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Can I sue someone for borrowing $750 and not paying it back?

Los Angeles, CA |

I have lent money to my boyfriend several times while we were dating over the course of 2 years. There are 3 occasions where he explicitly asked for a certain amount and said he would pay me back. I saved the deposit receipts I made to his account as well as emails and text messages where he states he will pay me back. When we recently split up, I asked him to finally pay back the money he owes me and he said he would do so in "a couple of days". However, he keeps coming up with excuses as to why he has yet to pay me. Can I sue for an amount as little as $750?

I reside in Los Angeles, CA and he lives in Boston, MA. If I have to travel to Boston for small claims court, can that cost be added in?

Attorney Answers 3


  1. Yes. In "Small Claims Court". They should have forms at the courthouse and online to assist you. You need to file a "complaint". It doesn't have to be perfect to win. Just file it with all of your accusations, proof, facts, allegations, dates, etc. - good luck!

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  2. Small claims court would be an appropriate venue for your case, if you have made it clear that you demand payment of the loans and it has been refused or no response and no payment. The courts costs will be added to the judgment if you win, but be sure to file within the statute of limitations period, which could be as short as two years from the date of default for each of the loans.

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