I live on the east coast and my dispute is with a person in California. He has $30,000 of mine and has not lived up to our agreement. I have received nothing in return at this point. The amount involved seems to make hiring an attorney completely cost ineffective and small claims just wouldn't recover enough. I feel confident in my case and in my ability to learn what I need to learn to handle this from a "fly in and pro se it" approach. Any advice or experience with this would be greatly appreciated.
Lastly, my case largely relies on email correspondence. Is there a way to "certify" the emails I have from him? I don't mean swear that they are real, I mean a way to prove that they are genuine and not fabricated.