The author of the legislation which recently increased the limit of small claims jurisdiction to $10,000.00 wrote that “It is difficult to find an attorney to represent you in a case where the amount in dispute is less than $7,500. Attorney’s fees are too high to justify the expense, thus denying justice to many parties.” Senate Floor Analysis SB 221, May 19, 2011
The bill’s sponsor also quoted California’s Judicial Council which noted its support for the increased small claims limit by pointing out that the bill “takes into account the increasing difficulty of litigants to find attorneys willing to take cases valued at $10,000, or even higher, given the rising costs of litigation.”
We want to take the difficulty out of the small claims case, increase your comfort level, provide a great service and raise the quality of the information presented to the judge and thereby improve the quality of the decision ultimately made.
“According to the United States inflation calculator, what cost $7,500 in 2005 would cost close to $8,500 in 2011. While it is difficult to quantify the cost of attorney representation, it can be presumed that attorneys are increasingly less likely to take cases with smaller claims on a contingency basis or to charge such a minimal fee that a small claims litigant could afford.
This is especially true in light of the difficult economic situation in which many Californians find themselves. . . The Judicial Council writes ‘according to small claims advisors, self-help advocates and others familiar with these matters, the inability of litigants with claims valued at $10,000 to find lawyers who are willing to take their cases has significantly worsened over the years with the burgeoning costs of litigation.’” Senate Judiciary Committee Analysis, May 10, 2011
“Studies show, and the Judicial Council confirm that it is nearly impossible to find representation for cases involving less than $25,000 in damages. For individuals with damages between $7,500 and $25,000 justice is difficult to come by. . .” Assembly Committee on Judiciary, June 21, 2011.
By offering you professional legal advice and assistance for a minimal fee, we hope to make justice a little less difficult, and a whole lot less expensive to come by. . .