Appeals Are Complex.
Your case at the small claims level is simple: you can
raise your claims and defenses informally, often
through the filing of a handwritten form. This is
because small claims court is designed to resolve
cases in the absence of legal counsel. However, on
appeal, you will be triggering more involvement by
"serious" courts and, thus, you will be expected to
obey a more strict set of rules.
As mentioned, the courts expect you to handle your
small claims court case by yourself, absent counsel.
However, on appeal, the presence of counsel can
make the process more simple for you...and for the
courts. Hence, the courts will appreciate (and
welcome) your decision to get counsel on appeal.
Further, on appeal, the courts will be less forgiving of
your failure to follow technicalities and the courts will
not hesitate to toss out your claim (or defense) if you
have not followed the rules.
Like other professionals, lawyers charge a fee for their
service. That said, by handling your case by yourself,
you risk the cost of having a judgment entered
against you (and forever losing certain rights). All
things considered, the cost of an attorney is a small
investment to protect your long term interests. So do
not take any chances. Give us a call and find out how
affordable we are to serve as --
Your Advocates. Your Team.
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