There are various types of money disputes, ranging from amounts, reasons, and relationships.  A Limited Civil Case is a case that involves less than $25,000.  An Unlimited Civil Case is a case that involves over $25,000.  Small Claims cases are those for $10,000 or less.

If you are an individual and want to file a lawsuit for $10,000 or less, you have the option of filing a Small Claims case or a Limited Civil case.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Small Claims

In Small Claims, you must represent yourself.  An attorney cannot be hired to appear for you in court, however with the expertise of a Legal Document Assistant, it would not be as daunting of a task, and the filing fees are MUCH cheaper.  The Rules and Procedures are easier to understand and the case goes much quicker.  If the Judge rules against you in a Small Claims case, however, you do not have the ability to appeal.

Limited Civil

In a Limited Civil Case, you can have a lawyer represent you, which can be costly, but they have the expertise, and filing fees are much higher.  You must follow the California Civil Code of Procedure, regardless if you are represented or pro per.  These types of cases can take years to decide, however either side can appeal the Judge’s final ruling.

If you go the Limited Civil route, you can demand up to $25,000.  And if the amount exceeds $25,000, you would need to file an Unlimited Civil case.  San Diego Legal Documents has prepared documents for individuals representing themselves from Small Claims to Unlimited Civil.  We have a team of attorneys that we use for consulting and take care of all the filing and service so you don’t have to.

If you are owed money and need assistance collecting, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 858-876-5802.