If I want to dispute an invoice in a small claims court,

Asked over 1 year ago - Meriden, CT

can I pay it to protect myself from judgement against me and then sue? Can I sue without paying it first? Does it make a difference if I make a payment under protest or just send a check?
Would paying disputed amount mean that I'm agreeing that the amount was owed? Thank you.

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  1. Renee Mayerson Cannella

    Contributor Level 13

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    Answered . If You Dispute It Don't Pay It. If They Take You To Court In Small Claims You'll Be Sent An Answer To,Fill Out. Explain Your Position On Your Answer And File It With The Court And Send A Copy To The Plaintiff. The Court Will Assign It For A HeaRing At Which Time You Will Explain To The Magistrate Why You Don't Owe The Amount Claimed.

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  2. Scott Douglas Camassar

    Contributor Level 16

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    Answered . Don't pay and let them try to collect from you.

  3. James M. Osak

    Contributor Level 15

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    Answered . (1) Don't PAY.
    (2) If/when they sue you, fight back with your answers.
    (3) How much is this invoice amount?
    (4) Judge will decide (small claims).

    THIS ANSWER IS PURELY FOR ACADEMIC DISCUSSION ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ANY TYPE OF LEGAL ADVICE OR LEGAL... more

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