We had an experience like that....we sued a neighbor in small claims court, we represented ourselves and the neighbor hired a lawyer. The judge was very tough on the lawyer, and I was able to work that dynamic a bit. We had a pretty solid case to begin with, and the lawyer tried to play games with us, (late and imcomplete disclosures among other things). I brought those to the judges attention and she came down hard on them. We ended up winning the maximum amount allowed in small claims PLUS expenses!Technically I can file a lien, I can also have the vessel arrested but there are issues with both of these although I did once have a bailiff chain a boat to a dock. It is much simpler just to go the small claims route. Curiously everyone I've taken to small claims over the years were lawyers with two exceptions and they were both reasonably well know politicians ... so pretty much the same thing.
I love taking lawyers to small claims court because they don't seem to realize how much the lower echelon of small claims judges hate them. ... always fun to watch their faces as they realize where things are going. Now many will tell you that wining in small claims is no gaurantee of actually collecting and that I suppose is possible however I once had a bailiff seize a brand new $30k Harley Davidison and sell it at auction to settle my $1k claim.
Small claims court can be very entertaining
It was very satisfying beating the lawyer at their own game!
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