Can I take someone to small claims court with only a first name and a phone number?

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Can I take someone to small claims court with only a first name and a phone number?

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Asked on February 16, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Georgia

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S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You will need the last name to file your lawsuit with the court.  You will need to have the summons and complaint (the complaint is the lawsuit attached to the summons) served on the defendant.  The process server may be able to obtain the last name of the defendant.  Your damages (the amount of compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit) should also include court costs such as the court filing fee and process server fee.  You can find process servers listed under attorney services in the Yellow Pages or online.  You will need the last name of the defendant prior to filing the lawsuit with the court which occurs before it goes to the process server.  You can contact a process server to obtain the last name of the defendant and then if you want to after filing the lawsuit, use the same process server to serve the summons and complaint on the defendant.


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