Q: Do I need to retain a lawyer for my small claim case? Is there specific evidence I must present to validate my claim?
In Henrico, VA - I had filed a small claims court case against my neighbor for damages, maxed at $5000. He has requested it be removed to general district court and has retained counsel. I suing my neighbor for damaging my front, side and back yard resulting in me paying out of pocket for landscaping. His son also stole the spare key that his dog dug up in my yard causing me to have my locks replaced. The second issue is the excessive noise from my neighbor and his family. I have had to call the police on several occasions, neighbor has refused to answer the door for the officers. It is disrupting my work calls. The home builder for our townhomes confirmed that my neighbor is causing excessive noise after performing a series of test where they had access to both our homes. As a result, I would have to pay out of pocket for soundproofing of my walls. I have attempted to resolve the matter with my neighbor as well.
A: By court rules, no lawyers are allowed in a small claims case matter in Virginia.
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