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1. PLAINTIFF: The person filing the claim is known as the "plaintiff'. As the plaintiff, you may claim money that is due to you only. You may not file a claim for someone else's money. Enter your legal name and your full address including zip code in the upper left hand comer on the lines designated.
2. DEFENDANT: The party you seek money from is known as the "defendant". In the upper right hand corner of the form on the lines designated, enter the name, address, and phone number (if known) of the defendant. If there are more than one defendant, enter the names, addresses, and phone numbers of each of the defendants.
If you are filing against a corporation, enter the name of the corporation and the address of its usual place of business. All cases must be properly venued; that is, properly within the court's geographic jurisdiction. Generally, venue is proper in the cities of Perrysburg, Rossford, and Northwood; the townships of Perrysburg, Lake, and Troy; and the villages of Luckey, Millbury, and Walbridge if either the incident or transaction giving rise to the claim occurred in the locations mentioned, or if the defendant resides or conducts business in the locations mentioned.
3. THE AMOUNT OF YOUR CLAIM: You may ask for money only. No other recovery is permitted in the Small Claims Division. You may not recover "punitive damages", nor lost wages, traveling expenses, costs of obtaining evidence, baby-sitting and the like, incidental to your filing, preparing, or trial appearance. You may recover court fees and interest from the defendant if you win your case.
4. THE NATURE OF YOUR CLAIM: In a brief statement, explain why the defendant is indebted to you. include in your explanation where, when, and how the debt arose. It is not necessary to explain your past efforts to collect this money.
In your statement, always refer to yourself as "plaintiff' and the opposing party as "defendant". Here are examples of complaints which are commonly filed in the Small Claims Division:
a) Complaint for Motor Vehicle Property Damage:
b) Complaint for Money Lent:
c) Complaint for Wages:
d) Complaint for Rental Security Deposit Refund:
e) Complaint by Business for Money Due:
The examples above demonstrate a concise, non-technical way of stating the facts so anyone reading your complaint may understand the nature of your claim. If the examples do not apply to your case, simply state the facts in your own words.
5. SIGNING THE FORM: You must sign the form in the presence of the Deputy Clerk of the Court or a Notary Public. Below your signature, please provide a phone number where you may be reached during the day.
6. FILING PROCEDURE: Return the form to the Civil Division office. The clerk will schedule your case for trial. You must pay a $45.00 filing fee with the Clerk at this time.
7. LEGAL ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE: Representation by an attorney at law is permitted, but it is not required. If you need legal advice, you should contact your attorney.
8. CORPORATIONS AND LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES: Corporations and limited liability companies may only file a complaint in small claims or appear in court to defend a small claims complaint through an attorney at law, a bona fide officer, or a salaried employee. Without an attorney, a corporation or a limited liability company may only present their own testimony and they may not engage in any acts of advocacy, including argument and cross-examination.
A judgment gives you a legal right to collect the amount awarded by the court. The best and simplest way to collect your judgment is to contact the other party and arrange a voluntary payment, either in a lump sum or in installments.
If the other party refuses to pay the judgment amount voluntarily, you may use the available legal collection methods. However, you must provide the court with the information listed with each collection method. Be sure to have your case number.
Wage garnishment: Exact name and address of the other party's employer.
Bank garnishment: Exact name and address of the other party's bank.
Attaching money in cash register: Exact name and address of the other party's business and location of cash register at the business.
Attaching personal property: Exact location and description of property (serial number, make and model, etc.). Be advised that this method involves the following costs: three appraisals, the costs related to the actual sale of the property, and a bond in an amount determined by the court.
Liens: Exact location of real estate. Record certificate of judgment at the County Recorder's office, County Courthouse.
License Revocation: Name and address of defendant, birth date, social security number, date of accident, operator's license number, and small claims case number.
ALL INQUIRIES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED WITH YOUR CIVIL SMALL CLAIMS CASE NUMBER.
1. Find out where the debtor has bank accounts.
2. Bring the filing fee to the Small Claims Division. Have your case number handy. Fill out the necessary forms with the Small Claims Clerk.
3. The bank has up to two weeks to respond, after which time, you can check on the bank's response by calling the Small Claims Division and giving your case number to the Small Claims Clerk.
1. Pick up a 15 day notice form from the Small Claims Division and mail this form certified mail to the debtor. Save your certified mail receipt and an extra copy of 15 day notice.
2. After 15 days have passed, bring to the Small Claims Division the green certified mail card that is returned to you (signed or unsigned), receipt to show proof of mailing, and copy of the 15 day notice you sent. Have your case number handy.
3. The 15 day notice is valid for 45 days from the date of mailing. However, you cannot begin garnishment proceedings until the first 15 days have passed. This means that the 15 day notice is good for proof of mailing purposes for a period of 30 days.
4. Once you have filled out the wage garnishment forms completely with the name and address of the debtor's employer and after paying the filing fee, the garnishment forms will be served on the debtor's employer. The employer has up two weeks to respond, after which time you may check on the employer's response by calling the Small Claims Division. Have your case number handy.