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Do you need to sue someone or a company? Are you being sued?

Did you know you only have 2 years to make a claim from the date the claim arises? (Call 905-235-4567 for details)

Choosing the right representation can make all the difference in your success. Case preparation and knowledge are what makes a winning team. Knowing the key issues and how to present them in court are what makes SW Legal Services such a success on your side. See what our clients say:

I was being sued for a debt to a major credit card. I was worried they would garnish my wages. I was surprised when I met with SW Legal Services that they were confident they could make this problem go away, and they did!

J.M. Scarborough

After loaning my friend some serious money I knew I had to take action. Thanks to SW Legal Services I got paid without going to trial.

Z. H. Aurora

There are serious risks to representing yourself. You want to be successful when you spend the time and money to take a matter to court. You need to ensure you are maximizing your success. Knowledge of procedures, documents, legislation and case law are what make a litigation firm like SW Legal Services the right choice.

If you represent yourself and make errors in completing your documents you may have to start your claim all over, or, if you are defending yourself, you may find that your lack of knowledge may hinder your abilities to be successful in protecting your rights.

Small Claims Court in the Province of Ontario presides over civil matters of amounts up to $25 000. It is normal for claims that exceed this amount to proceed as a small claim due to the inexpensive and expeditious process (on the understanding you waive the amount over $25000). Although Small Claims Court processes are simplified when compared to Superior Court proceedings, the Court still holds the same principals of civil procedure for all areas of process. These include but are not limited to, rules of evidence, examination and qualification of witnesses, and preparation and service of documents within important timelines.

SW Legal Services represents people regularly in the Small Claims Court of various jurisdictions including, Toronto, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Brampton, and Durham.

What can you sue for?

To start a claim call 905-235-4567

The types of claims heard in Small Claims Court are broad and vary between claims from one person to another, or between corporations alike. Countless scenarios can give rise to a claim. Here are just a few examples;

  • Contract Dispute
  • Outstanding Invoice
  • Unpaid Rent/ Lease
  • Unpaid Loan/ Credit Card
  • Personal Injury
  • Damage to Property
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Loss of Property

If you’re unsure if your particular situation merits a claim, feel free to contact us for a Free Initial Consultation.

SW Legal Services represents people regularly in the Small Claims Court of various jurisdictions including, Richmond Hill, Toronto, Newmarket, Brampton, Aurora and Durham.

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What can I do if I’m being sued?

To Defend yourself call 905-235-4567

If you have been served with a Plaintiff’s Claim it is of utmost importance that you obtain legal advice and decide how you wish to proceed in answer to the claim. If you fail to answer to the claim within 20 days of accepting service of the claim, the Plaintiff may file with the Small Claims Court to obtain what is known as ‘Default Judgment’ against you, in the amount of the claim, plus interest and costs. Once judgment is obtained against you, the Plaintiff can then apply with the Sheriff’s Office to seize assets you own, such as; your car, bank account, RRSP’s/GIC’s , or put a lien against your home. An application can also be made to garnish your wages where you work, which of course can be an embarrassing experience.

As a Defendant to a claim, you need to protect your Rights! SW Legal Services has the knowledge and skills to protect you. There is nothing to stop individuals or companies from suing for anything they desire. Don’t be a victim of a malicious or fruitless claim. Such claims can be messy, time consuming, and stressful. SW Legal Services will stand in your corner to save you time and money, and ensure you the best possible outcome for your individual situation.

There are many advantages to having representation when being sued. Knowledge of legislation, procedures and case law all help to increase your chances of success. Even if you are liable for the claim against you, protecting your rights can save you thousands of dollars with effective representation.

SW Legal Services represents people regularly in the Small Claims Court of various jurisdictions including, Richmond Hill, Toronto, Newmarket, Brampton, Aurora and Durham.

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