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Legal Process Service (LPS) has been providing townships in Southern Nevada and Northern Nevada with professional and quality service of process and assistance with Small Claims filings since 1982. Small Claims is a simple and effective collection tool when suing for amounts up to $10,000.00. LPS trained staff is able to guide you step-by-step through the Small Claims process.
The Small Claims courts are a division of the justice court system. In most Small Claims proceedings, applicable parties (the person bringing the suit, the Plaintiff, and the party being sued, the Defendant) will represent themselves, “pro se” or “in proper person”. Attorneys can represent either party in a small claims case; however, attorney fees are not recoverable from the losing party. So if you hire an attorney to represent you in Small Claims court, you are personally responsible for attorney fees.
Small Claims is a quick and effective way to deal with cases involving money judgments up to $10,000.00. Important: Judges in Small Claims court can only order the other side to pay money.
Is it worth my time and money? – Although Small Claims is a quick and inexpensive process, there is still time and money involved. If the court sets a hearing date you, or someone who represents you, will need to appear at that hearing. There are costs involved with preparing, filing and serving your Small Claims documents that also need to be taken in to consideration.
LPS Staff can take your Small Claims case from beginning to end, thus making the process as simple as possible for you. LPS will prepare the necessary case documents, file with the court of jurisdiction, and then serve the small claims document. All that is left is for you, the client, to show up at the hearing to present your case. Once a judgment has been rendered and upon client request, LPS can proceed with execution of the judgment. A Writ can be prepared and filed to record and/or satisfy a judgment by executing upon a judgment debtor’s wages, real property, bank account or cash box. Contact you LPS Small Claims specialist for assistance with execution of a judgment.
Upon completion of the Small Claims documents, filing fees must be tendered to the Justice Court of jurisdiction. Jurisdiction is determined by where the proposed Defendant lives, works or does business. In order to get your case heard in Small Claims court, a fee must be paid to the court to open your case. Filing fees are determined by amount of the claim/or lawsuit and are listed below:
Once the case has been filed, the case will be assigned a tentative hearing date. The Defendant must be served with a copy of the Small Claims Complaint within ten (10) calendar days of the hearing date. Service may be effected at either residence or place of employment/business. If the Defendant is served at place of employment/business, personal service is required. Once the Defendant has been served, the Affidavit of Service along with a Memorandum of Costs and Disbursements must be filed with the court in a timely manner so as to confirm your case on calendar and to notify the court of the costs incurred processing your Small Claims Complaint. A decision will be rendered by the court at the hearing.
Once judgment is received you can proceed with collecting your judgment by filing a Writ. A judgment is valid for six years and can be renewed for another six years as many times as necessary until the judgment is paid. There are various types of Writs; however, only one Writ per judgment is allowed at a time. Please review the various Writs below and click here to submit your request for a Writ of Execution.
Can I file in the court that is closest to me? – The court rules dictate that your complaint should be filed in the Justice Court of the township where the Defendant(s) currently reside, does business or is employed. If you file in the wrong court you risk the chance that the Judge may dismiss your case. Similarly, the Defendant can petition the court to dismiss based on the wrong court of jurisdiction.
LPS Small Claims Specialists are trained and ready to assist you with the Small Claims process. Upon your instruction, LPS staff will complete all documentation, oversee the filing of the Small Claims Complaint, service of process, filing of the Affidavit of Service and LPS Staff can assist you with processing your Writ to collect on your judgment.