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Good evening. Since this guy will not respond to you voluntarily, you have no choice but to file a claim against him. Since the Illinois small claims court limit is $10,000, you can bring your suit in small claims court....these courts are designed for cases just such as yours and are set up to be used without a lawyer. After you win your judgment, you can then move to collect your judgment by attaching assets (including bank accounts).
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How do I go about setting this up? Should I pay a lawyer to handle? Can I also sue for interest?
You would go to the local small claims court and fill out a claim form...they are very simple and straightforward...and if you do have a question, the folks that work there are very helpful. You will not need to hire a lawyer for this....these courts are set up to be used by people like yourself and designed to be used without lawyers. Yes, you can also ask for interest.