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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
If the value of the equipment is $10,000 or less, you don't need a lawyer at all. You could file a suit on your own in Small Claims Court and ask a judge to order them to pay you for the equipment (or you could then agree to accept it back, if it's undamaged).
For claims of more than $10,000, having a lawyer can help you navigate the Superior Court, although the courthouse does have forms you can file yourself to open the case. You'd be looking for a litigation attorney or breach of contract lawyer since this is a case based on an agreement to rent equipment. If they'd just taken your equipment, then you'd want someone who works in intentional torts, specifically conversion.
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