Small Claims (Civil Litigation)
Phoenix Paralegal Small Claims Services
“Small Claims” legal actions in Ontario are intended to resolve lawsuits with a value up to $25,000, involving money, the return of property or some other issue that requires adjudication by a court of law. Phoenix Paralegal Services P.C. is here to resolve your Small Claims legal challenge.
….. tell us about your Small Claims problem. Or phone or send us an email. We will respond within 24 hours, to advise you of your rights and the steps you should follow.
Phoenix Paralegal Services P.C. can provide you with full service legal advice and direction. Or, as a cost control measure, you can pursue your Small Claims case in a more “Self Help” mode, with our help and guidance along the way.
During a 30 minute free consultation, Phoenix Paralegal Services P.C. will review your needs with you and we will jointly determine the most effective approach to your case.
Our services cover the whole range of Small Claims actions: Breach of Contract, Personal Injury, Property Damage, Wrongful Dismissal, Negligent Performance, Theft, Fraud, Misrepresentation, etc.
Whether a Plaintiff (Claimant) or Defendant, please provide us with the details of your situation. Tell us what you can but, if you cannot answer all of these questions immediately, don’t be concerned. We will use our extensive experience, legal knowledge and litigation skills to acquire all of the information needed to determine the best solution to your circumstances:
WHOis your dispute with (individual, incorporated company, private business, government, property owner, landlord/tenant, etc.)?
WHYare you in dispute (contract violation, injury, non-performance, wages, damages, etc.)?
WHATis the issue that you are trying to resolve and what is the result you expect (monetary award, return of property, repair/replacement, contract cancellation without penalty, etc.)?
WHEREdid the issue, dispute or problem arise?
WHENdid the issue, dispute or problem arise, when did you become aware aware of it and has an offer to settle been made, by you or the other party?
Initiating a Small Claims Action
You may sue another person, group, organization or company:
Defending a Small Claims Action
If threatened with a demand, we can research the issue and provide advice and direction regarding your Small Claim defense.
We will prepare a response in anticipation or in reaction to a formal Letter of Demand and, working with you, jointly make plans to protect your personal interests and those of your business, family and other potentially impacted parties.
If served with a Small Claim lawsuit, you have 20 days to file a response in defence of any claims made against you.
If you do not file a defence and are not prepared to present your case, actual court action may proceed anyway. In your absence, a default judgment may be rendered. The court may order you to pay money, deliver goods or perform other actions against your best interests.
After your initial response, on-going procedures may require the collection of evidence and other relevant data, the identification of and interviews with other interested and/or knowledgeable parties and witnesses, discoveries, case conferences, etc. These activities often require a significant level of experience and expertise.
To get money you are owed under an agreement with them.
If you were harmed, financially or otherwise, by something done by the other party, something they failed to do when they should have or, in performing some action or service, did not deliver the results agreed or that you expected.
To have goods or property returned to you that you believe belongs to you.
Before launching an action, we first need to determine:
Will it be worthwhile? Though you may feel you have been wronged and deserve redress, there are costs involved in pursuing any legal action (e.g. court fees, documentation, possible witness and expert costs, legal fees, etc.). We will help you consider the options and determine your best course of action.
Is there sufficient proof of wrongdoing, including documentary evidence and witness support, to enable an objective determination in your favour? Court decisions are evidence-based; Plaintiffs are expected to prove their case.