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HOW TO FILE A LAWSUIT WITHOUT AND ATTORNEY

Drafting the Complaint

You start a lawsuit by filing a complaint. In some circumstances, you file a petition or a motion.

The court has several complaint forms that you may use in drafting your complaint. The forms are available online and at the Pro Se Intake Unit. You may also write your own complaint without using a court form. 

All complaints must be in English on 8-1/2” x 11” paper and include:

  1. a caption with the court’s name,
  2. the title “COMPLAINT” next to the caption,
  3. a statement of jurisdiction,
  4. claims in numbered paragraphs, each limited as far as practicable to a single set of facts,
  5. the relief sought,
  6. the words “JURY TRIAL DEMANDED” if you want the case decided by a jury at trial,
  7. your signature, address, e-mail address, and telephone number.

HOW TO FILE A SMALL CLAIMS LAWSUIT IN NEW JERSEY

Small Claims Court

Small claims are lawsuits for $3,000 or less. Renters can file for a return of a security deposit of $5,000 or less in small claims court.

Examples of small claims:

  • A person or company failed to comply with a written or oral contract.
  • Your car was damaged in an accident.
  • You paid money as a down payment and want it returned .
  • Your property was damaged or lost.
  • You bought a product that doesn’t work.
  • Work you paid for was faulty or not completed.
  • You want to be paid for work you did.
  • Someone wrote you a bad check.
  • You gave a landlord a security deposit that was not returned. NOTE: The limit for security deposit returns is $5,000 in small claims court.

5 Things to Do Before Filing for Bankruptcy

By: Mitchell Allen

Takeaway: When bankruptcy’s looming, sometimes the best thing you can do is buy yourself some time.

This article is an excerpt to “A Survival Guide to Debt” by Mitchell Allen.

When you’re sick and you go to the doctor’s office, the first thing he or she asks (when the doctor finally gets to you) is usually something like, “So, what seems to be the problem?” That’s when you get to describe your symptoms so that the doctor can start figuring out what medicines to prescribe and what other treatments to recommend.

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The Unscientific Science of Jury Selection

By: Jane C. HU

In 2012, Jodi Arias was tried for the 2008 murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, and her story was everywhere. The grisly details of Alexander’s murder, lurid details about their sex life, and the drama of their break-up were all revealed in the trial, live-streamed online. Lifetime even turned her case into a movie. Arias was convicted on first-degree murder, and, by the end of the year, a jury will determine whether she should be sentenced to execution. Continue reading