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Small Claims Court — The ISBA Offers Some Pointers

Question: If I use small claims court to settle my case, can I bring along an attorney?

Answer: While a lawyer in small claims court isn’t required, your chances of winning a case may improve if you hire an attorney. Be aware that small claims court may be used only for certain types of cases, such as breach of contract, property damage, a personal injury, evictions or repossession of property. 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