My home improvement contractor did such a substandard job that I need to hire someone else to redo all of his work. Regretfully, I paid him 1/3 up front but I refused to pay him the rest. This project will end up costing 1/3 more plus all this time and hassle of finding another contractor. On top of all that the contractor has now sued me and I have been summoned to small claims court.
On the summons it says that I cannot bring an attorney with me to court. Should I still consult a lawyer? If so what type of lawyer should I look for and how can he or she help me with this matter? What should I expect at court? What can I do to prepare?