Small Claims Just Got a Little Bigger

Posted Jan 20, 2013

Are you or your business sitting on legal claims because the amount at issue does not justify the time and expense of litigation? If so, a recent change in the law provides incentive to take action.

Beginning August 1, 2012, the threshold for Conciliation Court (also known as “Small Claims Court”) in Minnesota increased from $7,500 to $10,000. This means individuals and entities can take advantage of the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the conciliation court process for legal claims involving amounts up to $10,000.

While parties in conciliation court are not required to be represented by attorneys, the use of an attorney can streamline the process and increase the likelihood of success. Messerli & Kramer’s litigators are experienced in conciliation court procedures and have consistently obtained maximum results for minimal costs on behalf of clients. As importantly, Messerli & Kramer’s litigators are prepared to assist clients in the critical last step of the process-collecting on judgments successfully obtained in conciliation court.

For example, our litigators recently assisted a client in turning approximately $150,000 of unpaid invoices into cash and a stream of payments by utilizing conciliation court and other collection strategies.

Instead of writing off small legal claims, let Messerli & Kramer’s litigation department assist you or your business in proactively utilizing the conciliation court process and the newly increased threshold. Contact one of our experienced litigators for more information.

This communication does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Please consult an attorney if you have questions.

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