An answer is the formal document that tells the other party and the court the defendant's response to a lawsuit. It allows the defandant to indicate whether or not they object to the Plaintiff's claims and whether or not they have a counterclaim. In Waukesha County, Answers are required to be filed in every type of small claims case except Eviction. A written Answer must be filed with the court on or before the return date, with a copy provided to the Plaintiff. Once your Answer is filed and the matter is contested, all parties must attend mediation in an attempt to resolve the matter.
Answers are filed in Room C-167 of the Civil Division of the Waukesha County Courthouse. Additional information about this subject can be found in the Basic Guide to Wisconsin Small Claims Actions and in the Legal Research section of this site under the Small Claims heading.
Below you will find basic instructions for handling your court matter and most of the forms you will need to get from the beginning to the end of the process. You have the option to:
If a form is listed but not linked to a PDF or Word document, you must obtain that form from the office in which your matter is being handled.
Please keep in mind that not all forms are due at the same time. Review the Instructions provided to determine in what order to complete each form and other tasks required.
Hint: ONLY COMPLETE THE TASKS IN THE ORDER THEY ARE LISTED - Read ahead, but do not work ahead.
|Answering a Small Claims Complaint Packet|
|Basic Guide to Wisconsin Small Claims Actions||Word|
|Basic Steps for Filing and Answer to a Small Claims Complaint||Word|
|SC-5200||Answer and Counterclaim - Small Claims|
|SC-5250||Notice of Counterclaim|
|SC-506||Order for Financial Disclosure and Financial Disclosure Statement|
|Small Claims Service Packet|
|Basic Guide to Wisconsin Small Claims Actions||Word
|Basic Steps to Small Claims Service||Word
|Waukesha County Sheriff's Department FAQ's|
|SC-5100||Affidavit of Service (Eviction)|
|SC-5110||Affidavit of Service of SC-500 (Non-Eviction) Corporation or Limited Liability Company|
|SC-5120||Affidavit of Service of SC-500 (Non-Eviction) Individual/Sole Proprietorship/Partnership|
|SC-5160||Publication Notice and Summons|
|SC-5130||Affidavit of Mailing|