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Small Claims Consulting

Small Claims Consulting

La Mesa Attorney Providing Small Claims Court Guidance

When an individual is seeking to resolve an issue quickly and as inexpensively as possible, small claims court may be an ideal option. In small claims court, one person, called the plaintiff, sues another person, who is called the defendant. Attorneys are not allowed in small claims court, however, it is recommended that the individual seek the counsel of an attorney either before or after the court date.

As a La Mesa attorney with extensive experience in small claims court matters, I can help prepare you for the court date, ensuring that you have the strongest case possible. Although I cannot represent you in small claims court, I can offer guidance to help you make the right choices, intelligently present your case, and pursue the best possible result.

I can offer small claims consulting for cases involving:

  • Property damage caused by a neighbor
  • Property damage or personal injury resulting from an auto accident
  • Disputes between landlords and tenants
  • Disputes between contractors and homeowners over services rendered or contract disputes
  • Homeowner association disputes
  • Breach of contract or warranty
  • Libel or slander
  • Professional malpractice
  • Collection of money owed

Small Claims Statute of Limitations

When filing your claim, there are deadlines that you must meet, that if passed will make your legal claim no longer valid. Deadlines vary on the type of claim that you are filing. For example, if your suit involves personal injury, you must file a claim within two years of the date that you were hurt. The same deadline is used when a spoken agreement was broken. If your suit involves property damage, you must file a claim within three years of the date that the property was damaged.

Other examples of small claims court statutes of limitations are:

  • If a written agreement was broken, you must file within four years of the date.
  • In suits involving fraud, you have three years to file.
  • If you are filing a suit against a government agency, you typically have six months.

For a free 15-minute consultation, you can contact The Law Offices of Andrea Schneider at (619) 304-8499. I serve La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, and the surrounding San Diego areas.

Case Results

Take a look at my victories!
  • Charges Reduced Client was having an affair and got pregnant. In a heightened sense of distress, my client decided it would be best for her and her 4 year old daughter to pass. She gave her liquid drain cleaner thinking she would die peacefully. She was going to then kill herself. Instead, her daughter started choking and coughing. My client snapped out of her emotional state and called for help. My client faced many years in prison. We negotiated with the Deputy District Attorney and she received a few years in prison.
  • Dismissed Client was charged with a battery against her husband. He called the police after she threw something and it hit him during a late night argument. She was sentenced to 3 years of informal probation. After 18 months we petitioned the Court to have her probation terminated our request was granted, her probation was terminated early and her case was dismissed.
  • Custody Granted My client has lived out of state for many years and the father was not allowing her to see her 2 children. After much negotiation we reached a very favorable written agreement an hour before our court hearing, and the Judge made it an order. Mom will now have her kids at her home for 4 weeks in the summer, every other holiday and get to talk with them privately as much as they want to talk. She will get to spend Christmas with her children in her home for the first time in 10 years!
  • Custody Granted

    I successfully helped a client have his 15-year old daughter move into his residence. The child’s mother was against him having physical custody at first. After many negotiations, we were able to reach an agreement without having to go to court. We turned the agreement into a court order to officially conclude the case amicably.

  • Custody Maintained

    My client had a difficult time with arranging child custody with his child’s mother. The mother wanted their 12-year old son to start 6th grade at a different middle school than originally planned. The mother also wanted full legal and physical custody of the child, despite this not being a reasonable arrangement. We took the case to court and managed to secure my client everything he wanted out of the child custody arrangement, which included keeping his son at the middle school in his neighborhood.

  • Payments Reduced

    My client has been out-of-work for a while and his ex-wife was self-employed. When attempting to settle a child support agreement, there came many moments of dispute and disagreement in considering incomes and the child’s needs. My client had already been paying child support through the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). We were able to arrange a hearing and — with the mediator’s help — reach a reasonable resolution that gives my client sufficient time to get back on his feet financially by decreasing his support for a specific time.

  • Divorce Settled

    I represented a client going through a particularly messy divorce. After much negotiation, we were able to reach a fair settlement without having to go to trial.

  • Divorce Finalized Finished a nasty divorce case in less than 6 months, which included the sale of the family home and division of assets and debts with much negotiation needed. Our judgment packet was filed with the Court, had no mistakes (they often find some reason to send paperwork back many times) and the divorce is final.
  • No Custody Client swerved and hit a parked car. Her blood alcohol content was a.30, over 3 times the legal limit.
  • No Custody Client got arrested for the first DUI, we resolved it and shortly after he got a second DUI. Residential program instead of custody, and volunteer work instead of public work service.

Professional Help When You Need It Most

  • I treat my clients like family, not case numbers. My clients get the personal attention that their case deserves.
  • When you call my office, you get me! You will not be handed off. I live and breathe your case and I will be with you every step of the way.
  • As a mother of two, I understand it is important to do what's best for you and your family. You can trust, I will do just that for you.
  • I truly care about my clients and am here to help them with any legal matter they are facing.
  • I have your best interest at heart and in mind. I will patiently listen to what you want, need and value.
  • We will strategize and develop a game plan that will help you achieve your goals all while staying within your budget.

Hear From Others
I Have Helped

  • What a huge relief to know that Andrea had my back and would truly be MY champion.

    “She was very quick to respond to any of my questions and gave me just the right amount of support. She made me feel empowered during this divorce journey and helped me see that I could survive this ordeal with her by my side.”

    Dawn

  • I would gladly recommend you to any others who may need your help.

    “Thank you for all your help. Your concern and professionalism were evident as you guided him through that very difficult situation. I was very impressed with the respect shown to you by the judge and the fact that he worked with you on the order he issued. I would gladly recommend you to any others who may need your help.”

    Henry

  • I was lucky receive a call from Andrea.

    “I submitted a general inquiry to speak with a lawyer, and was lucky to receive a call from Andrea. She listened, cared, and provided constructive feedback. I would recommend her, as well as consult with her in the future. ”

    E

  • You did a fantastic job!

    “I feel like you did a fantastic job!! You were always polite, had a game plan and achieved a favorable outcome. If you're concerned about my expectations, don't be. I am happy with all your work. I know nothing in this system of things called a world comes easy. Mucho Gracias to you and Anastasia!! Don't forget, I have your card and know where to find you! Amen.”

    Cliff

  • She never gave up defending me.

    “She has a vast knowledge of the court system and the law. She has worked with me diligently since January, and it is now November, to keep me out of prison due to multiple DUI’s. I would highly recommend Andrea for any legal matters.”

    Dan