You are responsible for filing your claim, even if you have an attorney (which is not required).
The filing fee is $37 (plus $7 per additional defendant, if applicable).
The defendant must live or do business in Cleveland, OH or Bratenahl, or the cause of action must have occurred therein.
You must provide all the names and addresses of all defendants.
Additional documentation includes:
proof of your claim
written estimates of damage or loss (at the hearing)
The Ohio Secretary of State can verify proper names of businesses and their respective owners.
Clerks are available to provide assistance before 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
If filing by mail, you must include copies of your small claim for each defendant involved, as well payment of the filing fee, and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to receive a time-stamped copy with hearing date and payment receipt.