Hi, My name is Philip. I am an attorney with over 16 years experience. Hopefully I can help you with your legal question.
Ma'am you can file that in small claims
Under the law in NY, if your claim is for $5K or less, you can file in small claims court and "do it yourself"
Now...to prove your case you have to prove that this was a loan
and not a gift.
So, for example, if you gave him money with no agreement that he would repay? That is a gift and you can not force him to return the money.
But if this was a loan??
If you and he agreed that he would repay you?
And he has not?
Then you can sue and ask the court to order it.
This is exactly the sort of case small claims court is designed for.
You have the burden of proof
. You must present evidence to prove your case. But the great thing about contract
law is that if you had an agreement, even an oral agreement, you can enforce it. You would simply testify to the court and explain what happened.
It sounds to me like you have a great case
Let me know if you have more questions, happy to help if I can