||Is There Anything I Should Do Before Starting A Small Claims Suit?|
Yes. It is always best to first try to settle your dispute without going to court. Send a letter to
the person who owes you the money and ask him to pay it and tell him why he owes it to you. Keep a copy of the
letter for yourself. Sometimes all it takes to solve a problem is a clear explanation of what the problem is.
If your dispute is with a business, you can also complain to the local Chamber of Commerce of Better Business
Bureau. If you believe that you have been cheated by a business, contact the local office of the Illinois
Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Division. These organizations exist to control dishonest and unscrupulous
If your dispute can be settled at this point, you will have saved yourself some time and money. If,
however, it can't be settled, you certainly haven't lost anything by trying to settle out of court.