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Given you are out of the US and he is Ca
you want to hire a local lawyer lawyer in Ca to sue him on contingency fee basis
The only other alternative is to come to Ca to sue in small claims court
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he was the caretaker and now does not have the items
he is charged with returning them or covering their value
I would just be careful with your time and fees
being out of the country
you want a lawyer to handle on contingency
and avoid having you traveling for court
so trying to settle out of court would be prudent
It would come down to credibility
But given your location, you should consider settling
50% being a reasonable
full litigation with depositions and hearings could cost well more than the $2000 otherwise
I hope that is direct and helpful
The court normally looks to the details of the complaint
if you are specific
about dates, times, number of dress, why left, his holding them etc
the court is more likely to side with you
But here it is a case best settled out of court
If I can clarify anything else, please let me know
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