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What is the total amount of money that you think this pet owner owes you for your services?
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Generally, if the services were performed for which verbal agreement was made, then the person who received the benefit of such services would have to make payment for the services according to the terms of the verbal agreement.
If the dog owner wants to make counter-claims, she can, however, the burden of proof would be on her to prove by clear and convincing evidence that the contracted party in fact caused any damages and if the contracting party has evidence that they did not, then it is very likely that the small claims court judge will see through any lies and false claims and would award the dog sitter the money to which the dog sitter is entitled for the services performed.
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Yes. both sides would have to provide clear proof in court when it comes to any claims, before a claim would be approved by the court.
No. Generally, the person who contracted for the pet sitting services would have to prove that the service provider has caused her some type of financial damages which should offset any amount owed for the services.
Generally, the judge will hear both sides and the judge will make a decision based on the evidence, arguments and testimony presented by all parties.