So a friend that I have lent money to in the past and paid me back, asked if they could borrow some again, and would pay interest. He said multiple times that he would definitely pay me back. After the initial term, he offered to pay me back but would like to roll it over for another, and I agreed. Then another, and I said that was the final. Then excuses came. This was all discussed via Facebook messages, outlining interest rates, dates, time frames, etc. Is that useful? Over the last year, he has come up with excuses as to why he is late and has again said he will pay me back. At one stage, he did pay me some and then in March, he agreed to a fortnightly payment plan for the remaining amount, but I received no payments. Now he is avoiding me. He has set up a new business and says he is too busy to reply and has apparently taken a $500k bank loan to do so. The amount owing is about $25k now, but I would be happy for only $20k or maybe less. Are Facebook messages enough for small claims court? Would small claims court be my best bet at reclaiming the personal loan with interest involved, or do they only do fixed amounts? Any help would be appreciated. Or questions if I haven't been clear about anything. Thanks in advance.