Ask the Small Claims Court to Order Financial Disclosure
About the CourtFormPrep Program
The CourtFormPrep program will help you fill out a form. This form asks the court to order the other party to provide more information about their financial situation.
This program will produce a Motion for Financial Disclosure Hearing. You should only use this form after you won a small claims judgment from the court and it’s been more than 30 days without being paid.
You should use this interview if:
- you have an order from small claims court that says another person or business has to pay you money, and
- it has been more than 30 days since the judgment and you have not been paid, and
- you want to ask the court to enforce the order.
After accepting your motion, the court sends a form to the other party to ask for their financial information. The court sets a hearing to determine if and how the money can be collected from the other party. You can attend this hearing. At the hearing, you may find out that the other party has income that the court can’t garnish or collect, such as Social Security or other public benefits. The hearing will help you decide whether it is worth continuing to try to collect the money.
If you don’t have a judgment yet and you want to sue someone, do not use this form. Take a look at our Court Process: Small Claims Court page for more information.
Before you start, you will need:
- a copy of the judgment from the court
- the name and address of the person or company that owes you money
- the amount of money you are owed
Small claims court is designed for people who are representing themselves. You can hire a lawyer if you want to, but you are not required to hire a lawyer. If you decide to represent yourself in small claims court, you can get more information about what you will need to do and how small claims court works by reading:
- our Small Claims Court page
- our Court Process: Small Claims Court page
- the Vermont Judiciary’s small claims pages
Note: If you are suing on behalf of a corporation, in most cases you must hire an attorney. If you have questions on this, contact the Vermont Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service.
If you have any questions about these forms, review the CourtFormPrep Frequently Asked Questions.
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