Many people could resolve their disputes without a lawyer if courts were easier to use. By simplifying court procedures and making small claims courts more available, states can help people minimize or eliminate the cost of hiring a lawyer. Small claims courts, which use simplified procedures, are designed to be used without a lawyer. While some states allow small claims cases up to $25,000 to be brought in these user-friendly courts, others have much lower dollar limits. This can force people to walk away from meritorious cases because their case is too large for small claims court but too small to make hiring a lawyer cost-effective.