Q: How do I begin a lawsuit and what does it cost
A: It depends upon where you are beginning the lawsuit and why you are filing. If your claim is in State Court which is Circuit Court in the Civil Branch and is for an amount or value less than $10,000.00, you file it in Small Claims Court. The current fee for doing so in Circuit Court, Small Claims Division is $73.00. If the claim is over $10,000.00 that filing fee is $265.50.
If the claim is for Personal Injuries for $5,000 or less the Small Claims filing fee is $94.50; if it is greater than $5000 the filing fee is $147.00.
The courts website is at www.wicourts.gov look for the forms under the Forms tab Small Claims and begin filling it out.
I hope that this is sufficient for your purposes.
Michael D. Birchmore agrees with this answer
A: I agree with Mr. Muwonge. I would also add another issue you must consider. Most states require corporations to be represented by only attorneys. This law applies to any court in which the corporation has been sued. If you plan to sue a corporation (who made the product) you should be aware that you could easily wind up paying the other side's attorneys' fees. Attorney fees in a civil products liability case or other civil lawsuits can be a very large amount which you should not ignore in your calculations.
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