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Some common questions about small claims:

No. You can handle the matter yourself. It can be useful to obtain legal advice before you commence action though, to make sure you have a strong case. If you lose in Court you could end up having to pay legal costs for the other side. You may benefit from advice about time limits or assistance managing the paperwork and Court hearing process. If you win your case but the debtor still does not pay you, you may benefit from legal assistance to enforce the judgement debt.

The NSW Government’s Law Access site details the steps involved in making a small claim in the Local Court.

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