4. New Jersey Small Claims: (For your information only - not a legal advice)
You can file your New Jersey small claim suit in the county where your contractor lives or where his business is located.
To start your small claims lawsuit file a Small Claims Complaint and the summons with the Office of the Special Civil Part Clerk. The forms are available at any court. You can download New Jersey small claims information packet with all the forms and instructions here or from the New Jersey Courts On-Line Self-Help Center.
You can file in person or by mail. You will need an original and 2 copies of all the forms, plus two additional copies for each defendant. At the time of filing you will have to pay filing fee (currently $15 plus $2 for each additional defendant) and some processing fees (e.g. summons by mail $7 for each defendant). If filing by mail attach your check or money order to your forms.
You can find locations of the Office of the Special Civil Part Clerk here.
- Maximum monetary limit of claims: $3,000;
- Attorney: not required, but allowed;
- Right to appeal: yes, for both parties (within 45 days)
More information about New Jersey small claims section you can find here and here.
5. On-line complaints.
We collect all sorts of customer reviews, complaints, and comments here.
To post your comment on Google find your contractor in Google maps, and click the more info link next to the name of your contractor. On the following page, scroll down to Reviews by Google users and click on Rate and review link on the left.
There are many other websites that let you post comments and complaints about your contractor. Below you may find just a few examples:
1) http://www.ripoffreport.com (registration required),
Return to "the State's plumbing and contractor licensing departments".