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.

File Probate in Monterey County

At A People's Choice, we can help you file your Monterey County probate matter at an affordable price. Many people are unaware that it is not necessary to hire a lawyer to file probate in Monterey County. Nowadays, probate attorneys are becoming somewhat unnecessary in estates where the heirs and beneficiaries are in agreement and [...]

By | May 7th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

File Probate in San Luis Obispo County

Learn cost-saving tips to file probate in San Luis Obispo County. Hiring a probate attorney isn't necessary when using our non-attorney probate services.

By | May 6th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

File Probate in Imperial County

It is a fairly straightforward process to file probate in Imperial County. More importantly, despite common beliefs, you do not have to hire an attorney to file probate in Imperial County.  From filing the petition, to submitting documents to the probate examiner, probating an estate does not require a person to have a substantial legal [...]

By | May 1st, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

Probate vs Heggstad – When Filing Probate is Better

Your loved one has passed and they had a living trust. Unfortunately you learn that one of their real estate properties was not under the name of the trust. You are faced with the decision - file a probate vs Heggstad petition. You may be surprised to learn that sometimes filling probate may be better [...]

By | April 29th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

Fees and Costs to Probate in California

Potential probate clients who phone our office often ask "what are the costs to probate in California?" Not surprising, the answer will depend on who you choose to help you with the process. Most lawyers charge by the hour or collect a flat fee when representing clients. However, when filing a  California probate, statutory provisions [...]

By | April 29th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

Probate Attorney Alternatives in California

Probating an estate may feel overwhelming at times and can be very expensive using an attorney. From completing all the probate forms to making court appearances, most people consider hiring an attorney to handle their probate matters. Though it may be convenient to hire an attorney, hiring one is not required under California’s probate laws. [...]

By | April 29th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

Thrift Savings Plan Retirement Division in Divorce

A Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement system and plan for federal employees, military personnel and reservists. Congress established the plan in 1986. The federal TSP is a defined contribution plan. This means the amount of money a plan participant receives from the plan depends on how much he/she contributed throughout his/her working years. The [...]

By | April 29th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

How to Transfer Real Property Title

If you need to transfer real property title in California, you will be pleased to know that the process is quite simple with the right help. Property deeds are used to memorialize the transfer in the County Recorder's office. In the past, title companies offered the services of preparing deeds. Over the years, that service [...]

By | April 28th, 2017|Real Property|0 Comments

Cheap Probate Options in California

Despite common belief, you do not have to hire an attorney to probate an estate in California. Most estate executors or administrators often believe they are not capable of probating an estate without legal representation by a probate attorney. This is simply not true. Unless estate assets are in controversy with family members or creditors, [...]

By | April 28th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

Learn the Advantage of an LLC vs Sole Proprietorship

If your business is set up as a sole proprietorship in California, you may be surprised to discover the advantage of an LLC. Changing your sole proprietorship to a Limited Liability Company (LLC) may be in your best interest. A Limited Liability Company protects a business owner from personal liability associated with the business. There [...]

By | April 19th, 2017|Business|0 Comments