In Ontario, the Small Claims Court is a branch of the Superior Court of Justice. It deals with civil disputes of a monetary value of up to $35,000 (Canadian).
The Small Claims Court can handle any action for the payment of money or the recovery of possession of personal property where the amount claimed does not exceed $35,000, excluding interest and costs such as court fees. This includes the value of all goods that the plaintiff is asking for in total, no matter how many defendants there are.
If the amount of your claim is more than $35,000, you can still choose to use Small Claims Court. However, you will have to give up the amount of money over $35,000, as well as any future right to get this money in any other court.
Small Claims Court is much quicker, easier, and less expensive than a civil action in Superior Court. Although the rules are more relaxed, it is still a court and there are extensive rules, written and unwritten, governing its process. Don't risk making a mistake, have a professional represent you and you can sleep easy knowing that your case is in good hands.
All litigation is inherently risky and expensive. However, I do not believe that your legal fees have to be. My fee system is based on set rates for each step in the litigation process.
All of my retainer agreements set out in advance, and up front, what the cost will be. This gives you the power to decide if you want to retain me with full knowledge. With me there is no fear of a surprise bill at the end, just peace of mind knowing that your case is being handled by a professional at a price you already agreed to.
The exact prices are based on the complexity of the case, the amounts seeking to be recovered, the steps in the process, and the amount of preparation required. However, some general ideas as to rates are as follows: