Dealing with small claims in Ontario can be difficult because you could face many different situations. Seeking advice from a reputable paralegal is an ideal way to ensure that you go through a small claims dispute smoothly.
Here, we first define small claims disputes and the ideal way to resolve common small claims disputes:
In Ontario, a small claims dispute is a civil dispute dealing with monetary compensation up to $25,000.00. Small Claims courts provide simplified procedures to make it easier for the parties.
The small claims process is designed to reach resolution faster at less expense. It is ideal to seek legal advice from a licensed paralegal who can help ensure that you maximise your chances of success.
The small claims limit does not change regardless of the number of plaintiffs or defendants, which means that the awarded sum will not exceed $25,000.00 no matter how many defendants are named.
Small claims courts can hear any case seeking monetary awards, but the court will only award you the maximum amount of $25,000.00. This means you will lose any additional amounts in excess of $25,000.00. Typical cases in small claims court include unpaid fees for services, cheques, unpaid rent, and loans. Property damage claims under $25,000.00 also fall in small claims court.
Property damage, breaches of contract and personal injuries can also be taken to small claims court with the help of a licensed paralegal.
Always remember the small claims court is bound by its monetary limit to never award you beyond $25,000.00. It is also not possible to divide your case, in order to take the advantage of the faster legal process in the Small Claims Court in Ontario.
A small claims paralegal can guide you in detail about the monetary commitments that fall on you as the plaintiff. You will be liable to pay legal fees and disbursements. Sometimes, you may need an interpreter and you may have to bear the expense. However, if you are successful in your case, you can ask the other party to pay for all reasonable disbursements.
Contact Carr Law to speak to a paralegal specializing in small claims litigation. We take on all kinds of small claims cases in Ontario, and help you secure the financial benefit that you deserve!