There are three options to pursue as a part of civil cases, based on how
much money is involved.
Small claims cases deal primarily with smaller disputes. In a small claims
matter, a party can sue for up to $10k (with some exceptions). Attorneys
are not allowed to represent individuals in the initial small claims court
proceedings, which allows for the situation to be handled in a less formal
fashion, and with no attorney fees to cover. The filing fees are usually
much less expensive, and you will likely get a trial date on a much quicker basis.
A second option is a limited civil case: these cases have a jurisdictional
limit of up to $25k. The third option, an unlimited civil case involves
disputes over $25k. Both limited civil and unlimited civil cases can become
complicated, and it is generally highly recommended that you have an attorney
represent you in such proceedings. It is, of course, possible to represent
yourself (in “pro per”), but given the serious nature of such
matters, and the fact that the law will hold you to the same standards
as attorneys, it is generally best to hire an attorney as opposed to trying
to bumble through an unfamiliar process.
Consequently, it’s best to have a civil attorney help you in these
situations. Our attorneys at the Werner Law Firm have handled many different
civil litigation cases in our time, including personal injury matters,
contractual disputes, issues of fraud, insurance policy disputes, and
elder abuse (to name a few). We have been named Best Civil Attorney by
The Signal Newspaper, and hold all of our attorneys to the highest standard
If you are looking for a Lancaster lawyer to help you in your case, or
one of our attorneys in any of our office locations, feel free to give
us a call. We offer a free telephonic consultation and can figure out
the best course of action for you to take.