1. Do I consult/hire an attorney before I do anything, or do I get the ball rolling Monday morning myself? I am unsure if this is a complicated process or if it is something I can handle myself. I have never been inside a court room!!!
Regretfully, since you have no experience and it will take drafting of the motion, serving it on the other party, scheduling a hearing before the court, etc. - I think it would be best if you retained an attorney.
2. If yes to attorney, what field of law should he or she excel in?
Contract law or consumer protection law - a general practitioner would be fine.
3. The county/city this case is in is a rural setting. Meaning most of the lawyers and judges are best friends and have breakfast together every morning. So the good ole boy system applies here. My question would be, should I look for a lawyer outside the County and system, or stick with one who parties with the judges that will be hearing my case?
I think this a fairly simple and straight forward constitutional issue. Local counsel would be fine.
The amount is 9600, plus the past 5 years of interest they were awarded
Then it's well over $10k by now.
Also I just found out the company that sued me in 2008 went out of business in 2012. might be to my advantage
That might be an advantage because they have to show the contract and statements to validate or show the amount owed.