Civil Lawsuits - Less Than $10,000

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Small Claims Court is a special kind of Civil Court in which disputes are resolved more quickly and inexpensively. The rules are simpler and less formal. To understand more about small claims matters we recommend you read the Basic Guide to Wisconsin Small Claims Actions. The Guide covers a large number of Frequently Asked Questions.

The three most common types of small claims cases are:

  • Claim for money: civil actions where the amount claimed is $10,000 or less, if the actions or proceedings are:
    • For money judgments only, or
    •  For garnishment of wages.
  • Tort/personal injury action: where the amount claimed is $5,000 or less.
  • Eviction actions: Actions for eviction regardless of the amount of rent claimed.
  • Replevins:
    • Non-consumer credit actions for replevin (return of personal property) if the property claimed is $10,000 or less;
    • Consumer credit transactions (for return of personal property that was the subject of a lease or credit from a dealer) when the amount financed is $25,000 or less.

 Basic Guide to Wisconsin Small Claims Actions:

The Wisconsin Court System has developed an interactive website to help complete small claims forms. The self-help small claims Web site, is designed to guide you through the process of filing a small claims legal claim. By answering a number of questions, this website will help choose and complete the forms you need to file a small claims case.

My Forms Website:

Instructions are available for the following

Basic Steps for Handling Small Claims for Eviction:

Basic Steps for Handling a Small Claims Case for Recovery of Money ($5,000 or Less):

Basic Steps for Handling a Small Claims Case for Replevin (Recovery of Property):

Basic Steps for Handling a Small Claims Case for an Answer to a Small Claims Complaint:

Basic Steps to Small Claims Service:

Basic Steps for Docketing a Judgment for Collection:

Basic Steps for Handling a Small Claims Earnings Garnishment (Recovery of Judgments Totaling $5,000 or Less):

Basic Steps for Handling an Execution Against Property:

Basic Steps in Collections on a Judgment for Money:

Basic Steps in Collecting on a Judgment for Replevin (Recovery of Property):

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