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.

Divorce and Social Security Spousal Benefits

When a couple is terminating their marriage, they often have questions about the correlation of divorce and social security spousal benefits a party may be entitled to. If your marriage was for more than ten years, you can claim Social Security spousal benefits on the entire earning history of your ex-spouse. This is commonly called [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Child Support For Special Needs Children

Child support for special needs children - not a topic that most families are faced having to discuss, however approximately 20% of couples have at least one special needs child. California courts require parents to financially support their special needs child (regardless of their age). An order of child support for special needs children may [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Conservatorship, Family Law|0 Comments

Common Errors in California Probate

It is common for people to make errors when attempting to probate their loved one’s estate. A People’s Choice recommends having a professional legal document preparer draft all probate documents to make sure the paperwork is accurate and properly completed. Below is an overview of the common errors in California probate that can easily be [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

What is a Medallion Guarantee?

A medallion guarantee, also referred to as a medallion signature guarantee, is used when buying or selling physical stock and bond certificates. A medallion guarantee is used to prove that the stock or bond owner has the right to sign over his/her rights to the assets being sold. A medallion guarantee may also be used [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|Estate Planning, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Practical and Simple Estate Planning Tips

Contrary to popular belief, estate planning is not a complicated process. At A People’s Choice, we have successfully helped many California residents set up a trust, will, durable power of attorney, advanced healthcare directive, and other estate planning documentation. Proper estate planning can be helpful before and after one's death. For example, good estate planning [...]

By | January 2nd, 2017|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Assets Commonly Left Out of Trust in Error

It is not uncommon for a person to forget to transfer assets into his/her trust. Contact A People’s Choice if you need help creating and funding a trust in California.  Yes, it is important to create a living trust so your estate will avoid probate. However it is equally important to make sure your trust [...]

By | January 2nd, 2017|Estate Planning|0 Comments

How to Put a Bank Account into a Trust

You have created your living trust and are getting your estate plans in order.  The next step is making sure your living trust is properly funded with all of your assets. When you put a bank account into a trust, doing so will avoid having to administer the bank account in a probate proceeding. It [...]

By | January 1st, 2017|Estate Planning|0 Comments

File Probate in Riverside County

If you need to file probate in Riverside County, A People’s Choice can help you. Probate attorneys in Riverside County are expensive. This is due to the fact that California law allows attorneys in Riverside County and elsewhere to charge statutory fees for all estates that require administration through a full probate. Unfortunately, these statutory [...]

By | December 31st, 2016|Probate|0 Comments

How to Close a Probate Estate in California

There are many steps in the California probate process, the last of which is closing the probate case. In order to close a probate estate in California, the appointed personal representative must file a petition with the probate court which reports everything he/she has done in regards to the estate. The personal representative must file [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|Probate|2 Comments

Custody and Timeshare in California

In California, either parent may have joint custody of their children. A parent can also be awarded sole custody if the other parent presents a serious threat to the safety and welfare of his/her child. In every divided family going through divorce or legal separation or in matters of paternity, custody and timeshare is foundational [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|Family Law|2 Comments