Parties to a Smalls Claims action (or their representatives) should be familiar with the Rules of the Small Claims Court (CanLII), particularly the rules pertaining to methods of service and procedural deadlines. Failing to meet a deadline may jeopardize your case, and is likely to be costly. Never put off responding to a claim or motion.
A successful claim has a number of essential elements. It is advisable to have a paralegal (or student-at-law) draft, or at least review, your claim before it is issued and served. If you have been served with a claim, even if you consider it frivolous, it is a good idea to consult a paralegal as soon as possible.