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    What types of lawsuits can I file in the Small Claims Court?
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    In a single claim, a natural person can generally sue for a maximum of $10,000. Businesses and other entities can sue for a maximum of $5,000 unless considered to be a sole t+B8rader and therefore treated as natural persons in the Small Claims Court. There are a number of exceptions to the ?10,000 limit:
    i) If the claim relates to injuries resulting from a car accident where the other person's car insurance includes a 'duty to defend', the limit is reduced to $7,500.
    ii) You can only sue a guarantor (person or company that promises to be responsible for what you owe) for a maximum of $6,500 (maximum $2,500 if there is no charge for the guarantee). Entities other than natural persons can sue a guarantor for a maximum of $4,000. This exception does not apply when the guarantor is the Registrar of the Contractors (the executive office of the Contractors State License Board).
    iii) Collection agencies are unable to make claims in the Small Claims Court for debts assigned to them.
    There is no limit on the number of claims of up to $2,500 that can be filed. However claims in excess of $2,500 are limited to a maximum of two per year.

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