Sue For Money Owed Without A Contract

How to Sue For Money Owed Without A Contract

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In 2013, Martinoski sued Bokori in small claims court for money owed with no prior contract. Nonetheless, the court granted Martinoski victory and $5,146 in compensation.

Just like Martinoski, you can sue anyone for money owed in small claims court and receive up to $10,000 in compensation. This article will disclose the steps you need to take to make this happen and how you can sue anyone through .

What is a Contract?

A contract is a legal document that states an agreement between two or more people. Your contract may be an:

  • Express Contract — It is agreed upon by all parties verbally or in writing
  • Implied Contract — An agreement is indicated between all parties but not explicitly expressed. An example would be a case where a person walks into a restaurant and orders a meal. The law recognizes that by the action of ordering a meal, the person has agreed to pay and the restaurant owner has agreed to serve the food in expectation of payment.

Remember that both types of contracts are protected by law.

How to Sue for Owed Money With No Contract?

Step 1:

List the defendant(s) and their address.

Name people who owe you money and list their addresses.
Step 2:

File your complaint in your local small claims court.

Register your summons in court. A summon will typically include:
  • Details of the case
  • Parties involved in the case
  • Case number assigned by the court
  • Time limit
  • Type of response expected of the defendant
Complete this with your court clerk and pay a registration fee.
Step 3:

Serve your complaint to the defendant.

You should serve your defendant a notice to inform them of the case details and time frame they have before appearing in court. You can pay an attorney to help you, use an online platform like DoNotPay, or serve it yourself.
Step 4:

Start gathering your case evidence.

You’ll have to establish that:
  1. You are being owed by the defendant
  2. The defendant has promised to pay but has not paid
  3. You have tried to collect your money back but failed
Your evidence may include:
  • Text messages showing that the defendant owes you and agreed to pay
  • Bank statements showing the transfer of the money to the defendant’s account
Step 5:

Prepare for your day in court.

Present your evidence. You don’t need a lawyer if your case is before a small claims court. You need to defend yourself and also let the judge know of assets owned by the defendant that could cover the debt.
Step 6:

Get your claim.

You win the case if the judge rules in your favor or your defendants are absent on judgment day. Follow up on the court for:
  • A lien on your defendant’s property or assets.
  • An order to deduct from their income to pay you up.

Taking a Debtor to Small Claims Court with DoNotPay

Use DoNotPay to file your small claims against the debtor and get the advantage of fast, easy, and highly successful small claims. All you need to do is:

  1. Log in to and select the Sue Now Product
  2. Enter the dollar amount you are owed
  3. Select whether you want a demand letter or court filing forms
  4. Describe the reason for the lawsuit and submit any applicable details, including photo proof

That’s it! DoNotPay will then generate a demand letter or court filing forms for you. We’ll even mail a copy of your demand letter to the individual or business you are suing!

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