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What do I need for small claims court in Washington state? We did work on a residence through a general contractor and have not been paid for the work.

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We performed work on a private residence through a general contractor. We have not been paid for the work. We have small claims next week but do not have a signed proposal.

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May 7, 2018
Small claims court can be tricky and a bit of an unpredictable experience. However, there are some general principles that should apply. First, prior to your date in small claims court, it's a good idea to be as prepared as possible. Gathering and organizing all pertinent information (contracts, invoices, pay stubs, communications, etc.) should be high priority. Small claims court actions are short (typically, well under an hour), so having all documentation organized will be key. Further, a claimant should also have their statements planned out in advance to take full advantage of their hearing. For more on Washington Small Claims, here's a brochure published by the Washington courts. Also, here are some downloadable forms that may be helpful.
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