Waukesha County

Answering a Small Claims Complaint

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:

  • Print the forms in PDF or
  • Complete the Word Fillable forms on-line

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
Number Name Downloads
  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 

PDF 

Word 

SC-5250   Notice of Counterclaim

PDF 

Word 

SC-506  Order for Financial Disclosure and Financial Disclosure Statement

PDF 

Word 

Small Claims Service Packet
Number  Name 

Downloads

  Basic Guide to Wisconsin Small Claims Actions  Word 
  Basic Steps to Small Claims Service  Word 
  Waukesha County Sheriff's Department FAQ's  Print 
SC-5100  Affidavit of Service (Eviction) 

PDF 

Word  

SC-5110  Affidavit of Service of SC-500 (Non-Eviction) Corporation or Limited Liability Company 

PDF 

Word 

SC-5120  Affidavit of Service of SC-500 (Non-Eviction) Individual/Sole Proprietorship/Partnership 

PDF 

Word 

SC-5160  Publication Notice and Summons 

PDF 

Word 

SC-5130  Affidavit of Mailing 

PDF 

Word