Civil Litigations is a Toronto small claims paralegal firm that would like to share some insights with you regarding Toronto small claims court. If you have a small claims case right now, or you are thinking about taking someone to small claims to get what they owe you, you might want to pay attention. Knowing what to do, when to do it, and what not to do can be the difference between a favorable and an unfavorable result in court.
Should You Represent Yourself in Toronto Small Claims Court?
Since we are paralegals, you might automatically assume that our answer to this question is 'no.' While in most instances, we do not advise that citizens represent themselves in court, the answer to this question is 'it depends.'
It depends on your finances, the complexity of the case, the nature of the evidence, your knowledge of the law, how much money is in the balance, your understanding of paperwork and deadlines, as well as other factors, that determine whether or not a person should represent themselves in Toronto small claims court.
A Person Should Seek Legal Representation More Times than Not
Whether you are suing someone else or being sued yourself, it's always wise to have legal representation. Much the same as you would seek professional mechanical assistance if your vehicle broke down; how much more should you seek professional legal assistance if you have a case in court!?
Fortunately, Ontario offers the option of choosing a paralegal rather than a lawyer for legal representation. While a paralegal can't do everything that an attorney can do, we can do most of the same things and at a much lower cost to the client. Certainly, you have the option to retain a paralegal for small claims in Toronto.
What are the Tangible Benefits of Hiring a Paralegal?
First, as mentioned, having a paralegal in your corner is like having an attorney, but paralegals only cost a fraction of what attorneys cost, so you will save lots of money with a paralegal. Second, a paralegal can serve as a research partner. Having a seasoned legal professional to research case law, find precedent, and make sure you put the best possible case together can prove invaluable in and of itself.
A paralegal will make sure all of your paperwork is filed correctly, completely, and on time. To not do so can either result in your case being dragged out for an extended period or even the loss of your case.
At your small claims hearing, a paralegal knows what to say, how to say it, and when to say it. They can present evidence, ask the right questions, and cover up any potential blemishes in your case nicely. Plus, if the other party is blatantly or grossly negligible in the matter at hand, a paralegal can usually get a judge to give an additional award to cover the costs of their client's legal representation.
Contact Civil Litigations
To talk with a Toronto small claims paralegal who can help you, contact Civil Litigations today. We've got the experience and the expertise you need to win your case, and we'll put it to work on your behalf.Toronto Small Claims Paralegal