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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When filing your claim, there are deadlines that you must meet, that if passed will make your legal claim no longer valid.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!
  • No Custody Client swerved and hit a parked car. Her blood alcohol content was a.30, over 3 times the legal limit.
  • 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!
  • No Death Penalty Our client and a co-defendant were accused of murdering 2 elderly people by beating them to death with metal rods. We pled our client not guilty by reason of insanity. He had been in and out of mental hospitals from the time he was 15 years old. The co-defendant was sentenced to the death penalty but we were able to negotiate with the Deputy District Attorney during trial and our client received life without parole instead of the death penalty.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Appeal Our client was sentenced to death for the brutal murder of a young mom and her 4 year old daughter. After reviewing thousands of pages from the trial, interviewing witnesses and family members, we found some issues that had not been previously litigated and were able to get these issues sent to State Court.
  • 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.
  • No Actual Custody It was about 4 p.m. and my client had a fight with his wife. He decided to drink 1/2 pint of Vodka and hit the car in front of him and got arrested. He had a .12 blood alcohol content. This arrest was 2 years after a previous DUI conviction. So, he was still on probation. He could have done 90 days to 1 year in custody on this new DUI because of his probation violation. However, he received no actual custody: 96 hours of jail satisfied by CPAC-house arrest, 1 day of Public Service instead of 5, Fines at $50 per month and a no ignition interlock device ordered.
  • No Charges Filed My client slapped her husband after he pushed her and was “handsy” with her. He called the police and she got arrested for battery. He made various statements that were inconsistent and therefore no charges were filed.
  • No Custody Officer smelled alcohol, said she had slurred speech, red eyes and other symptoms of being under the influence. She had a blood alcohol content of .11 and did not pass the Field Sobriety Tests given by the officer. She had a DUI with 2 DUI priors. Her result was no custody, credit for time served when arrested, no public service and instead did volunteer work, fines at $35 per month, no ignition interlock device ordered and a fine reduction of $575 by client agreeing to do a program.

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

  • She listened very well, patiently helped me understand my next steps, and provided me with good resources.

    “I consulted with Andrea on my difficult child custody case. She listened very well, patiently helped me understand my next steps, and provided me with good resources.”

    Brian Hansen

  • Very helpful & very nice

    “The attorney was very helpful & very nice”

    Sam

  • I will be walking into mediation with my son's father feeling as prepared as possible.

    “I hired Andrea to consult me on a child custody case. She talked me through the whole process thoroughly and explained what you expect as well as how I can best present myself. I am grateful for her assistance.”

    Britney

  • 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

  • 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