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The suit would have to be filed either in the state in which the person who is listed on the count resides or in the state in which the person to be sued resides. A third possibility would be to sue in the state in which the bank account is located, if different from the first two. However, it is best to file in the state in which the person sued resides to make sure the court can get "jurisdiction" (i.e. the power to compel) the person.
Unfortunately, $21,000 is above the small claims limit in all 50 states. The suit would, therefore, have to be brought in regular trial court.
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