What if I need to sue somebody for more than the small claims limit in my state?
Let's say you want to sue somebody for $20,000 and your state's small claims dollar limit is $5,000.
You will likely need to file your lawsuit in an intermediate court. Your case is too big for small claims court.
However, suppose you want to sue somebody for $2,700 and your state's small claims dollar limit is $2,500. In this scenario, you may be smart to lower your claim for damages to $2,500.
You'll forego your right to collect the $200 difference in the future, but you'll avoid the hassles of suing in a much more complicated court system.