Small Claims Lawyer Surrey BC

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We Handle Small Claims Cases

The purpose of small claims court is to provide individuals a "do-it-yourself" platform without the aid of a lawyer. 


However, most do not find it viable to hire a lawyer when legal assistance is needed because legal fees generally outweighs the value of the case itself.


We have solved that problem.

Our Solution

We have developed an a-la-carte small claims system designed to assist you when you need it.


Flexibility

Whether we handle only one stage of your case or the entire process, you control where you require legal assistance.

Fixed/Capped Fees

We only charge flat or capped rates. There are no surprise bills. You decide what you can afford.

Speed

Our litigation lawyer works together with you as quickly and efficiently as possible to avoid delays and prevent stress.

A-La-Carte Small Claims Toolkit

1. File a Claim or Reply

Filing a Notice of Claim/Filing a Reply and/or making a Counterclaim

1. Meet personally or by electronic means; review all docs and get full story from client; help draft pleadings/fill out necessary forms; advise on the next steps in the process and aid the client in filing the claim/reply and/or counterclaim.

2. 2-hour maximum

Rate: $500 + tax (Flat Fee)

2. Settlement Conference

1. prepare for and attend settlement conference with client (w/sufficient advance notice –usually at least 2 weeks before).

Rate: $1,000 + tax (Flat Fee)

3. Trial

1. prepare for and attend trial with client (w/sufficient advance notice – usually at least 1 month before); help client file any docs/comply with any disclosure orders made at settlement
conference.

Claims between >$5,000 to $10,000

Rate: $1,000 + tax

Claims between >$10,000 to $15,000

Rate: $1,500 + tax

Claims between >$15,000 to $20,000

Rate: $2,000 + tax

Claims between >$20,000 to $25,000

Rate: $2,500 + tax

Claims between >$25,000 to $30,000

Rate: $3,000 + tax

Claims between >$30,000 to $35,000

Rate: $3,500 + tax

4. Enforcing a Judgment (Collecting Debt)

(a) Meeting with client to discuss options for collecting money owed to them by virtue of a judgment.

(b) Filling out and Filing Summons to Payment Hearing or Summons to Default Hearing.

(c) Attending payment or default hearing with client.

Rate:


If (a) only, $250 + tax (1 hr max).

If (a) and (b), $500 + tax (2 hrs max).

If (a), (b), and (c), $1000 + tax.

Phase

Description

Rate

1. File a Claim or Reply

Filing a Notice of Claim/Filing a Reply and/or making a Counterclaim


1. Meet personally or by electronic means; review all docs and get full story from client; help draft pleadings/fill out necessary forms; advise on the next steps in the process and aid the client in filing the claim/reply and/or counterclaim.


2. 2-hour maximum

($500 + tax, flat fee)

2. Settlement Conference

1. prepare for and attend settlement conference with client (w/sufficient advance notice –usually at least 2 weeks before).

($1000 + tax, flat fee)

3. Trial

1. prepare for and attend trial with client (w/sufficient advance notice – usually at least 1 month before); help client file any docs/comply with any disclosure orders made at settlement
conference.

If the claim is 

between >$5,000 and $10,000, our fee is $1,000.00 + tax

between >$10,000 and $15,000, our fee is $1,500.00 + tax 

between >$15,000 and $20,000, our fee is $2,000.00 + tax

between >$20,000 and $25,000, our fee is $2,500.00 + tax

between >$25,000 and $30,000, our fee is $3,000.00 + tax

between >$30,000 and $35,000, our fee is $3,500.00 + tax

4. Enforcing a Judgment (Collecting Debt)

(a) Meeting with client to discuss options for collecting money owed to them by virtue of a judgment.


(b) Filling out and Filing Summons to Payment Hearing or Summons to Default Hearing.


(c) Attending payment or default hearing with client.

If (a) only, $250 + tax (1 hr max).


If (a) and (b), $500 + tax (2 hrs max).


If (a), (b), and (c), $1000 + tax.

**Important note** The above fees do not include disbursements (out-of-pocket fees)

FAQ

How do I sue someone?

In small claims court, you sue someone by drafting, filing, and serving a Notice of Claim (“NoC”). 

A NoC is relatively simple to fill out. When drafting a NoC, you are required to include your own information and that of the party you are suing, along with a brief description of what happened and what relief you are seeking from the court. 

Once you have filled out your NoC, you file it with the Small Claims Registry closest to where the individual you are suing lives or conducts business, or where the event that led to the claim happened. This can be done online, at the courthouse, or via mail. Note that you will also be required to pay a filing fee.

Once the NoC is filed, you must serve it. This can be done either personally or by registered mail.

What court fees will I need to pay?

Your fees will depend on the size of your claim and which step of the court process you are at. You can find a schedule of the various fees here.

I received a Notice of Claim – Now what do I do?

If you were in BC when you received the NoC, you have 14 days to reply. If you were outside of BC, you have 30 days to reply. Contact one of our lawyers for assistance with filing your reply.

 

Should I settle out of court?

Most cases settle before they go to trial, but it is important that you make this decision on your own, as parties will often require you to release them in satisfaction of all claims against them before they pay you any settlement money. It is good practice to consult a lawyer to assess the risk of going to trial versus settling.

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