About Sandy McCarthy

Sandra M. McCarthy, founder of A People’s Choice Inc., has worked exclusively in the legal field since 1976. She served as the 2004-2005 President of CALDA (California Association of Legal Document Assistants). She obtained a Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her career in the legal field, she has worked as a freelance paralegal, law office manager and paralegal studies teacher, and has co-authored numerous legal publications and written hundreds of self-help legal articles. As a registered Legal Document Assistant, Sandy is dedicated to providing affordable, low-cost, self-help document preparation services for California consumers in all 58 counties.

Understand and Compare the Differences Between Child Support and Family Support in California

When you compare California child support and family support, it is important to understand not only how they are calculated, but also what the different tax consequences are for each.

By | October 22nd, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Common Words Used in Estate Planning and What They Mean

Estate Planning can seem complicated if you do not understand common words used in estate planning and the terminology found in estate planning documents.

By | October 17th, 2017|Estate Planning|0 Comments

How to File Probate in San Joaquin County Without a Lawyer

Do you need to file probate in San Joaquin County? Are you shocked to find out how expensive to file probate in San Joaquin County through a probate attorney? Don't despair as there is another low-cost option that might pleasantly surprise you. Probate involves the court supervised process of paying a deceased person’s debts and [...]

By | October 14th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

How to File a California Probate in Contra Costa County Without a Probate Lawyer

Learn how to file probate in Contra Costa county without a lawyer. Discover how to access Contra Costa County probate notes, find a Contra Costa co. probate referee and more!

By | October 10th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

Trust or Will – What Estate Planning Tool is Best for You?

Creating an estate plan with a trust or will will make sure your wishes are followed and your family is taken care of after your death. These estate planning tools can help protect your assets and limit your tax liabilities.

By | October 8th, 2017|Estate Planning, Probate|0 Comments

A Father’s Rights in Custody – What California Courts Consider When Determining Father’s Rights

Lean how a California court views a father's rights in custody and visitation matters; what a father can do to protect their father's rights and what tactics are taken by mothers to affect a father's rights in custody.

By | October 1st, 2017|Family Law, Paternity|0 Comments

Attorney Fee Awards in Divorce and How California Courts Award Attorney Fees

During a divorce, one party may ask the court to request the other spouse to pay their attorney fees. An award of a spouse’s attorney fees may be an exorbitant amount of money. Attorney fee awards in divorce may be requested on a "need basis" or to penalize a party for sanctionable behavior. Below is [...]

By | September 24th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Adopting an Adult Stepchild in California – Understanding The Benefits, Steps, Forms and Process

Learn about adopting an adult stepchild in California and how to complete the adult adoption without hiring an attorney.

By | September 22nd, 2017|Adoption|0 Comments

Long Term vs Short Term Marriage in Divorce and What You Need to Know About the 10 Year Rule

Learn what issues are influenced by a long term vs short term marriage in divorce, particularly the impact on a California spousal support order.

By | September 19th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

How to File Probate in Mono County Without an Attorney

Learn how to file probate in Mono county without a lawyer. Discover tips on how to find a mono probate referee, where to locate mono county local rules for probate cases and more!

By | September 19th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments