Pursuant to California Rules of Civil Procedure, parties in small claims cases are not allowed to have attorneys represent them in court. However, you are allowed to consult with an attorney about the merit of your case, how to present the evidence, and what to argue on the day of your hearing.
Michael Rooney Law Office, P.C. is available to small claims litigants in all California counties to help select the proper venue, draft, organize, serve, and write the argument for their cases. In the alternative to paying an attorney, most counties offer complimentary advice on how to fill in forms, with those resources available here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-advisors.htm