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Cape May Small Claims Trial Attorney

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NEW JERSEY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL ATTORNEY AVAILABLE TO TRY YOUR CAPE MAY COUNTY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL

IF YOUR CAPE MAY COUNTY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL IS SCHEDULED, DON’T GO TO COURT UNREPRESENTED!
On the day that your Cape May County Small Claims case is scheduled for your Cape May County Small Claims trial, whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant, you must appear at Cape May County Small Claims Court in the proper Courtroom. On the date your Cape May County Small Claims case is scheduled for the Cape May Small Claims trial, you must be fully prepared to try the case. There are many reasons you should avoid handling your Cape May County Small Claims Trial without the help of a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer, such as the following:
• Cape May County Small Claims employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees
• Cape May County Small Claims Court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in Court
• each Cape May County Small Claims case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
• it is very common for people to file inadequate or incorrect Cape May County Small Claims complaints that result in the Cape May County Small Claims complaints or answers to Cape May County Small Claims complaints being rejected by the Cape May County Small Claims or being dismissed by the Cape May County Small Claims after filing and before or after the Cape May County Small Claims trial because of procedural deficiencies.
• it is not uncommon for judges to get very frustrated by an unrepresented party’s lack of preparation or ignorance of the facts or law of the Cape May County Small Claims case.
• a Court has the power to punish unprepared parties, such as by throwing their Cape May County Small Claims case out of Court or limiting what they can present at the Cape May County Small Claims trial.
• New Jersey has many published cases, laws, regulations, Court rules and rules of evidence that can be very tricky to understand and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do at the Cape May County Small Claims trial.
• it is very common for Cape May County Small Claims Courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items at the Cape May County Small Claims trial that the person themselves never prepared. Often parties stumble into Cape May County Small Claims with a video, photograph, bill or affidavit or other form of written statement, thinking they are going to use it as proof that they lost money or that they are not responsible for someone else’s damages, only to have a judge tell the parties that it is not going to even consider such items or documents.
• without the proper preparation, items and documents may never be considered by the New Jersey Cape May County Small Claims Part. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the Cape May County Small Claims trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to Court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases.
• you cannot show up at the Cape May County Small Claims expecting the judge hearing your Cape May County Small Claims case to explain Court rules, evidence rules, Court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your Cape May County Small Claims case. The judge hearing your Cape May County Small Claims case is not permitted to give you legal advice.

It is important to remember that even if you have a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer, you could lose your Cape May County Small Claims case. Hiring a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer to handle part or all of your Cape May County Small Claims case does not guarantee your success. However, it may provide what is needed to win your Cape May County Small Claims case or to avoid certain mistakes.

Don’t Expect Cape May County Small Claims Court Personnel To Tell You What To Do!!!
Cape May County Small Claims Court personnel are generally not allowed to give plaintiffs and defendants legal advice. Cape May County Small Claims Court personnel are generally not allowed to tell you how to handle your case. Many Cape May County Small Claims Court personnel are not lawyers or certified paralegals. Be careful to avoid relying on the advice of Cape May County Small Claims Court personnel. Don’t expect a Cape May County Small Claims judge to be convinced if you argue that you relied on of Cape May County Small Claims Court personnel when making certain decisions in your Cape May County Small Claims case!

PREPARE FOR THE CAPE MAY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL IMMEDIATELY!
Cape May County Small Claims trials usually occur fairly rapidly after a Cape May County Small Claims complaint is served and filed. Don’t wait until the day or week before Cape May County Small Claims trial to prepare for your Cape May County Small Claims trial! Far in advance of your Cape May County Small Claims trial, documents have to be requested collected, witnesses subpoenaed. It is not uncommon for a person to show up at a Cape May County Small Claims trial asking for an adjournment because they are not ready to try their Cape May County Small Claims case, with the Cape May County Small Claims judge refusing to grant the request! Cape May County Small Claims plaintiffs and Cape May County Small Claims defendants often appear at a Cape May County Small Claims trial unprepared only to learn the hard way that, very often, the key to winning a Cape May County Small Claims trial is careful preparation.

DON’T THINK THAT YOU ARE CERTAIN TO WIN CAPE MAY SMALL CLAIMS CASE SIMPLY BY FILING PAPERS AND SHOWING UP AT YOUR CAPE MAY COUNTY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL!!
Winning a Cape May County Small Claims case is not simply a matter of preparing and filing a complaint or answer and showing up at Cape May County Small Claims Court. Many people think that their proofs are certain to result in their winning their Cape May County Small Claims case. But most likely, you only know your side of the story of your Cape May County Small Claims part case and you don’t know your Cape May County Small Claims opponent’s side of that story. To be prepared to try your Cape May County Small Claims case, you need to know your opponent’s side of your Cape May County Small Claims case. Otherwise, you may learn for the first time too late at the Cape May County Small Claims trial that you are not certain to win your Cape May County Small Claims case.

DON’T EXPECT THE CAPE MAY COUNTY SMALL CLAIMS COURT TO BE FAMILIAR WITH THE DETAILS OF YOUR CASE
Cape May County Small Claims part is one of the busiest of all of the sections of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Don’t ever expect Cape May County Small Claims Court personnel to be familiar with the details of your Cape May County Small Claims case. Usually, most Cape May County Small Claims Court personnel never read your complaints, answers and motions. When dealing with Cape May County Small Claims Court personnel, be prepared to explain those details of your Cape May County Small Claims case that are necessary for them to understand your Cape May County Small Claims case.

IF YOU EXPECT TO CALL WITNESSES AT YOUR CAPE MAY COUNTY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL, MAKE SURE TO ISSUE SUBPOENAS FOR THEIR APPEARANCE
To make certain that a witness will appear to give testimony in your Cape May County Small Claims trial, prepare proper Cape May County Small Claims subpoenas and have them properly served on the witness well in advance of your Cape May County Small Claims trial. Otherwise the witness may not show up at your Cape May County Small Claims trial and you may be without crucial evidence to prove your Cape May County Small Claims case!

IF YOU WANT TO USE DOCUMENTS AT YOUR CAPE MAY COUNTY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL, BE PREPARED TO HAVE THE RIGHT PERSON PRESENT TO TESTIFY ABOUT THOSE DOCUMENTS
You cannot always use documents at your Cape May County Small Claims trial. Even affidavits are often unusable at a Cape May County Small Claims trial. Often, Cape May County Small Claims parties are prevented from using documents at their Cape May County Small Claims trials because they don’t have the right person to testify about the document’s authenticity/accuracy. You may need to call and subpoena witnesses to testify about the documents that you want to use at your Cape May County Small Claims trial!

WRITE OUT THE QUESTIONS YOU SHALL ASK AT YOUR CAPE MAY COUNTY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL BEFORE IT STARTS
Cape May County Small Claims judges usually want you to be prepared to start your Cape May County Small Claims trial as soon as your Cape May County Small Claims case is called to be tried. Cape May County Small Claims judges don’t want to wait for you to decide what questions you will ask your witnesses during the Cape May County Small Claims trial. How you ask your questions during your Cape May County Small Claims trial could affect whether you win your Cape May County Small Claims case. Take the time to prepare your Cape May County Small Claims direct examination and Cape May County Small Claims cross examination in advance of your Cape May County Small Claims trial.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR CAPE MAY SMALL CLAIMS CASE?
Handling your Cape May Small Claims case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer! Let a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer help you with your Cape May Small Claims case. Not all Cape May Small Claims cases require you to pay expensive legal fees to get legal help.

WHY SHOULD NEW JERSEY PRO SE PLAINTIFFS AND NEW JERSEY PRO SE DEFENDANTS SEEK HELP FROM A CAPE MAY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL LAWYER?
Handling your Cape May Small Claims case wrong from the beginning may only cost you more money and time in the end!! Do it right the first time by seeking legal advice from a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer! Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants make the mistake of not consulting a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer before filing New Jersey Court papers only to later learn that the New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants made serious mistakes that could cause them to lose their Cape May Small Claims case. Let a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer help you with your Cape May Small Claims case.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT PERSONNEL FOR LEGAL ADVICE?
New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees. Most New Jersey Court employees are not trained New Jersey attorneys and therefore, they may not know what advice to give you. Working at the New Jersey Court as a non-judge is not the same as practicing law.

CAN I RELY ON NEW JERSEY COURT FORMS PROVIDED BY THE NEW JERSEY COURT?
The New Jersey Court usually provides certain types of New Jersey Court legal forms to the public and those forms are often very helpful. However, beware relying on New Jersey Court forms provided by the New Jersey Court – the New Jersey Court forms are often deceptively simple, while Cape May Small Claims cases often are much more complex than they first appear to be. There is simply no substitute for a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer licensed to practice law in New Jersey who has experience handling Cape May Small Claims cases. New Jersey Court forms don’t talk and New Jersey Court forms and their directions rarely, if ever, cover every possible situation, set of facts or legal issue that may arise in a Cape May Small Claims case. Each Cape May Small Claims case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges. If you can afford a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer, it is best to have the New Jersey attorney prepare your New Jersey Court paperwork for you.

CAN I HANDLE A CAPE MAY SMALL CLAIMS CASE MYSELF?
Many New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants can and do successfully handle Cape May Small Claims cases, from filing the first paperwork to the collection of a New Jersey Court judgment. However, many other New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their Cape May Small Claims cases or that result in the entry of a New Jersey Court money judgment against them. The greater the money at stake, the greater the reason to consider using the services of a competent attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey to handle part or all of the Cape May Small Claims case. The following are reasons to use a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer to handle part or all of your Cape May Small Claims case:
• New Jersey Court fees often change
• New Jersey Court rules often change
• New Jersey Court employees cannot give you “free” legal advice and a New Jersey Court judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees
• New Jersey Court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in Court
• each Cape May Small Claims case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
• it is very common for New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Court complaints that result in the New Jersey Court complaints or answers to New Jersey Court complaints being rejected by the New Jersey Court or being dismissed by the New Jersey Court after filing and before or after trial because of procedural deficiencies.
• it is not uncommon for judges to get very frustrated by an unrepresented party’s lack of preparation or ignorance of the facts or law of the Cape May Small Claims case.
• a Court has the power to punish unprepared New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants, such as by throwing their Cape May Small Claims case out of Court or limiting what they can present at the New Jersey Court trial.
• New Jersey has many published cases, laws, regulations, Court rules and rules of evidence that can be very tricky to understand and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do at the New Jersey Court trial.
• it is very common for Courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items at the New Jersey Court trial that the person themselves never prepared. Often New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants stumble into New Jersey Court with a video, photograph, bill or affidavit or other form of written statement, thinking they are going to use it as proof that they lost money or that they are not responsible for someone else’s damages, only to have a New Jersey Court judge tell the New Jersey plaintiffs and New Jersey defendants that it is not going to even consider such items or documents.
• without the proper preparation, items and documents may never be considered by the New Jersey Court. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Court trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to Court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases.
• you cannot show up at the New Jersey Court expecting the judge hearing your Cape May Small Claims case to explain Court rules, evidence rules, Court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your Cape May Small Claims case. The judge hearing your Cape May Small Claims case is not permitted to give you legal advice.

It is important to remember that even if you have a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer, you could lose your Cape May Small Claims case. Hiring a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer to handle part or all of your Cape May Small Claims case does not guarantee your success. However, it may provide what is needed to win your Cape May Small Claims case or to avoid certain mistakes.

DOES A CAPE MAY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL LAWYER HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY CASES?
Yes. Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
• handled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey, from Bergen County New Jersey to Cumberland County New Jersey, including representations of individuals, small businesses and large corporations.
• settled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey.
• reviewed many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• enforced many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• provided New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants with New Jersey Court legal advice and prepared New Jersey Court legal forms
• prepared and filed many New Jersey Court complaints
• tried New Jersey Court jury trials
• mediated many New Jersey cases
• argued New Jersey Court motions
• handled New Jersey Court proof hearings
• handled New Jersey Court post judgment collection proceedings

Mr. DePetris has appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey in the following counties:
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

IN WHAT NEW JERSEY COUNTIES WILL A CAPE MAY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL LAWYER HANDLE CAPE MAY SMALL CLAIMS CASES?
A Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer offers to handle and help individuals and businesses with New Jersey Court Claims cases in North, Central and Southern New Jersey, including cases in the following New Jersey counties:
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HIRE A CAPE MAY SMALL CLAIMS TRIAL LAWYER TO HANDLE MY CAPE MAY SMALL CLAIMS CASE FROM BEGINNING TO END?
In many situations, a Cape May Small Claims trial lawyer offers alternatives to handling Cape May Small Claims cases for an hourly fee, such as by offering to handle your Cape May Small Claims case up to trial for a fixed fee or to help you handle your Cape May Small Claims case by yourself. Such flexible methods may allow you to keep the amount legal fees you spend on your Cape May Small Claims case to a fixed sum, while providing you the help you need to handle your Cape May Small Claims case. For a no obligation phone consultation about what the Firm might be able to do for you, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris.
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