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Small Claims Court Limits

Determining the maximum allowed claim is an easy task. You should call your local county courthouse to inquire about your local limits. Local government websites will often state small claims court limits and are a great resource to file and print filing forms.

If you’re going to consult with or ask a lawyer, they will be able to explain the local laws pertaining to the maximum monetary value that a claim may be.

Small claims court costs may also be added into the overall settlement even if the costs exceed the limit. Costs incurred to prove a case will often be tacked onto the settlement amount.

Small claims court limits are as little as $2,500, as seen in Kentucky, or as high as $25,000, as seen in Tennessee.

Filing should be done at a local county courthouse where the clerk will be able to answer any of your questions. Clerks will also advise you if your case would have any exceptions that would allow the limit to be removed, allowing for a higher monetary value. A clerk will also be able to answer any questions you may have pertaining to statute of limitations and serving court documents to the defendant.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.


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