How to ask for money from the other side
This is another step you must take before filing a court case. If you ask for the money and the other side pays you, you won't need to go to court.
You can ask in person, by writing a letter, or emailing the other side.
Let them know how much they owe you and why you think they owe you the money.
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Once you've asked for money, you are done getting ready for small claims. Your next step depends on how the person responds to your request.
After you ask for the money, you can wait to hear back or file your case right away. Don't wait if you have a filing deadline that's coming up soon.