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If your dispute is for money-only, in other words, not for the return of specific property, reinstatement of a job, or some other non-monetary demand, and it is for an amount less than $7,500, representing yourself in Small Claims court may be your best option.

We're put together a quick reference for everyone wondering how to sue in Small Claims court, collecting the best of what we've seen on the web.

In general, filing a Small Claims case is low cost, low risk, and relatively speaking, fast. You will almost always be more informed that your opponent, especially if they are a large company, and in many cases your opponents will not even show up to court!

Read the step-by-step success stories below, and you may find that in your state, you can file your claim *online* and have a check in the mail in a matter of weeks.

Success Stories from Actual Small Claims Cases

Suing Google in Small Claims court, and winning

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aaron-greenspan/why-i-sued-google-and-won_b_172403.html

How this guy got $2500 for receiving a "junk fax" in California

http://www.junkfax.org/fax/action/CA_how_to_sue.html

Success stories detailing suits against "junk fax" operators across the US - a great template to follow for any type of Small Claims suits

http://www.junkfax.org/fax/action/how_to_sue.html

How to File a Small Claims Case

Official State-by-State Small Claims court information

http://law.freeadvice.com/resources/smallclaimscourts.htm

Small Claims FAQ and Step-by-Step How-To Guides

http://www.nolo.com/resource.cfm/catID/D80CF756-DBF6-432D-B625E7D1A29183D0/104/308/273/

Filing a Small Claims case in California or Arizona

http://www.junkfax.org/fax/action/how_to_sue_in_sm_claims_ct.htm

How to sue in Virginia for Small Claims

http://alexandriava.gov/consumers/info/default.aspx?id=2780

What is Small Claims court? Written by a legal Professor in Texas

http://www.peopleslawyer.net/smallclaims/

Is Mediation a better option?

http://www.nolo.com/resource.cfm/catID/B21C6122-6654-468C-83A6D0B4B74D37CD/104/308/239/