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Theland | 16:22 Thu 09th Aug 2018 | Law
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An unemployed friend has asked me for advice.
He is owed £7000 by his sister.
He has no money whatsoever but is desperate.
He has had a bailiff call because he is behind with his rent.
He has no money to fund the forms foe a county court claim.
Is there anything I can advise him?

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Lend him the £40 to file but it's only worth doing if she has the money for someone to obtain from her, if she's skint forget it entirely and I think there's a £5k limit on claims in the CC as well. x
erm does she have the moolah
and what did she say when he asked for the money or some of the money

yeah I agree - give him the money to file
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If it's only £40 I will do that, but a quick look on the county court web site led me to believe it was in excess of £400 and I haven't got that.
How does he file? Where does he get the paperwork?
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She ignored him and paid for a holiday for her family instead.
the answers are here
if you knock around Law
Bueno (Chris) has done a long one ( more than once) on MCOL which is where he starts ....

https://www.gov.uk/make-money-claim

and he now has to do it electronically - but so what
and it gets filed to the nearest court nearest to one party - defendant I think
The fees to claim between £5001 - £10,000 appear to be in excess of £400:-

https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/court-fees

If your friend has low income or is in receipt of certain benefits s/he may get help from the courts

https://www.gov.uk/get-help-with-court-fees

The eligibility criteria and application form can be found here:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-help-with-court-and-tribunal-fees#details
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Many thanks all.
Got to go out, so will study the links later.
I wouldnt get too close to this case
it sounds an absolute dog
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I am so stressed out over this.
It is very close and personal.
Thank you for your advice and support.
He could tell her he's planning to go to the claims court but would be happy to negotiate something - maybe £2000 down payment then £100-200 a month for 2-3 years, or perhaps take £5000 in full and final settlement and put the loss down to experience
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FF - thank you. I was toying with such an idea myself.
I shall try and suggest this as some kind of mediation.
Oh I could do without all of this.
Is his sister in employment or own her own house? Doe she have any savings or own any other assets? If the answer to these questions is no then taking out a claim will not get him his money back unfortunately.

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