Want to sue Raymond James in small claims court?

Your Guide to Sue Raymond James in Small Claims Court

Your Raymond James user agreement probably says you can’t sue Raymond James in any court except Small Claims Court, thanks to an arbitration clause. It can be complicated and time consuming, but when you sue Raymond James in small claims court it usually gets you what you want. We explain how.


Make sure you qualify to sue Raymond James in small claims court.

Ready to sue Raymond James in small claims court? First, make sure you qualify. Not every case can go before small claims courts. Pay attention to:

  1. The amount of money: Every small claims court sets a maximum dollar amount you can ask for in compensation. For most states it is $5000 or $10,000, but it can be as low as $2,500. You can find a list of all 50 states’ monetary limits here.
  2. The type of relief: There are two types of awards that you can seek in a lawsuit in regular court: monetary (a dollar value payment) and equitable (any non-monetary request). Most small claims courts however can only grant monetary awards if you sue Raymond James.

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


Send Raymond James a demand letter.

Before you sue Raymond James in small claims court, you need to ask them to voluntarily fix the problem. This takes place with what is called a demand letter.

The letter can be simple and straightforward. Just tell Raymond James who you are (your name, address, phone number and account number), what the problem is, and what you want them to do to fix it.

Once you are done writing, you have to mail them a hard copy of the letter to their official address. It is best that you send it via certified mail so that you can verify it was received. Send it to:

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
CT Corporation System
1200 South Pine Island Road
Plantation, FL 33324

If you would like examples of demand letters or more information about how to write them, you can find an excellent guide here.


Fill out court forms.

In order to sue Raymond James in small claims court, you’re going to need to fill out some paper work. Each state is different too.

There are different forms for your state, and sometimes for your county. You can find them for free on the state court website. Find your state court website here.

Be sure to fill out enough copies too, as most courts require 3 or 4 copies of all documents when you move to the next step.


File your court forms.

When you’re done filling out the court forms, you have to officially file them with the court, a complicated process.

When you sue Raymond James, most courts will require you to physically go to the courthouse only during specific hours and days to hand-deliver the forms to the court’s clerk. Other courts may allow you to file by mail, fax or (for a few courts) online.

You will have to pay the small claims court filing fee first, the amount of which can be found on your court website here. It can sometimes be waved if you are a low income plaintiff.

When you file your forms, the court clerk will provide you with a stamped copy of the forms and a court date. Keep that safe and bring your copy with you on the day of your hearing.


“Serve” Raymond James.

If you’ve made it this far – good work! This is a long and difficult process with a lot of rules. But it is important to follow each of them.

Now that you’ve filed the papers required to start your case against Raymond James, you need to tell Raymond James that it’s been sued. This is a legal step called “serving” Raymond James. To do this, you need to deliver a copy of your filed papers to Raymond James.

Here is where it gets tricky. Pay attention to the instructions on your court’s website for how to properly deliver your forms to Raymond James, or search for “[your state] small claims service of process”. Courts have many odd rules to follow and if you don’t follow them all, you won’t be able to sue Raymond James.


Show up for court.

The court date you received from the court clerk gives (after you filed your forms), is an important date, so put it on your calendar.

Make sure you know which courthouse to go to, and make sure you bring your copy of your filed forms, and any other evidence that backs up your case as to why you decided to sue Raymond James.

Sometimes, Raymond James will not show up to oppose you. If that happens, take advantage of the situation to focus on your side of the story. Remember, the judge will render a decision based on what you present and what Raymond James presents (if anything).

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