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When Do you Need Small Claims Court? The ISBA Offers Info

Question: When do people typically use small claims court to settle their legal disputes? Answer: An individual or corporation doing business in Illinois can sue or be sued in small claims court. Small claims court may be used for only certain types of cases, such as breach of contract, property damage, or personal injury; evictions, repossessions of property, and garnishment of wages to enforce court-ordered judgments. The maximum judgment allowed in small claims court is $10,000 plus costs. For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.comIf you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit