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Ace Process Service Helps You Get the Money That is Owed to You

Posted on May 11, 2020

Ace Process Service Helps You Get the Money That is Owed to You

Stop trying to reason with unreasonable people by letting us do the work.

Are you tired of people giving you the run around when it comes to the money that they owe you? Are you struggling to pay your bills because you trusted people to make good on their promise to pay for the products or services they acquired from you? If you’ve loaned out cash or delivered goods that never got taken care of, it’s time to do something about it once and for all.

Ace Process Service Can Assist You in Many Ways

If you need assistance collecting on debts due to you, there are many ways we can help. The services we provide make fast work out of filing court orders, locating debtors, and serving them papers. We take care of the tasks so that you can carry on with business as usual.

During times of financial uncertainty, it only makes sense to collect money owed to you. If your requests for payment have fallen on deaf ears, let us assist you. You’ve done what you could do without seeking legal action.

Skip Tracing Services Lets Us Locate a Debtor Fast

We help get the money that a person owes you. Rather than spin your wheels trying to make contact with the person, why not file a lawsuit against the debtor? Having problems locating them? Don’t worry!

We’re expert skip tracers. We’ll find the person that you’ve filed a lawsuit against and serve them with papers. That way, they’re forced to take care of the issue without delay. You’ll get the money owed to you and spend less time thinking about the person who is defaulting on their contract or loan.

Contact Us Right Away with Your Request for Service

We’re all in this together. Let us know what we can do to assist you and provide you with peace of mind. We’re only just a phone call or email away.

What to Do When You’re Owed Money and a Person Refuses to Pay You

Posted on Mar 9, 2020

What to Do When You’re Owed Money and a Person Refuses to Pay You

You deserve compensation for following through with your end of the bargain.

As a business, you know what it’s like to try to collect unpaid invoices and fees for broken contracts. It feels as if you’re putting a lot of effort in only to get ignored. If your request for payment remains unanswered, it’s time to step things up and take legal action against the individual or business owing you money.

When a Debtor Has Had Plenty of Time to Pay But Ignores Your Request

In the state of California, you have the right to seek damages in small claims court. Before you contact us with your request, however, it’s best to take the following steps to ensure that you’ve done everything you can to get the debtor to pay. If they think that you’re planning to pursue legal action against them, they may make a last-ditch effort to pay you to avoid a lawsuit.

Here’s what you need to do if a debtor owes you money but refuses to pay you:

  1. Write a final letter detailing the debt. Include the current amount owed with late fees and how it continues to incur interest at a rate of 10 percent per year. Note that you’ll use all reasonable means to collect the debt, including wage garnishment and liens on real property, according to California law.
  2. If the debtor reaches out, help them find ways to pay the debt. As noted by the California Courts: The Judicial Branch of California, suggest that they offer up their tax refund to pay their debt or hold a garage sale to make money to take care of what they owe.
  3. Pursue legal action. That’s when you contact a small claims company such as ours to work on your behalf. You’ve already put enough time and energy into the collection process.

The best-case scenario involves the debtor paying you on their own without the need to include the courts. If they continue to ignore your requests for payment, however, you’ll have taken the steps necessary to seek legal action against them.

What Ace Small Claims Service Does for Its Clients Who are Owed Money

Get the money that you’re owed by having Ace Small Claims Service do the hard work for you. For a flat fee, we’ll take care of all the necessary forms required to file a small claims lawsuit with the court. We’ll provide proof of service and serve the defendant. We’ll then provide you with all documentation in a packet for you to reference. The only thing required of you once we’ve finished the process is for you to appear in court on the date and time appointed to you.

7 Steps for Taking Your Small Claims Case to Court

Posted on Nov 11, 2019

Your guide to having a more successful outcome overall.

Before you decide to sue another person, it’s important to try to resolve the issue as amicably as possible. If you don’t need to involve the court system, you won’t be forced to pay for filing fees, court costs, and a lawyer. You can approach it in two different ways. The first is to send a demand letter, and the second is to try mediation.

The seven steps necessary for taking your small claims case to court, according to the California Courts are:

  1. Naming the Defendant. This step refers to the person or business that owes you money.
  2. Asking for the Money Due to You. If the Defendant doesn’t handle the request in a reasonable amount of time, going to small claims court may be the right option for you.
  3. Discovering a Court That Will Hear Your Claim. You won’t need to spend an extensive amount of time locating a judge to hear your case because Ace Small Claims Service helps you with this step.
  4. Filling Out Forms for Court. When you provide your information to us, we fill out all the necessary paperwork, so you don’t need to.
  5. Filing a Claim to Be Heard by a Judge. Paying for our service ensures that we’re the ones standing in line to file your claim, not you.
  6. Having a Claim Served to the Defendant. This step occurs when the person you’re suing gets notice of the lawsuit.
  7. Going to Court When You’re Ordered to Do So.  The court sets a time and date for your trial, which you’re required to be present for throughout the proceeding.

Going through the hassle of filling out paperwork and standing in line to file it is unnecessary. With Ace Small Claims Service, you’re not required to do either task. We do it for you, so you can better spend your time preparing for your case. Contacting us by phone allows us to discuss the process and flat fee we charge for helping you with your request. By the time we finish our part of the agreement, all you need to do is show up at the scheduled time and date dictated by the court.

7 Common Types of Lawsuits Seen in Small Claims Court

Posted on Jul 8, 2019

7 Common Types of Lawsuits Seen in Small Claims Court

Before you decide to pursue a small claims case, it is important to determine whether the facts of your case fall into the realm small claims court. There do happen to be limitations regarding what kinds of cases can be seen in small claims courtrooms. What are the most common types of small claims lawsuits? 

(This list does not include all of the types of lawsuits seen in small claims but some of the most common.)

Bad Debt

A bad debt is a type of contract case. In order to succeed in small claims court with this type of case, you need to have proof that the debt exists as well as its amount. You will also need evidence of when the payment was due as well proof that the person who owes you money has not paid it (in whole or part).

Breach of Contract

In this case, one or more terms of a contract (oral, written or implied) has been broken by the defendant. 

Breach of Warranty

An implied or written warranty that has been extended to you by a merchant, has been breached and, as a result, you suffered a monetary loss. 

Failure to Return a Security Deposit

This type of contract case takes place commonly between landlords and tenants when a landlord fails to return a security deposit. Evidence is necessary to prove that a deposit was made, that the premises were cleaned and undamaged upon exit and that security deposit funds were not returned.

Personal Injury

In this type of case, the plaintiff is suing due to intentional or negligent behavior that has caused they suffered personal injury.

Professional Malpractice

A professional such as a doctor lawyer or other professional has failed to use the skills of other ordinary members of their profession which results in harm toward the plaintiff. 

Property Damage

Irrational or careless behavior results in damage to the suing party’s personal property.

3 Mistakes to Avoid in Small Claims Court

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

3 Mistakes to Avoid in Small Claims Court

If you have to go to small claims court, you are going with one objective in mind: to win. Although there are steps you can take to increase the chances that you will do just that, there are also some blunders you could make that have the capability of costing you points in the courtroom. Below are some of the most common and damaging mistakes made in small claims court.

Failing to Adequately Prepare

This is probably the most obvious mistake one can make in small claims court. Failing to take the time to properly prepare for your case can cost you. Information often helps win a case. It is important you have the appropriate information ready before you even file a lawsuit to prevent your case from bouncing. Be sure you have the correct names, dates, addresses, and any other details necessary to support your claim.

Assuming the Judge Already Knows About Your Case

You know what happened to you and why you are heading to small claims court in the first place in an attempt to have justice served. You also know what it is you need to prove. But you need more than just that. You need to be able to articulate it to the judge in a way that helps him understand the situation so he can make a ruling that supports your position. Rambling on about the details without focus is a good way to turn the judge from you and can create confusion.

Deciding Against Using a Lawyer

Lawyers help people on a regular basis. There is wisdom in talking with one about the ins and outs of court before you step foot in the courtroom. A lawyer not only can help to represent you but can help you to prep for trial. Failing to consult a lawyer can be a terrible mistake when it comes to winning your court case. Some small claims courts may not allow you to be represented by counsel but you can still speak to one before you file your claim.

Do not be rash and jump right into the option of pursuing a case in small claims court without being well prepared beforehand.

Filing and Presenting Your Small Claims Appeal

Posted on Oct 8, 2018

Filing and Presenting Your Small Claims Appeal

If your small claims ruling was not in your favor and you feel the judgement was wrong, you can file a small claims appeal. Below are some tips on how to file and present your appeal.

It is important to know that the rules that cover small claims appeals may vary from state to state. Because of this, the first thing you should do is obtain a copy of your state’s small claims appeal rules and familiarize yourself with them.

File Promptly

All states require appeals to be filed promptly, typically within 10 to 30 days. In some states, you need to file a notice of appeal within 30 days after the judgement has been mailed to you by the court clerk. This means that if the decision was mailed to you, you have less than 30 days to file once you have received the documents.

Fees

Appeal fees are often higher than the initial filing fee. You may be required to post a cash bond in your state to cover the amount of the judgement, should you lose.

Do You Need a Lawyer?

You are entitled to have a lawyer represent you in the appeals court, but it may not be cost efficient to hire one considering how much you already have to pay to appeal. Weigh the pros and cons and know that you do not need a lawyer to make a good impression at an appeal. Simply be prepared and respectful and you can make just as impressive a showing at your appeal.

Presenting Your Appeal

Give careful thought to any improvement your presentation can benefit from. This is sage advice for both sides of the judgement but especially true to the person who lost previously. Ask yourself if the judge decided against you because you presented poorly or perhaps because your statements were not backed up with evidence. If the answer to either is yes, you may need to do a little more work.

If you are feeling the pre-case jitters, try to calm yourself and be prepared. You may want to read Represent Yourself in Court: How to Prepare & Try a Winning Case by Paul Bergman. And know that if you do not understand something during the appeal process, you are allowed to politely ask the judge for an explanation.

How Small Claims Court Judgments Affect Your Credit

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

How Small Claims Court Judgments Affect Your Credit

Some of the things that are included in your credit report are small claims court judgments against you. Information on civil judgments can be collected by credit bureaus and may have significant negative effects on your credit report. The judgments may remain in your credit report for up to seven years after the judgment and not the date of the debt.

 

Public Information

Courts are not generally required to report small claims judgments to credit bureaus. However, civil judgments are considered public documents that can be accessed by individuals or organizations. Credit bureaus usually assemble data on small claims on their own. Unfortunately, debtors must update their records to prove that their debts were paid. Although a paid judgment still has negative effects on your credit report, it is much better than an unpaid one.

 

Credit Report Damage

Small claims judgments have multiple negative effects on credit reports. While this is true, civil judgments can have some of the worst negative effects on your credit file. In addition, the effects of a civil judgment can be more damaging if the lawsuit and judgment was the result of a delinquent credit account. If the debtor does not appear at trial date, the court would enter a default judgment on the debtor’s records. Default judgments have the worst negative effects on your credit because they give the impression that you did not even bother to attend a trial.

 

Statute of Limitations

Statutes of limitations play important roles in small claims actions, or even the avoidance of such claims. Unfortunately, statutes of limitations can be quite long ranging from 12 to 20 years. In some cases, the SOL can even be renewed restarting the clock all over again. It is important to research the statute of limitations for your state, especially when sued for an old debt. If your suit is initiated after the expiry date, you can inform the court and have the case dismissed.

Get Your Security Deposit Back in Small Claims Court

Posted on Aug 13, 2018

Get Your Security Deposit Back in Small Claims Court

Get the money back that is owed to you.

You have decided to move and are dealing with what seems to be a landlord from you-know-where, who evidently has no intentions of returning your security deposit. He claims that he is entitled to keep the money to repair damages you did to the property, although you know you left the place in no worse condition than it was when you found it (and maybe even improved it somewhat out of your own pocket). What do you do now?

Getting Your Deposit Back with Small Claims Court

Security deposit disputes are one of the most common issues in small claims court. To file a claim, you need to formally file your complaint with the court. States do issue a statute of limitations, or a time limit, so it is important that you check with your state to determine how long you have to file.

If you are in the same state your former landlord and property you rented, you can file in the district closest to your landlord’s home or in the court closest to the property you rented. Some states may have different filing rules so you may want to contact a local small claims clerk for more details.

You also need to prepare for your side of the case. You should write down why you are suing the landlord. It can be a small paragraph, explaining to the judge your case while telling him your side of the story. It will do you well to investigate the local law of security deposits so you can determine what you are entitled to and so you can explain what your landlord did wrong. Be sure to include the legal name and a recent address for the landlord.

Once you turn everything in, you will receive a trial date and case number. The other party will also receive a notice from the court or mail, or you can have the papers served by a process server for an extra fee.

When it is time to step into court, be sure you have as much evidence as possible to back up what you say to the judge. Explain why you are entitled to receive your deposit back and share any documents you have to solidify your side, to increase your chances of receiving your monies due to you.

Taking a Contractor to Small Claims Court

Posted on Jul 11, 2018

Taking a Contractor to Small Claims Court

What do you do when a home improvement job doesn’t go as planned?

Sometimes things do not go as planned. Although most contractors do what they have to in order to satisfy their clients, occasionally you may run into a stubborn contractor who refuses to budge. If you have a dispute with a home contractor, small claims court can be beneficial to you. So how exactly can you recover your money from a difficult contractor?

Negotiate First

Disputes with home contractors are not uncommon. Sometimes the wrong materials will be used by the contractor or perhaps they fail to complete the project entirely or properly. If you run into these circumstances, you need to first make an effort to negotiate with the contractor outside of court. Have a conversation about the issue. There may have been a misunderstanding that can be resolved outside of court.

Another option may be to write a letter to the contractor, which may be taken a little more seriously than a verbal complaint – especially if you make mention of “legal rights” in the event that a resolution cannot be worked out.

Taking Your Contractor to Small Claims Court

If the above approaches fail, you may need to move forward in court to get the contractor’s attention. Keep in mind that small claims court often has limited jurisdiction, meaning some judges are limited in the ways they can help you. Some courts have a monetary limit. For example, some small claims courts in the state of Indiana cannot help you if you are suing for an amount over $3,000, while other courts in the state (such as Marion County) will allow as much as a $6,000 settlement.

Small claims courts also only award money damages. That means that the judge cannot order your contractor to fix the problem he created or finish work on your house.

When you are ready to file, contact the clerk of the court to gather and obtain the required paperwork. You will also need documentation to show you were harmed in the business relationship as well as any payments made, work done (including photos), and agreements (whether verbal or written). It typically costs around $50 to file, although there may be additional fees for collection if your contractor loses the case yet fails to pay.

Small claims court is usually a less expensive avenue than civil court when it comes to resolving issues with a home contractor. This may make it a good option for you if your claim total falls below the allotted amount in your area.

5 Tips for Success as a Plaintiff in Small Claims Court

Posted on Jun 11, 2018

5 Tips for Success as a Plaintiff in Small Claims Court

Improve your odds for success in virtually any court case!

Small claims court — no lawyers, juries, or complex legal standards — is designed for simplicity. Nonetheless, it can be quite stressful for plaintiffs who are anxious to be paid money that they are rightfully owed. Below, you will find five highly effective tips that should help to simplify the process:


1. Show the Defendant You Mean Business.
Filing a small claims case allows you to avoid many expenses associated with civil court. Although bypassing the hassle and cost of court all together is clearly a superior option. Many times, communicating with the client clearly and firmly is enough to pressure them into making the payment that they owe you. Sending a well-written demand letter is an excellent way of achieving this. 


2. Know the Monetary Limits for Small Claims.
If taking the case to court is unavoidable, then understanding the rules of small claims is crucial. These guidelines can help you determine whether your case does indeed belong in small claims and not a superior court.


3. Take Company Record Keeping Seriously.
 Often, defendants claim that your services were not rendered as agreed upon beforehand. To better prevent this being a valid argument, keep meticulous company records– even a photographic record of your finished work, when possible.


4. Identify Potential Witnesses.
Anyone who may be able to testify on your behalf should be issued a subpoena in order to ensure that they appear in court. Remember that witnesses must be relevant to the case in question. However, your brother coming in to say that you are an honest person won’t help much; a former employee who helped you renovate the defendant’s kitchen probably will.

5. Practice Proper Courtroom Etiquette. Keep a general air of seriousness, dress well, speak formally, don’t interrupt anyone, refer to relevant parties with their last name, and refer to the judge as “your honor.” This article from South University offers a more in-depth guide to court etiquette, for those interested.