Alberta Small Claims Court Services
Are you Being Sued?
Have you been served with a Small Claims Court Claim? You only have 20 calendar days to file a Defence. What you say in your defence will effect the outcome. We can make sure your Defence is worded appropriately in order to assist you in obtaining the most favourable results.
Do you want to Sue?
We can review your situation and help you determine the best course of action. In many cases we can work to try to resolve the matter prior to it going legal saving you time and money
As a Landlord, you have legal rights that protect you against disreputable tenants. If your tenant is behind in rent or has caused property damage we can assist you in small claims court to recover the money owed to you.
If your landlord has not returned your damage deposit we can represent you in small claims court and assist in getting it back.
Real Estate Dispute
Found your dream home? Or so you thought? Have you taken possession of your new property and found issues with the electrical, plumbing, mold, or some other issue? Have the appliances you purchased with the home been taken away? or changed out to a less desirable model? These are just a few examples of areas we can assist you in making the situation right.
Have you recently sold your home and are now being accused of hiding a probem with the home? We can help you defend the matter.
Have you sold you home and the deal didn’t close? Did you have to bridge your mortgage or suffer other unexpected expenses? We can help!
Small Claims Court is often used by buyers and sellers to resolve these types of disputes. Your real estate lawyer will not have the necessary experience to assist you in Small Claims Court.
We have assisted Financial Institutions, Finance Companies, and individuals in recovering unpaid receivables & loans for the past 20 years. Small Claims Court is your most effective and least expensive way of collecting your debts. We can assist you with all aspects of the Small Claims Court process, and assist you in determining if Small Claims Court is the best way to collect your money. There are many things to consider prior to starting that Small Claims Court claim.
Are you a homeowner left with a mess by your contractor? Are you a contractor who isn’t getting paid? We have extensive Small Claims Court experience assisting both homeowners and contractors in their disputes.
Did you have an agreement with a an individual or business and they have not fulfilled their obligations? Has the other party cancelled the agreement and it caused you unnecessary expense? We have extensive knowledge in Small Claims Court dealing with broken contracts.
Having trouble with your neighbour? Have they cut down a tree that was on your property? Have they built a fence that doesn’t comply with the city by-laws, are they simply causing a nuisance. Small Claims Court sees many of these types of disputes.
Is your car being held by your mechanic? Are you disputing the invoice? Do you have a client that won’t pay your storage bill or mechanics invoice? We can assist in resolving the repair or storage dispute through Small Claims Court under the Repairs and Storage Liens Act (RSLA). Proceeding under the RSLA can be complicated. The strict proceedings process can also be confusing and overwhelming. If not done properly you can lose the case, or prolong the matter. We have extensive experience using Small Claims Court to resolve RSLA matters.
We have 20 years of experience assisting insurers with their subrogated claims in Small Claims Court. Whether the Small Claims Court matter is related to uninsured motorists or property damage, we have the knowledge and experience to help.
Preparation and Commissioning of Affidavits
Affidavits in Small Claims Court can be difficult to prepare when you are unfamiliar with the legal process. Let us help you prepare your affidavit to support your Small Claims Court motion, request for judgment, or for simply replying to the opposing party.
If you have already prepared your affidavit for Small Claims Court and simply need it commissioned, we will be happy to do so for a small fee.
Mediation allows the parties an opportunity to meet together in an informal setting where each can express their position without interruption and work to identify common issues of conflict and work for a solution.
The difficult task is for each party to listen openly and be persuaded to understand the other party’s position and to identify points of consensus. We create an environment where the parties can express their positions openly and work together to reach a resolution.
A settlement agreement is a great success for each party because each has avoided valuable time lost in court and has saved substantial legal expenses.
Do you need assistance in the courtroom? We can be retained for the sole purpose of attending the following types of hearings: Motions, Settlement Conferences, Terms of Payment Hearings, Assessment Hearings, Trials, and Garnishment Hearings.
Legal Correspondence/Demand Letters
Sometimes all our clients require is assistance in contacting a party to demand payment or replying to correspondence you received in connection with a legal matter. It can be intimidating to prepare a response to a lawyer, paralegal or opposing party when you don’t know exactly what you should say or what information you should divulge. We can assist you by preparing correspondence either on our letterhead, or assisting you with the wording for you to reply on your own. Again, these services are provided on a flat fee basis. Hiring us to assist in this type of correspondence can greatly reduce your need to go to Small Claims Court to resolve your disputes.
Does your company have an in-house legal department? Are you suffering from high staff turnover and low efficiency? Do you have numerous legal files, but no recoveries? Let us help you design your internal Legal Procedures and Processes in order to increase your efficiency and maintain control over your portfolio. We have handled many high volume portfolios over the past 20 years, and have proven methods to streamline the process with a focus on recovering on your judgments.
You may have already received a judgment from the court and now need assistance in collecting your money. This part of the process can be the most difficult, and the most rewarding. Our clients retain us because our focus is ALWAYS on the recovery of your money and to do so in a timely and efficient manner. We have a network of private investigators and other tools that can assist in locating assets (such as bank accounts, employers, and more) in order to help you recover your money. Let us help you collect those funds.
Because of our extensive experience in Small Claims Court matters, we can assist with as little or as much of the process as you require. The most important part of any legal action is the pleadings (what you say in your claim or defence). The way you word your claim or defence and the information and documentation you provide to the Small Claims Court and the opposing party at the outset can significantly increase your chances of success. Properly preparing your Small Claims Court claim or defence is the most important part of the process. We can assist you in making sure you include all the correct information and documents.
However, if you are in the middle of an action and need assistance in preparing a motion, procedural documents or affidavits, we can also assist you in that regard. Most of these services are completed on a flat rate fee schedule so that you are aware what costs you will incur prior to retaining our services
Legal Strategy & Research
Some of our clients are pretty confident that they can handle much of the Small Claims Court process on their own. However, because of their lack of legal training they require assistance in how to navigate the situation. Through fulsome interviews, a review of all the relevant documentation and facts and some legal research, we can provide you with the necessary tools to present your Small Claims Court case and give you the greatest chance of success. Fees will vary depending on the complexity of your case and the information or assistance you are seeking. Often fees will be based on an hourly rate for this process.
We are closely connected to a process serving firm that handles all of our serving needs. Also, we have a network of process servers all over Canada to assist in serving your legal documents. The rates offered are competitive and quotes can be provided prior to retaining our services.
We have built relationships with several private investigators that provide skip tracing services. Depending on whether you are looking for a party’s home address, employer or bank account, we can assist you in obtaining that information. We will gather as much information as necessary from you, and we would require a copy of your claim or judgment in order to proceed. These services are provided on a flat rate fee basis and you are only charged if the information you are looking for is obtained. This is a no risk process.