U-SUE only takes on cases that we feel there will be a very high likelihood of success. We scrutinize our cases very carefully to make sure that our clients will win should their matter go to trial. While we can make no guarantees, this formula has contributed to U-SUE’s success and track record of winning court actions for more than 30 years.  Let us use our experience in the Small Claims Court process to reach a successful resolution.

1. Evaluating your claim

Before we agree to take your case, we will ask to see the evidence you have that documents the debt or damages. This can include contracts, emails, invoices, cheques, text messages or descriptions of conversations or phone calls. Once we’ve evaluated the merits of your case and agree to represent you, we will provide you with a summary of your claim and present you with our all-inclusive fee and contract.

2. Drafting & Filing your Claim

Your fee includes research and preparation including legal advice if needed (we receive from our lawyer – at no extra cost to you) as well as a registry search of the defendants. Naming the incorrect Defendant can lead to extra expenses and can make collection on Judgment difficult. Once your claim is carefully written your based on the information and evidence provided to us, we file the claim at the Provincial Court House and pay all required fees.

3. Dispute note

Once the claim is served, the defendant has twenty days to file a dispute notice. If no notice is filed, we can apply for a default judgement which can then be enforced to satisfy the claim. If the defendant files a dispute, the claim will then be scheduled for mediation within two months.


Mediation is a process where a mediator will meet with both parties to try to resolve the action before it goes in front of a judge. Many claims are settled at this stage. If the claim is not resolved at Mediation, a pre-trial conference will be scheduled. This will be a number of months after Mediation.

5. Pre-Trial Conference

If the claim is not resolved at mediation, a pre-trial conference will be scheduled. This will be a number of months after mediation. The pre-trial conference is held by a judge with both parties. The intent is to make sure that everything required for a trial will be ready for the trial date. A number of claims that make it to this phase will also be settled. If it is not settled, a trial date will be set.

6. Trial

We review our your case and prepare in advance by strategizing for a successful trial, this includes an in depth examination of the opposition documents to ensure that there are no surprises at trial. We work with our clients to organize your witness list and will prepare our clients and witnesses to testify. At the trial, we will represent you by presenting evidence and questioning witnesses. Our agents have extensive trial experience to provide you with the best representation. At the conclusion for the trial, the judge will provide a final judgment that can then be enforced. The winning side will also be awarded some costs based on the trial duration.

7. Judgement Enforcement

After a judgment is delivered, U-SUE can help get it enforced so you receive the money you are owed. We will file the judgment as required by the courts and can also take steps to register it against property owned by the Defendant, garnish bank accounts, wages and receivables or hire a Bailiff to seize other assets for sale. We discuss with our clients what options are available to them to enforce a judgment, these options will depend upon the knowledge of any assets or bank accounts owned that the defendant may have.

Complimentary Claim Evaluation

Share the details of your matter with us and we will provide our recommendations – there is no charge for this stage of the process.