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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When filing your claim, there are deadlines that you must meet, that if passed will make your legal claim no longer valid.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

  • 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

  • She genuinely cares about me, and my case.

    “First off I would like to say Andrea is amazing. I live out of state, and she is willing to face-time call, text. She is very thorough in everything she does, she also helps me understand. She genuinely cares about me, and my case. I have never felt more comfortable working with someone than her. I honestly couldn’t have found anyone better. Thank you Andrea.”

    Brandy

  • Thank you again for all your help.

    I would just like to thank you for all the time and effort you put into my case. It all paid off thanks to your dedication and determination to see it through to the end. Thank you again for all your help.

    Former Client

  • I highly recommend Andrea and give her an A+

    “I hired Andrea after learning I needed a lawyer for a court date happening in just over a week. She was kind and understanding and had no issues with taking my case even with the time constraint. She is honest, straightforward and very experienced. Her confidence and reassurance in being ready for court eased my stress. She listened to and read everything I had. It was obvious how hard she worked for me and we were always in contact with each other. The court case was successful thanks to her efforts. I highly recommend Andrea and give her an A+.”

    Glory

  • Now thanks to you my daughter and I are living our dreams of being together

    “Can't find enough words to thank you by helping me out with my custody case. When I was giving up you kindly give me advice and asked me to have patience. Now thanks to you my daughter and I are living our dreams of being together.Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

    Martin