David Giacalone of f/k/a writes this post about a New Hampshire bill that would reduce the jurisdictional limit in small claims court in New Hampshire from $5000 to $2500. Lest anyone think that this kind of legislation is a lawyers-relief bill in disguise, I can assure you that it is not. A case valued at $2500, particularly of the sort commonly brought in small claims (contract disputes, lost earnings, individual attempt to collect a debt) are rarely worthwhile for a lawyer to take or a client to bring. (do the math – it’s going to take a lawyer at least 3 hours to gather facts, draft a complaint and file suit, which is $450 at a rate of $150 an hour, plus at least $100 for filing fees. So you’re out $550 at the outset, even if the lawyer doesn’t bill another minute on the matter. For a $2500 matter, that’s 20 percent even before you start). So in the absence of small claims court, most of these claims simply won’t be brought at all.