Up next in How to Understand Legal Issues (19 videos)
Stay on the right side of the law, and learn how to navigate the legal system, with these videos.
You Will Need
- Court forms
- Information and evidence
- Preparation skills
- Knowledge of court etiquette
Fill out the proper form
Fill out the proper form. Forms vary from state by state, so inquire at your local court.
Wait on the defendant’s response
Wait on the defendant’s response. The defendant is the person you’re suing, and they may have up to 30 days to respond.
Anticipate a response
Anticipate a response. You, the plaintiff, may receive payment from the defendant and can fill out a dismissal form to end the proceedings – but if not, forge ahead.
Prepare your case
Prepare your case. Gather your information and evidence.
Practice what you'll say
Practice what you'll say. Clearly and concisely, state what the problem is and how much you are requesting, including any court costs.
Brush up on court etiquette
Brush up on court etiquette. Remember to address the judge as "your honor," dress appropriately, and stand when you present your case - and don't address the defendant directly.
Be confident. You can now present your case in the best way possible.
Be tenacious. If the defendant doesn’t pay within the allotted time period, you may need a lawyer’s assistance – the court will not actually collect any money owed you.