Do you want to sue Jackson Hewitt in small claims court?

Your Guide to Sue Jackson Hewitt in Small Claims Court

Thanks to an arbitration clause in your Jackson Hewitt terms of service contract, you can’t sue the company in any court except small claims court. It can be time-consuming, but suing Jackson Hewitt in small claims court can lead to a favorable outcome.

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MAKE SURE YOUR CLAIM QUALIFIES FOR SMALL CLAIMS COURT

Are you ready to sue Jackson Hewitt in small claims court? Small claims courts are only for certain types of claims, so your first step is to make sure your claim qualifies for the legal process. There are two things you need to know:

  1.  Amount of money: Every small claims court sets a maximum dollar amount for the claim you can bring. In most states, it’s either $5000 or $10,000, but it can be as low as $2,500 (in Kentucky and Rhode Island). You can find a list of all 50 states’ monetary limits here.
  2. Type of relief: There are two types of awards that you can seek in a lawsuit filed in small claims court: monetary (a dollar value payment) and equitable (a non-monetary request). Most small claims courts grant only monetary awards.

If your claim doesn’t fall within the limits of your state’s small claims court, you’ll have to arbitrate your claim instead.

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SEND A DEMAND LETTER

Most small claims courts require that you ask the company to fix your problem voluntarily before you file a lawsuit If you want to sue Jackson Hewitt in small claims court, you need to send the company a demand letter sent to the legal department.

Your demand letter should be clear and concise. Tell Jackson Hewitt who you are (your name, address, phone number and account number), what the problem is, and what you want from the company. The whole letter should last just a few sentences. Remember that you are just checking a box on your to do list before you file an actual claim.

When you’re done writing the demand letter, you need to mail a hard copy of the letter to Jackson Hewitt’s legal department. You should send the demand letter via certified mail to ensure Jackson Hewitt receives it. Jackson Hewitt is based in Delaware and receives mail at this address :

Jackson Hewitt Inc.
CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY
100 SHOCKOE SLIP
2ND FLOOR
RICHMOND VA 23219

If you would like examples of demand letters or more information about how to write the letters, you should refer to this informative guide.

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FILL OUT COURT FORMS

In order to sue Jackson Hewitt in small claims court, you need to fill out paperwork.

Each state has a set of forms that need to be filled out to file a claim, and sometimes counties will require the submission of additional forms. The correct number of forms for your location is available for free on your website run by the state court system.

Make sure you fill out enough forms. Most states that require you to file forms by mail or in-person will ask for 3 or 4 copies. If you don’t have the right number of copies, you can expect the court clerk to drop your lawsuit.

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FILE YOUR COMPLAINT FORM WITH THE COURT

When you’re done filling out the court forms, it’s time to submit the forms to the court. The filing process can be tricky to navigate.

Many courts require plaintiffs to deliver forms in person to the court clerk during specific times of the day. Other courts allow you to file forms by fax, mail or online.

All courts require plaintiffs to pay a filing fee before they allow your a lawsuit against Jackson Hewitt to begin in small claims court. This fee, which is published on your court website, is sometimes waived for low income plaintiffs.

When you file your forms, the court clerk provides you with a stamped copy of each form, as well as a reminder about the court date. Take care of the stamped form copies, and make sure to bring the paperwork to court on the day of the hearing.

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SERVE YOUR FORMS ON JACKSON HEWITT

If you’ve made it this far, good work! Suing Jackson Hewitt in small claims is a long and tough process.

Now that you’ve filed the papers required to start your case against Jackson Hewitt, you need to tell Jackson Hewitt that the company can expect a summons to appear in small claims court. This is a called “serving” Jackson Hewitt. To do this, you need to deliver copies of your filed papers to Jackson Hewitt.

Look at your court’s website for instructions on how to properly deliver the forms to Jackson Hewitt, or search for “[your state] small claims service of process”. Courts have many strict rules about how to serve a defendant,. Make sure you do it right to prevent the court clerk from throwing out your lawsuit.

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SHOW UP FOR YOUR COURT DATE.

When the court clerk gives you a court date, make sure to put it on your calendar. You need to write the location of the courthouse, as well as bring the copies of your submitted forms. You also need to bring the evidence that backs up your case against Jackson Hewitt. Sometimes, Jackson Hewitt does not show up to oppose plaintiffs. If that happens to you, take advantage of the situation to present your side of the story.

Are you ready to sue Jackson Hewitt in small claims court?
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