Winning at Small Claims Court without the help of a Lawyer or Paralegal
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A very large number of people attending various courts in Canada do not hire lawyers or paralegals to represent them. They do it on their own.
A recent study by Dr. Julie MacFarlane, a law professor at Windsor University Law School, suggests that this figure may be over 70% in Small Claims Court. This study also found that the high cost of legal services was one of the primary reasons why these people decided to represent themselves.
While a large number of people are attending court without any help from legal professionals, often times they jeopardize their success because they don’t understand the rules of the game.
To be successful in Court, you need to understand complex court processes and learn how to effectively present evidence to a judge. Without a methodical presentation based on credible evidence, it is unrealistic to expect a judge to believe in you simply because you are a good person and are telling the truth.
Unfortunately, claimants currently have two choices-- pay thousands in legal fees to lawyers or paralegals, or struggle on their own without proper knowledge of the court system and hope that justice will prevail.
There is not a single comprehensive resource available to people fighting on their own that demystifies the court process and guides them through each step of the Small Claims Court.
You or someone you know may be one of those 70% people fighting on their own: frustrated by Small Claims Court system and struggling to access justice you deserve without the help of a legal professional.
For the first time ever in Canadian legal history, I have designed an online course that provides comprehensive and easy-to-follow guidance that will enable you to effectively represent your case in the Small Claims Court without the help of a legal professional.
• Is specifically designed for people with no legal knowledge or background whatsoever.
• Provides step-by-step guidance, which is easy to follow by anyone.
• Is a complete resource: it covers each and every step in the Small Claims Court process (from claim to trial).
• Empowers you to effectively represent your case and win on merits regardless of whether you are dealing with a top tier lawyer or a big corporation.
Decide for yourself
I have offered two lectures (lectures 3 and 7) which can be reviewed for free without enrollment in this course. I strongly encourage you to review these lectures and decide for yourself whether this course delivers on its promise. Simply scroll down and click on the preview button beside these lectures to view them.
I strongly believe that by following the guidance in this course, you will be able to effectively represent your cases in the Small Claims Court. However, if you believe that the course did not provide value, I will provide you with a free 30-minute consultation through my law firm, Formative LLP to help you with your legal matter. On the other hand, if you found the course valuable but still wish to seek my legal representation, I will discount the course fees in your total legal fees.
I strongly believe that effective presentation of legal cases in Small Claims Court is not rocket science. A little bit of common sense and hard work combined with knowledge from this course will enable you to present your case effectively before a Judge. Therefore, what I truly hope is that you will follow the guidance in this course, fight your own cases and make me proud of your endevour.
Amer Mushtaq is a Toronto-based lawyer with over 13 years of legal experience. He is the founder of You Counsel and Formative LLP. Previously, Amer has worked at one of the top National firms in Canada. In his legal career, Amer has worked for and against some of the top lawyers in the country.
Amer is also a passionate legal educator with strong teaching credentials. He is a former faculty member of Osgoode Hall Law School's Professional Development course on small claims court procedures, which is attended by lawyers, paralegals and law clerks.
Amer is also a former adjunct professor at Seneca College where he taught a legal course to post-graduate students. He has also spoken as a guest lecturer at University of Western Ontario Law School, and has presented at numerous conferences at Ontario Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers.
You can find Amer online:
- Hire Amer for a consult on Clarity.fm
- Visit Formative LLP
PreviewLecture 3: Issuing a Claim - Step 1 Part 1 (10:47)
StartLecture 4: Issuing a Claim Step 1 Part 2 (9:44)
StartLecture 5: Issuing a Claim Step 1 Part 3 (8:55)
StartLecture 6: Issuing a Claim Step 2 (9:16)
PreviewLecture 7: Issuing a Claim Step 3 (6:26)
StartLecture 8: Issuing a Claim Step 4 (6:49)
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