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I am very sorry to hear about this situation. You obviously attempted to help this person and have suffered for it. You don't have to have an attorney in small claims court, and if you have solid evidence to prove your case, you should be fine. Small claims are specifically meant to reduce costs for the litigants where the amount of the claim is small.
However, if you have any doubts about the merits of your claim or the law on which you based your claims, it is highly advisable that you retain an attorney versed in contract law and civil litigation. If you do not know one, www.attorneylocate.com is a good place to begin. It should be relatively inexpensive since it sounds like a fairly simple case.
All the best to you in the coming new year and good luck with your case.
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