claims Court finds the reports unreliable and/or inadequate. Therefore, simply hiring an expert does not assure that you shall get their testimony into evidence. Professional experts usually charge a fee to inspect your property and write a report – sometimes they bill by the hour and sometimes via a flat fee arrangement linked to each service they are to perform. The expert normally sends a copy of their report to the party who hired the expert. If your New Jersey Small Claims case requires expert testimony and the matter goes all the way to trial, it shall be necessary to have the expert appear at and testify at same. The expert usually charges additional fees for the time during which they must appear at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial but you may get the expert to include such services as part of the New Jersey Small Claims fee to perform inspections and to write reports. While there are some exceptions, normally, courts do not allow people to show up at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial to introduce into evidence estimates, expert reports and other New Jersey Small Claims documents that they never prepared and witnesses are often necessary to prove one’s case, especially when it comes to the party’s damages.

WHAT HAPPENS IF DEFENDANT IS DEFAULTED ON A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT COMPLAINT OR IF PLAINTIFF IS DEFAULTED ON A COUNTERCLAIM IN A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT CASE?
If a New Jersey Small Claims Court defendant is defaulted at the New Jersey Small Claims Court trial for failure to appear and to defend the New Jersey Small Claims Court case or if plaintiff is defaulted for failure to appear and to defend against a counterclaim, then no trial will occur (unless the New Jersey Small Claims Court vacates the default) and the party winning the New Jersey Small Claims judgment usually has a certain time frame from the date of the entry of default to file additional paperwork with the New Jersey Small Claims Court to seek a New Jersey Small Claims Court default judgment against the losing party. In some New Jersey Small Claims cases, securing a New Jersey Small Claims Court default judgment only requires the winning party to submit paperwork, while in other New Jersey Small Claims cases, the New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff has to prepare and file a motion and the New Jersey Small Claims Court may require the New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff and defendant to appear at a court hearing – a “proof hearing”.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS JUDGMENT IN A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT CASE?
Once you get a New Jersey Small Claims judgment, you become a New Jersey Small Claims judgment creditor and you may decide to do nothing or more likely, you may decide to try to collect it. To collect a New Jersey Small Claims Court judgment, New Jersey Special Civil Part officers may be of assistance in taking steps to collect it, but they cannot provide legal advice. Normally, to collect on a New Jersey Small Claims judgment, you need to know the whereabouts of the debtor’s assets and you need to fill out paperwork to direct the New Jersey Small Claims Court officer to try to recover the New Jersey Small Claims judgment from those assets. The collection process is often difficult and if a debtor files for bankruptcy, you may never collect your judgment. The New Jersey Small Claims Court normally has forms available at the New Jersey Small Claims Courthouse and on the worldwide web. However, neither New Jersey Small Claims forms, websites nor advice from New Jersey Small Claims Court personnel are good substitutes for a New Jersey Small Claims lawyer’s legal services. Each New Jersey Small Claims Court case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a New Jersey Small Claims attorney, it is best to have the attorney perform the steps necessary to collect any New Jersey Small Claims Court judgment.

WHAT IF A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS DEFAULT AND/OR NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS DEFAULT JUDGMENT IS ENTERED AGAINST YOU AND YOU STILL WANT A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL?
If a New Jersey Small Claims Court default and/or default judgment was entered against you, you may seek to remove it, called “vacating the default” or “vacating the default judgment”. To vacate either, you must normally prepare a written motion and file the motion with the New Jersey Small Claims Court asking that the default and/or default judgment be vacated. The New Jersey Small Claims Court normally has forms available at the New Jersey Small Claims Courthouse and on the worldwide web. However, neither New Jersey Small Claims forms, websites nor advice from New Jersey Small Claims Court personnel are good substitutes for a New Jersey Small Claims lawyer’s legal services. Each New Jersey Small Claims Court case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a New Jersey Small Claims attorney, it is best to have the attorney perform the steps necessary to prepare the proper motion. If you ignore the default, it may lead to the entry of a New Jersey Small Claims judgment against you. If you ignore a New Jersey Small Claims judgment, your bank account may be frozen and money in it turned over to the New Jersey Small Claims judgment holder, some of your wages may be taken from you, your personal property may be seized by the sheriff and sold to satisfy the New Jersey Small Claims judgment and/or a lien may be put against a house you own. If the New Jersey Small Claims Court complaint is for New Jersey Small Claims money damages caused by a motor vehicle accident and the New Jersey Small Claims judgment requires a New Jersey Small Claims Court defendant to pay $500 or more, the New Jersey Small Claims defendant must pay within 60 days and if they do not, the New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff may file papers asking the New Jersey Small Claims Court to direct the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to stop the New Jersey Small Claims defendant's driving and registration privileges until that judgment is paid.

TAKING NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT APPEALS -- WHAT IF I LOSE MY NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT TRIAL OR THE NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT REFUSES TO VACATE A NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT DEFAULT JUDGMENT?
If you are a New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff and you lose a New Jersey Small Claims Court case, it could mean the dismissal of your New Jersey Small Claims lawsuit forever and it could prevent you from ever recovering New Jersey Small Claims money damages against a New Jersey Small Claims Court defendant who you believe owes you money. If you are a New Jersey Small Claims Court defendant and you lose a New Jersey Small Claims Court case, it could mean the entry of a New Jersey Small Claims money judgment against you and the beginning of the New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff’s efforts to collect the New Jersey Small Claims judgment from you by freezing your bank accounts, attaching your wages, putting a lien on your home and forcing you to answer detailed questions about your finances. If you disagree with the New Jersey Small Claims Court’s decision about a summary judgment motion, you may file papers for the New Jersey Small Claims Court to reconsider its decision – called a motion for reconsideration. In some New Jersey Small Claims cases, the motion for reconsideration must be made in 20 days from the date of the New Jersey Small Claims Court’s order deciding the summary judgment motion. If the New Jersey Small Claims Court’s decision in your New Jersey Small Claims case is final, you may also appeal the New Jersey Small Claims case to a higher court -- the Appellate Division of the Superior Court. There are very strict deadlines for filing New Jersey Small Claims Court appeals. To appeal a New Jersey Small Claims Court final judgment that resolves all issues in the New Jersey Small Claims case, you may file a notice of appeal and other required New Jersey Small Claims documents with the Appellate Division within 45 days from the date of judgment and pay a fee to the Appellate Division – Small Claims Court New Jersey Small Claims Court appeals are not heard by the New Jersey Small Claims Court and you should not try to file appellate papers with the New Jersey Small Claims Court! As part of your appeal, you usually must also prepare a written court transcript request and order a court transcript from the appropriate court that decided the matter against you and pay a fee for it. New Jersey appeals are some of the most complex proceedings in the New Jersey court system. The New Jersey Small Claims Court normally has forms available on the worldwide web. However, neither New Jersey Small Claims forms, websites nor advice from New Jersey Small Claims Court personnel are good substitutes for a New Jersey Small Claims lawyer’s legal services. Each New Jersey Small Claims Court case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a New Jersey Small Claims attorney, it is best to have the attorney perform the steps necessary to take an appeal. New Jersey Small Claims Court appeals from orders or judgments that are not final are called “interlocutory New Jersey Small Claims Court appeals” and the procedure for such New Jersey Small Claims Court appeals is somewhat different than those for New Jersey Small Claims Court appeals from final judgments or a New Jersey Small Claims orders.

WHY SHOULD SPECIAL CIVIL PRO SE PARTIES SEEK HELP FROM A SPECIAL CIVIL LAWYER?
Handling your Special Civil case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a competent Special Civil lawyer!
Many Special Civil pro se parties make the mistake of not consulting a Special Civil lawyer before filing Special Civil papers only to later learn that the Special Civil pro se parties made serious mistakes that could cause them to lose their Special Civil case. New Jersey Special Civil employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a Special Civil judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees. Most New Jersey Special Civil employees are not trained New Jersey Small Claims lawyers and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the Special Civil Court as a non-judge is not the same as practicing law. Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your Special Civil Case. Not all Special Civil New Jersey Small Claims cases require you to pay expensive legal fees to get legal help. To receive a no cost phone consultation about what the Law Office of Paul DePetris might be able to do for you, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris at paul@newjerseylemon.com.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS COURT PERSONNEL OR NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL COURT PERSONNEL FOR LEGAL ADVICE?
New Jersey Special Civil employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a Special Civil judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees. Most New Jersey Special Civil employees are not trained New Jersey Small Claims lawyers and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the Special Civil Court as a non-judge is not the same as practicing law.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART FORMS PROVIDED BY THE NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL PART COURT?
The New Jersey Special Civil Part usually provides certain types of Special Civil legal forms to the public and those forms are often very helpful. However, beware relying on New Jersey Special Civil Part forms provided by the New Jersey Special Civil Part court – the Special Civil forms are often deceptively simple, while Special Civil Part New Jersey Small Claims cases often are much more complex than they first appear to be. There is simply no substitute for a competent Special Civil attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey who has experience handling New Jersey Special Civil Part New Jersey Small Claims cases. Special Civil forms don’t talk and Special Civil forms and their directions rarely, if ever, cover every possible situation, set of facts or legal issue that may arise in a New Jersey Special Civil Part case. Each New Jersey Special Civil Part case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a competent New Jersey Special Civil trial attorney, it is best to have the Special Civil attorney prepare your New Jersey Special Civil Part paperwork for you.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR SPECIAL CIVIL CASE?
Handling your Special Civil case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a competent Special Civil lawyer!
Let the Law Office of Paul DePetris help you with your Special Civil Case. Not all Special Civil New Jersey Small Claims cases require you to pay expensive legal fees to get legal help. To receive a no cost phone consultation about what the Law Office of Paul DePetris might be able to do for you, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris at paul@newjerseylemon.com.

CAN I HANDLE A NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL CASE MYSELF?
Many people can and do successfully handle New Jersey Special Civil New Jersey Small Claims cases, from filing the first paperwork to the collection of a New Jersey Special Civil judgment. However, many other people also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their New Jersey Special Civil New Jersey Small Claims cases or that result in the entry of a New Jersey Special Civil money judgment against them. The greater the money at stake, the greater the reason to consider using the services of a competent attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey to handle part or all of the New Jersey Special Civil case. The following are reasons to use a New Jersey Small Claims attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey Special Civil case:
• New Jersey Special Civil fees often change
• New Jersey Special Civil rules often change
• New Jersey Special Civil employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a Special Civil judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees
• New Jersey Special Civil court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in New Jersey Small Claims court
• each New Jersey Special Civil case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
• it is very common New Jersey Small Claims plaintiffs or New Jersey Small Claims defendants to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Special Civil complaints that result in the New Jersey Special Civil complaints or answers to New Jersey Special Civil complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Special Civil or being dismissed by the New Jersey Special Civil after filing and before or after a New Jersey Small Claims trial because of procedural deficiencies.
• it is not uncommon for judges to get very frustrated by an unrepresented party’s lack of preparation or ignorance of the facts or law of the New Jersey Special Civil case.
• a court has the power to punish unprepared parties, such as by throwing their New Jersey Special Civil case out of court or limiting what they can present at the New Jersey Special Civil trial.
• New Jersey has many published New Jersey Small Claims cases, laws, regulations, court rules and rules of evidence that can be very tricky to understand and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do at the New Jersey Special Civil trial.
• it is very common for courts to refuse to allow a New Jersey Small Claims plaintiff or New Jersey Small Claims defendant to use or refer to New Jersey Small Claims documents or items at the New Jersey Special Civil trial that the person themselves never prepared. Often parties stumble into New Jersey Special Civil with a video, photograph, bill or affidavit or other form of written statement, thinking they are going to use it as proof that they lost money or that they are not responsible for someone else’s damages, only to have a Special Civil judge tell the parties that it is not going to even consider such items or New Jersey Small Claims documents.
• without the proper preparation, items and New Jersey Small Claims documents may never be considered by the New Jersey Special Civil. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Special Civil trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published New Jersey Small Claims cases.
• you cannot show up at the New Jersey Special Civil expecting the New Jersey Small Claims judge hearing your New Jersey Special Civil case to explain New Jersey Small Claims court rules, evidence rules, court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your New Jersey Special Civil case. The New Jersey Small Claims judge hearing your New Jersey Special Civil case is not permitted to give you legal advice.

It is important to remember that even if you have a New Jersey Small Claims attorney, you could lose your New Jersey Special Civil case. Hiring a New Jersey Small Claims attorney to handle part or all of your New Jersey Special Civil case does not guarantee your success. However, it may provide what is needed to win your New Jersey Special Civil case or to avoid certain mistakes.

DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY SPECIAL CIVIL NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS CASES?
Yes. Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
• handled Special Civil New Jersey Small Claims cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey, from Bergen County to Cumberland County, including representations of individuals, small businesses and large corporations.
• settled Special Civil New Jersey Small Claims cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey.
• reviewed many New Jersey Special Civil settlement agreements.
• enforced many New Jersey Special Civil settlement agreements.
• provided New Jersey Special Civil pro se parties with New Jersey Special Civil legal advice and prepared New Jersey Special Civil legal forms
• prepared and filed many New Jersey Special Civil complaints
• tried New Jersey Special Civil jury trials
• mediated many Special Civil New Jersey Small Claims cases
• argued New Jersey Special Civil motions
• handled New Jersey Special Civil proof hearings
• handled New Jersey Special Civil post judgment collection proceedings
Mr. DePetris has appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey in the following counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

IN WHAT NEW JERSEY COUNTIES WILL THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HANDLE NEW JERSEY CASES?
The Law Office of Paul DePetris offers to handle and help individuals and businesses with New Jersey Court Claims cases in North, Central and Southern New Jersey, including cases in the following New Jersey counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO HANDLE MY NEW JERSEY CASE FROM BEGINNING TO END?
In many situations, the Law Office of Paul DePetris offers alternatives to handling New Jersey cases for an hourly fee, such as by offering to handle your New Jersey case up to trial for a fixed fee or to help you handle your New Jersey case by yourself. Such flexible methods may allow you to keep the amount legal fees you spend on your New Jersey case to a fixed sum, while providing you the help you need to handle your New Jersey case. For a no obligation phone consultation about what the Firm might be able to do for you, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris.

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