North Port, FL asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Florida

Q: Are there any lawyers in Florida that can help me prepare a complaint and a demand letter for Small Claims court

I live in Sarasota County Florida. I have a very good countersuit against American Express. I would prefer to find a lawyer that would take this potential Identify theft by an AMEX employee along with provable fraud on the Loan Agreement (Forgery or falsification of the form etc) on a contingency but most lawyers won't go up against AMEX.

So I have prepared a complaint along with exhibits proving my case but I have no clue if it's the correct format, if I have items in there that shouldn't be there etc.

I was hoping I could get some help with a lawyer that could give me advice on what to fix, how to fight this in small claims court etc if I have to go for it on my own. Is there any type of service like that out there besides watching You Tube videos and they have not been helpful as they are just general information. Thanks..

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Sure, there are some lawyers handling general practice or general civil litigation who can advise you on how to represent yourself in small claims court, including assisting the the forms. Searching for "lawyers" "small claims" "[your location]" would be a start. However, it sounds like you need legal advice other than small claims procedural stuff. You say "countersuit", so I'm assuming AmEx is suing you for credit card debt. Because you probably agreed to an attorney's fees clause in the terms and conditions for using the card, you may be stepping into a risky minefield with a potential award of fees and costs in the thousands of dollars being assessed against you if you were not to prevail in the suit against you AND/OR the countersuit that you intend to file. Lawyers handling consumer law can advise you. Also, it is not true that "most lawyers won't go up against AmEx". AmEx is the target of many a lawsuit across the country, including class actions. You might be facing a problem of lawyers determining that a contingency fee arrangement would not be worthwhile in your situation.

Barry W. Kaufman agrees with this answer

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