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How People Clerk works

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File Lawsuit

We prepare and file your lawsuit with the court by mail or electronically. This depends on each court.

Serve Lawsuit

We notify the other party that they have been sued. Explore the serving options.

Get Ready for Your Hearing

You send us your evidence and we create a judge-friendly evidence packet for your hearing. 

Attorney Review (Optional)

An independent attorney will review your court documents & evidence.

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Serve Lawsuit

If you haven't serve the lawsuit,  we notify the other party that they have been sued. Explore the serving options.

Select Additional Services

Change your hearing date, change your address, and more.

Get Ready for Your Hearing

You send us your evidence and we create a judge-friendly evidence packet for your hearing. 

Attorney Review (Optional)

An independent attorney will review your court documents & evidence.

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Select Additional Services

Change your hearing date, change your address, and more.

Get Ready for Your Hearing

You send us your evidence and we create a judge-friendly evidence packet for your hearing. 

Countersue

If you decide to sue the person who sued you, we prepare and file your countersue with the court.

Attorney Review (Optional)

An independent attorney will review your court documents & evidence.

What our customers are saying

Best Investment Ever

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These folks really care and know their way around - totally on top of things. I have a PhD and still wouldn't have been able to navigate the system without this help.

- Katrina
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Unbelievably Great Experience

5 stars review

I can't recommend People Clerk enough. Camila & crew helped me file suit for a situation that had plagued me for over a year, one in which I felt very wronged and was sure a judge would agree. But there was no way I had the time to learn how to file in small claims court myself.

- Will
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People Clerk Really Helped Me Out

5 stars review

Let me tell you it was the best decision I made for the situation I was in. People clerk has a simple process from start to finish. Camilla is very friendly and she will communicate and stay in touch from start to finish. I’m very happy that I used people clerk.

- Mario
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Why People Clerk?

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We make it easy to navigate the bureaucratic court system

You answer simple questions online in 20 minutes or less. We deal with the mundane government forms. 

Print & Mailing

We take care of all the printing & mailing of your court documents when filing & serving. We can even print your evidence and mail it to you, the court, and the other party for you!

Hearing preparation & evidence packet

Increase your chances of winning by being prepared. We help you prepare for your hearing with an organized evidence packet. We can even print & mail your evidence!

Attorney Review​

Get suggestions for your evidence by having an attorney review your court documents and evidence before going to court.

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FAQs

Can I win my case?

Only the judge can decide this 👩‍⚖️

To have a better chance at winning, it is very important your evidence is organized and you are prepared to tell your side of the story to the judge. We help you prepare for the hearing by creating an organized evidence packet for you!

How does People Clerk work?

People Clerk is your small claims assistant. We have an simple 5-step process:

  1. You answer simple questions about your dispute.
  2. We prepare, review, and send your lawsuit documents to the court.
  3. We help you serve (notify) the other party that they have been sued. 
  4. We prepare and send you an evidence packet for the hearing.
  5. You will always have access to a human legal assistant.

Learn more here. 

Where can I read your customer reviews?

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Are small claims courts open during COVID-19?

Yes, small claims courts are open!

Some counties have virtual hearings and some have in person hearings.

Can People Clerk help me if I qualify for a fee waiver with the court?

Of course! We are a mission driven company with a goal of getting everyone their day in court. 


P.S. You don't have to pay court fees and serving with the sheriff is free if you qualify for a fee waiver! 

How much can I sue for?

An individual can sue for up to $10,000. 

A corporation or LLC can sue for up to $5,000.

How long do I have to sue someone (statute of limitations)?

Each lawsuit is different. Don't wait to file your lawsuit, most statute of limitations are for 2 years. Read more here.

Will my hearing be virtual?

Most California counties have the option for virtual hearings. Contact us to learn more!

Are you a lawyer or law firm?

We are not a lawyer or a law firm. We are an affordable way to resolve your small claims dispute and get justice.

Fun fact: Lawyers are not allowed to represent clients in California small claims court at the initial small claims hearing. If you need a lawyer, we can help connect you with one! 

What types of lawsuits can be filed in small claims?

So long as there isn't another court that is more specific to your lawsuit (for example, eviction court), then the lawsuit can be filed in small claims.

The most common types of small claims lawsuits in California are:

  • Security Deposit. ​Your landlord did not return your security deposit.
  • Rent. Your tenant or roommate didn't pay the rent.
  • Loan. You loaned someone money and they didn't pay you back.
  • Car Accident. Someone hit your car while driving and now you have to pay for the repair work.
  • Mechanic. ​You hired a mechanic to repair your car and they did a terrible job.
  • Contractors. You hired a contractor to perform work at your home and they did a terrible job.
  • Neighbor. Your neighbor damaged your property.
  • Contracts. You had a contract with someone and they broke the contract.
  • Damage to Property. Someone damaged your property (e.g. house, car, bicycle).
  • Goods. You bought an item and didn't receive it or you sold an item and didn't get paid for it.
  • Insurance Companies. Your insurance company didn't pay you for a claim they should have paid you for.
  • Services. You paid for a service and didn't receive it or you provided a service and didn't get paid.
  • Personal Injury. Someone caused you to get hurt.


What if I don't know the other person's address?

Without the correct address, we may not be able to serve the lawsuit later on. 


How to find the other person's address: 

  • Phone Number. Try a reverse phone number lookup. Type the phone number into a Google Search and see what you find. You can also check with "reverse phone number lookup" companies aswell.
  • General Google Search. You would be surprised by what you can find on Google. Try searching their email address, old address, or previous employer. You can also check to see what you find on Linkedin (the person can be served at work) or other social media.
  • Hire a skip tracer. You can also hire a 3rd party to search for where the other party may have moved to but this isn’t always successful. 

In which county will my lawsuit be filed?

Your lawsuit can always be filed in the county where the person you are suing lives or where the business is located.


Here are some other examples:

- Security deposit lawsuits can be filed in the county where the unit was rented.

- Car accident lawsuits can be filed in the county where the accident occured.

- Property damage lawsuits can be filed in the county where the damage occurred.


Will the other party bring a lawyer?

No, lawyers are not allowed at the initial small claims hearing.

Can you represent me at the hearing?

No, only you can represent yourself at the initial small claims hearing. 


There are a few exceptions for businesses (employees of the business can represent the business) and spouses.

How long does the small claims process take?

Most hearings are scheduled within 30-70 days. With COVID-19, they are taking a bit longer.

What is the small claims hearing like?

Most hearings are informal and last 15 minutes. Learn more here.

Can the other party sue me too?

Yes, these are called countersuits. Both lawsuits will be reviewed by the same judge on the same day.

Do you help me serve the person I sued?

Yes, we help you with 3 options:


(1) we hire a process server for you,

(2) we work with the sheriff (not available in all counties), 

(3) we work with one of your friends to serve the lawsuit. 


*Note, in some counties the court clerk can serve using certified mail but it is not recommended. Many counties have discontinued this service as it doesn't work 95% of the time.

How can I reach someone at People Clerk?

Need to reach us? Schedule a call with us here! You can also click our chat on the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Our chat is powered by humans!