According to local rules, attorneys are not allowed to participate in any small claims court proceedings. Though the attorney cannot be next to the individual in court, he or she can still be a retained advocate to the defendant. Attorney Holden Green of the HWG Law Group can help prepare the defendant for the day in court. Although Attorney Green will offer advice and give insight into the small claims case, the argument ultimately rests with the litigants and their witnesses. After the case, a decision is made within a day or two by mail and the defendant has 30 days from the date on the letter to appeal the decision.
There is a required filing fee of about $90, which is paid at the clerk’s office. Payment is made at the clerk’s window for small claims. Afterwards, the clerk’s office will mail both parties the new court date. Later, both parties will reappear in court and all evidence will be exhibited by a judge. The judge will proceed with his ruling.
Defendants of a small claims case can find the appeal process nerve-racking. Judges can become intolerant, but Attorney Green of the HWG Law Group can help calm the defendant by making the claims case a smooth process. He will prep the parties by controlling the arguments, and lead a question and answer period for both sides.