I Loaned $1200 to a friend in CA who said he was being evicted. I have documentation that it's a loan and western union receipts that he received it. It's been 18 months. I have documentation he keeps saying he will pay but has not. I am in NV.
You can go to California and sue your friend (you'll need to make sure you're in the proper small claims court). To sue a CA resident in NV you would need to sue in Federal Court and your amount of dispute is likely too small to meet the required minimum threshold.
You will have to go to CA and file a small claims action there. The facts as you have described, do not give NV courts jurisdiction over this case.
You can sue someone in any sate. The issue is where you have to file suit. You can try federal court, but if it is not over a matter of federal law you have to meet a couple of other tests, one of which is that the amount at issue has to be at least $75,000. The other is diversity, which you apparently meet, although in some cases it can get complicated. Since you don't meet the dollar amount, it has to be in state court and unless you have an agreement selecting venue the safest state court is the state of the party you wish to sue, here California. So, you can sue in California state court. Since the amount in question is $1200 you qualify to bring the case in small claims court which is the easiest, least expensive, and generally quickest way to proceed. You do not have to have an attorney, but one is always advisable if the cost makes sense.
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