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.

Steps to Get Guardianship in California

There are times that parents may be unable to take care of their child(ren). It may be necessary for a relative or other adult to step in. To take responsibility for the child, a non-parent must take steps to get guardianship in California. Guardianship does not necessarily mean the parent is doing something wrong. There are many reasons another adult may need to get guardianship of a minor.

By |2019-07-08T20:54:24-07:00July 8th, 2019|Guardianship|0 Comments

How to Amend a Divorce Petition

Sometimes after you file divorce, you discover you need to change or correct your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Usually, you must amend a divorce petition because there was a mistake in the original filing. Sometimes a person amends the petition to change the case from divorce to legal separation or vice versa. This is not unusual, but it is important you handle the process correctly. Fortunately, you usually don't need a lawyer to amend a divorce petition. A People's Choice can help you throughout your divorce process, even if you need to make changes.

By |2019-07-10T19:00:48-07:00July 8th, 2019|Family Law|0 Comments

How to File Divorce in Riverside County

To file divorce in Riverside County, you must meet specific residency requirements. One of the parties in the divorce must have lived in California for at least six months. Also, that same party must have resided in Riverside County for at least three months to file there. The residence of the Petitioner or the Respondent can qualify. If one of the parties doesn't meet this residency requirement, consider filing for legal separation to allow time to meet residency requirements. Once you meet those requirements, you can move forward with your divorce filing in Riverside County.

By |2019-07-07T17:43:37-07:00July 7th, 2019|Family Law|0 Comments

What is a Joinder?   

Legal proceedings can be a complicated process. Sometimes, unexpected people and parties have an interest in the legal process. When this is the case, you must add them to the legal proceedings before you can fully resolve the case. You will use a joinder to do this. So what is a Joinder, and how does it affect a legal matter?

By |2019-07-06T18:47:53-07:00July 6th, 2019|Civil litigation, Family Law|0 Comments

Steps to Divide Retirement in Divorce

Most couples think their most valuable community property asset is their house. Surprisingly, however, the most valuable asset is often their retirement plan. Just as with other community assets, a divorcing couple must settle retirement division. In general, the law considers retirement benefits accrued during the marriage until the time of separation as community property. This article will explain the steps to divide retirement in divorce.

By |2019-07-06T18:56:13-07:00July 6th, 2019|Family Law|0 Comments

Serving Legal Documents With No Address

A court will not hear a case until the defendant or the opposing party has personally received a court summons and a copy of the complaint or petition. Usually, defendants receive these documents by personal delivery, substituted service, or service by mail. Unfortunately, serving legal documents gets complicated without the defendant's address. Here's what you need to know when serving legal documents with no address.

By |2019-07-06T18:59:57-07:00July 6th, 2019|Civil litigation, Family Law|0 Comments

How to Finish Divorce in California

Obtaining a divorce in California is complicated and, as a result, can be a lengthy process. Some couples end up feeling as though they will never finish divorce in California and remain forever married. No matter what, there is always a minimum six-month waiting period before the divorce can be final, and the parties declared single. The final Judgment comes after the settlement, which covers property division, spousal support, and child custody and support. All in all, the divorce process can take a long time, particularly if you are trying to complete it on your own, without professional help.

By |2019-07-06T19:04:13-07:00July 6th, 2019|Family Law|0 Comments

Steps to Get Guardianship in California

There are times that parents may be unable to take care of their child(ren). It may be necessary for a relative or other adult to step in. To take responsibility for the child, a non-parent must take steps to get guardianship in California. Guardianship does not necessarily mean the parent is doing something wrong. There are many reasons another adult may need to get guardianship of a minor.

By |2019-07-06T19:07:20-07:00July 6th, 2019|Guardianship|0 Comments

How to File Probate in Colusa County

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need an attorney to file probate in Colusa County. Most people can complete the probate process without hiring an attorney. However, when you file probate in Colusa County, expect the process to take between 7-9 months to complete. In this regard, because of the many steps involved in probate, you definitely will need some professional legal help to complete the process. A People's Choice can help you file probate in Colusa County. Contact us today to find out more information on our probate legal document preparation services.

By |2019-07-06T19:12:29-07:00July 6th, 2019|Probate|0 Comments

The Pitfalls of California’s Transfer on Death Deed

If you wish to avoid estate planning, advisers may recommend California's Transfer on Death Deed. Once you file this deed with the county, theoretically your properties will automatically transfer to named beneficiaries without probate. Since the forms associated with this transfer are inexpensive to record and fully revocable, the concept often feels like the answer to a prayer. Unfortunately, these transfers have many drawbacks.

By |2019-07-08T12:39:42-07:00July 4th, 2019|Real Property|0 Comments
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