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Attorneys are generally not allowed in small claims court unless the case was transferred from the regular civil court or with permission of the small claims court judge. If you want an attorney or paralegal to appear in small claims court on your behalf, you have to file a motion for leave to be represented by counsel with the small claims court explaining your good cause for wanting counsel and the judge has to approve of the representation.
If you already filed a police report, you can file a civil suit against them with an attorney in the regular civil court or if you want to file a counterclaim for the ring in small claims you need to file your counterclaim yourself or get permission of the court to be represented by an attorney. Your age would be one reason for good cause to allow representation by counsel and also if the other party is represented by counsel because they are a corporation then this also would be a good cause reason for the court to permit you to use a attorney.
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