Inside small claims court
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When freelancers deal with a client who won't pay, often the only recourse is small claims court. (This is something we think should change, but that's a story for another day.) In a new article, Money magazine goes inside small claims court, where cases last just a few hours and judgments don't exceed $5,000 (the limit varies by state). It's a fascinating look at small claims proceedings and at what kinds of cases people bring, such as a complaint from a freelance accountant whose client didn't pay her. Scroll to the bottom of the article for helpful information about whether you should go to small claims court, including links to a state-by-state guide.