Small Claims Advice

Small claims is the part of our legal system that allows you to take action against a person or business to collect a relatively small amount of money that you believe is owed to you. If you find yourself in this situation, a group legal plan attorney can advise you on whether small claims action is an option and how to proceed if your plan covers small claims assistance. Our group benefits services includes small claims advice for some of the most common needs, including, but not limited to:

  • Return of security deposit from a landlord
  • Faulty minor repair work of a car, home or lawn
  • Dispute over a mail order purchase
  • Damage from a neighbor’s pet

You may have success by taking these steps prior to enlisting group benefits services:

  1. Contact the person or store from which you purchased the faulty item to see if you can obtain financial reimbursement or a replacement product.
  2. Examine the warranty details to see if the product is still under warranty.
  3. Have a conversation with the person or business you believe owes you money. Try to come to an agreement and develop a payment schedule.

Group Legal Benefits can help
If none of these steps results in the outcome you desire, your next option may be to file a case in small claims court. Your group legal plan may provide access to a large, national network of highly qualified attorneys who can provide small claims advice to help you prepare your claim, file your lawsuit and get ready to appear before a judge.

  • If your employer offers our group legal plan as part of their group benefits services, you can visit our legal plan resource center to learn more about coverage available when you enroll. (Your employer can provide the password needed to access this site.) If you are unsure whether your employer offers our legal plan, please contact your employee benefits or HR department to find out.
  • If you are a legal plan member, access your plan to review coverage.
  • You may also call the Client Service Center at 800-821-6400 for more information on covered services.

Please note: Some matters, including employment-related matters, are excluded. View our FAQs.

This article is intended to provide you with general information regarding small claims advice. This article is not intended to provide, and should not be relied upon for, legal advice. If you require legal advice, please consult with your own attorney.

Request a Proposal

Are you a member?

If you're a legal plan member and have a question, please fill out our contact us form.

Contact Us