Talk to the person or business you are thinking about suing. Try to work things out. If you owe the other person money, pay it or try to work out a payment plan before the court date.
Try mediation or other alternatives to lawyers and courts. You can try mediation throughout your case, even if it does not work now.
Learn about how small claims court works. Go to the courthouse and watch a small claims hearing. That way you will know what to expect. Read this website, get help from your court’s small claims advisor, and use the different resources this website gives you.