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How do I file a small claims lawsuit against someone who lives in another state?

Springfield, MO |

She lives in Yuma , AZ I recently relocated back to Missouri . I have a lot of proof that this woman , fraudulently pretended to be a male , promising me a loving life , a home with my daughter , and so much more . She also pretended to be a 16 year old gay male . She scammed me out of almost $ 7000 cash , $ 200 - 300 in PSI games and Movies as well as a $ 399 . 99 i Phone S . I have bank statements , voice recordings where she admits to lying about everything .

Attorney Answers 2


  1. Contact your local court, as many have forms explaining small claims court and service of process.

    The attached link provides the small claims statutes.

    If the defendant is out of state you might have issues collecting on a Missouri small claims judgment.

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  2. If this did not occur in Missouri, or the defendant did not live in Missouri at the time, you can not file suit in Missouri, small claims court or otherwise. Even if all occurred in Missouri, the claim of $7,000 exceeds the jurisdiction of the small claims court in Greene County. You must hire an attorney to file suit in Circuit Court or Associate Circuit Court and will not be able to use small claims court.

    If the conduct did not occur in Missouri, you must file suit in Arizona

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