Posted and up-to-date on 12/15/2020
I have a small claims court date coming up - what do I do?
All Small Claims Court cases in Maine have been postponed until sometime in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The courts should not be scheduling Small Claims cases. If you have a date for your Small Claims case, you should call the clerks office to confirm you have to go to court. We will post more information about Small Claims re-opening once the courts provide more information. You should call Pine Tree Legal Assistance if you are being sued in Small Claims because of a credit card debt.
The other side wants me to sign an agreement to settle the case instead of waiting for the courts to re-open - should I do that?
Do not sign an agreement to pay without legal advice! If you are being sued for a consumer debt like credit card debt, the lawyer for the company suing you might reach out to you. They may try to convince you to sign an agreement to pay outside of court. We strongly urge you to get advice before signing any agreement, even if it doesn't require you to make payments right now. You may have defenses in your case, or your money and property may be exempt from collection. The company suing you cannot force you to make payments without a court order or agreement from you. Please do not sign an agreement without talking to a lawyer.