How to File a Statement of Claim or Court Claim

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A statement of claim can be filed with a court for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons are small claims court, breach of contract claims and insurance claims. Making sure to file the correct statement of claim paperwork with the right court will help prevent a case from being denied o thrown out due to loop-holes and technicalities.

Get a statement of claim form from the county clerk where the incident happened. Or check your local courthouse or county clerk's office for forms to make a court claim.

Be sure to fill out statement of claim forms completely to avoid delays on a court claim. To make sure your court claim is successful; you may have to locate information on the individual or company named in the claim before filing a statement. This can include current or previous addresses or possible aliases.

Make sure that your statement is clear and concise. Explain the reasons for your court claim be it a breach of contract, landlord or foreclosure dispute, negligence or civil action.

Know that filing a statement of claim or court claim may have a filing fee. The fees are different depending on the state and county where you are filing as well as the subject of the claim itself. Check with your county clerk to find out about filing fees.

Have relevant paperwork. Keep all receipts, correspondences and other paperwork regarding your court claim. Optimally, you will submit copies to the court and keep the originals for your records or for further action needed in the case.

Submit your signed and dated statement of claim to your local courthouse or county clerk. Make a copy of the claim before submitting it for your records.


  • Small claims court claims generally involve sums of $5,000 or less.

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