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10 Useful Resources to Improve Your Odds of Winning in Small Claims Court

10 Useful Resources to Improve Your Odds of Winning in Small Claims Court

Just because you think you have a great case, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to win in small claims court. There is always something that the other side can bring up that could hurt your case, and if you lose, you will end up not only paying the other side, but also all of their legal fees. So, you need to find ways to make sure that you have an advantage in the courtroom. Here are 10 great resources that will help to improve your odds when you are facing off against someone in small claims court.

1. How to Prepare and File Your Claim

On this website, you can find plenty of information about how small claims court works in the State of California. Learn how to prepare and file your claim, serve your claim, prepare and present your case, appeal a judgement, change a hearing date or claim, collect a judgement, and much more.

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2. Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Going to Small Claims Court

There is a great page you can use called “10 Mistakes to Avoid when Going to Small Claims Court” for Dummies. All of the information you need is broken down into terms that you can easily understand, which is going to help you to better prepare your case, and hopefully, win.

3. How (And When) To Take Someone To Small Claims Court

Here you can find an article on how to take someone to small claims court if you feel that you are owed money for any reason. This isn’t an actual how-to article, but it is loaded with information that you can really use to help you make the best decision about heading to small claims court.

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4. Prepare for Your Day in Court

On this website, you will find information on how to “Prepare for Your Day in Court.” Learn about how to get new court dates, special accommodations if you have a disability, what you need to bring to hearings, what happens at hearings, how to present your case, and more.

5. Mace Law

If there is a need for legal advice from an actual attorney before you can proceed with your case, call the experts at Mace Yampolsky & Associates. The professionals at this law office have been fighting for the rights of their clients for over 30 years, and they can help you too.

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6. What to Wear to Small Claims Court

Sure, you may see some people on these televised court shows wearing jeans and t-shirts, but this is not what you should be wearing. To be taken seriously, you need to dress and act like a professional, and this article will tell you how to do just that.

7. Ten Ways to Improve Your Odds of Winning in Small Claims Court

Another great Dummies article is “Ten Ways to Improve Your Odds of Winning in Small Claims Court.” Here you will learn how to create the best claim, how to appeal claims, the best location for your suit, how to look your best in small claims court, etc. You will also find tips about how to treat small claims court clerks, who could be very helpful to you.

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8. Small Claims Court Dollar Limits by State

There is a limit to how much you can get in small claims court. Use this website to find the “Small Claims Court Dollar Limits by State.” There is no sense in starting off asking for more than you can get. After all, you do want to be taken seriously, so you need to know the limits.

9. Mantra for Success in Court Case

You can use all of the help you get, so why not try using the powerful mantra of lord Hanuman? The monkey god, lord Hanuman is worshipped to help people gain full dedications and holy minds that will help them to be able to accomplish anything in life, including winning small claims court cases.

10. What to Expect in Small Claims Court

Another great article is “What to Expect in Small Claims Court.” This article is loaded with information that you need in order to prepare yourself for your day in court.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

1. Become Grateful for Everything

When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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3. Help Others

Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

4. Change Your Thinking

We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

6. Get into Action

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

You are responsible for your thoughts.

People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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