One must submit a demand (or claim) to launch the process. Said demand must contain the reasons why you are suing, details of what you are asking for, witnesses who will be called, as well as any other document that will be submitted in evidence. These are required to confirm your version of the story. You have three choices to make this demand:
- write it yourself;
- fill out an online smartform, such as the one available on BidSettle.com;
- ask a lawyer to write it for you.
Practical tip 1: if the amount you are seeking if not very high, we recommend option 1 or 2. If you feel comfortable drafting it yourself, you will most definitely save costs by doing so. If not, it may be wise to consult a lawyer or be guided through the steps by an online solution.
Practical tip 2: if you are seeking slightly more than the Small Claims Court minimum, it may be wise to reduce your demand to in order for your case to be admissible at the Small Claims Court. If not, you will have to proceed in a higher-level court where costs will most likely be greater and delays longer. Also, at a higher-level court, it will be difficult not to hire a lawyer to help you with your case, which will also lead to more costs.