SMALL CLAIMS COURT
Many legal disputes involve relatively low dollar amounts. Wisconsin law provides special procedures for persons who wish to make legal claims for $10,000 and under, in Small Claims Court. Under this procedure, you may make most of the same types of claims that you would otherwise make in Large Claims Court however, there is a $10,000.00 limit to the damages that could be awarded. In some cases, it might be advantageous to bring a matter in Small Claims Court even if the total amount at stake exceeds $10,000.00. This is because Small Claims Court may offer an expeditious way to resolve the matter if the amount above $10,000.00 is small. For instance, it may be prudent to file a claim that may have a value of $12,000.00 in Small Claims Court because the matter can be resolved so much more expeditiously and promptly than it would be if it were in Large Claims Circuit Court. Normal rules of evidence and procedures do not apply for Small Claims Court and these matters tend to move through the Court docket at a much more rapid pace than Large Claims Circuit Court cases. For instance, on average a Small Claims case filed in Brown County, Wisconsin can anticipate resolution within 90 days within the initial filing — sometimes quicker. Persons are empowered to represent themselves in Small Claims but are often at a disadvantage if the opposing party is represented by an attorney. Conversely, a party that chooses to bring a Small Claims action represented by an attorney sometimes may have an advantage.
Our Green Bay, Wisconsin law firm routinely handles Small Claims for our clients and new or prospective clients. If you have a claim which may be a good match for Small Claims, please contact Attorney David Daul to discuss your case in greater detail. The attorneys at the Wanezek & Jaekels, S.C. law firm can help you in assessing the matter.