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Do I need an attorney for a small claim against my old landlord? Security deposit not refunded in full
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Real Estate Law
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Hello and welcome! My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed attorney who will try my very best to help with your situation or get you to someone who can. There may be a slight delay in my responses as I research statutes or ordinances and type out an answer or reply, but rest assured, I am working on your question.

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The small claims limit in Maryland is $5,000 and you don't need an attorney to represent you. So if your claim is under that, no attorney is necessary. The court clerk will have the summons and complaint forms you need to file to start the case. Then you show up on the assigned court date and present your case. If you win, you are also entitled to your court costs in addition to any damages.

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As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...

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