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I am sorry to hear this.
What do you mean when you say you accepted a judgment based on duress?
Are you able to say that you were unduly pressured and didn't understand what you were signing?
Small Claims Court is for matters up to $25,000. It is the right court.
But at this point in time the law and the facts about the substantive issues don't matter.
You settled and the matter is done. There is nothing to appeal.
The only possible approach to take is you were without a lawyer and had no advice and were scared and bullied essentially agreed without being able to really understand what you were signing.
Then you might be able to get the settlement set aside.
What may be best in your case is to consult with a lawyer in your city at once and have that lawyer send a letter to the other lawyer explaining that you settled under duress, without independent legal advice and if you cannot come to a much more reasonable settlement you will be moving to set aside the settlement and to proceed to trial.
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