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Hello Sir, I would like to know can I represent my corporation in small claim court in Illinois or do I need an attorney?

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been officially filed? If so, what?

Yes, my old landlord tried to sui me for breaching lease contract

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?

Macomb illinois

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I have some evidence to prove she breach lease first, I want to know if I have a case

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I did not got any answer from you! First I want to ask you can i represent my corporation at small claim court with an attorney?
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Loren, why you charge me $47, you did not give me no answer, this is ridiculous

A corporation can defend itself in small claims court, but to act as plaintiff it must be represented by an attorney. This is true even in small claims court.

If this matter comes to the court’s attention, either in the trial court or on appeal, or in connection with the corporation’s attempt to collect a judgment? The answer is that all proceedings in the case will be declared null and void from the outset. Any judgment that was entered in the corporation’s favor will likewise be declared void and unenforceable. Moreover, if the corporation then hires a lawyer to re-file a proper suit, a statute of limitation may already have run or another time-sensitive period may have expired. In other words, all previous proceedings will have been a complete waste of time and money and the corporation may also have forfeited an otherwise viable claim.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Somebody is sue my corporation for money, I am the president. I can not find an attorney, can I represent my corporation in small claim court?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I just want to know I am the one try to sue, I am the one got sued
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I want to know is that make difference

You can appear on your own as an officer of the defendant corp in small claims court.

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I said that in the first line of my answer.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Can you help me find an attorney in Macomb il

If you need assistance finding local counsel try Martindale Hubble (site rules prohibit us from referring specific attorneys). Many attorneys, themselves, use this site to locate attorneys outside their jurisdiction or expertise:

http://www.martindale.com/Find-Lawyers-and-Law-Firms.aspx

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
The judge in Macomb to me I can represent my corporation in Illinois, I have to find an attorney, is she worng?
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
that is my last question
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
can you answer this question or no?

Illinois Supreme Court Rule 282(b) reads in full:

“No corporation may appear as claimant, assignee, subrogee or counterclaimant in a small claims proceeding, unless represented by counsel. When the amount claimed does not exceed the jurisdictional limit for small claims, a corporation may defend as defendant any small claims proceeding in any court of this State through any officer, director, manager, department manager or supervisor of the corporation, as though such corporation were appearing in its proper person. For the purposes of this rule, the term ‘officer’ means the president, vice- president, registered agent or other person vested with the responsibility of managing the affairs of the corporation.”

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
thank you

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Not this time, loren, you rush me for 3 min question, I think $47 is pretty generous,

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