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.

Legal Blog – Helping People Represent Themselves in Legal Matters

Welcome to our online legal blog! We designed this blog and our entire website for people who want to save money, are not afraid of the legal system and want to learn how to handle their legal matter without hiring an attorney. You will find our blog an excellent resource for legal information and news. We post several new articles each week covering different legal topics of interest. Subscribe to our blog to keep up on various legal issues or expand your legal knowledge, and receive notification of new articles.

Online QDRO Preparation – What You Need to Know

Don't settle for just any online QDRO preparation service. Did you know that most online QDRO services only prepare the forms? In other words, they do not provide the additional services you will require to actually complete the QDRO process. Remember, the actual division of the retirement account is only complete once a QDRO has been prepared, pre-approved by the Plan Administrator, signed by the parties, signed by the Judge, filed in the court case and a certified copy provided to the Plan.

By |2019-11-03T14:44:25-08:00November 3rd, 2019|Family Law|0 Comments

What are the Forms to File Guardianship in California?

Filing for guardianship of a minor in California is just a matter of submitting the proper forms, but there are a lot of them, and you must fill them out thoroughly and accurately. Keep in mind, every guardianship case is different. It is possible to complete the forms to file guardianship without hiring a lawyer, but they are complicated, and if you make mistakes, it will significantly delay the process. Your best option is to have a registered legal document assistant to prepare the guardianship forms for you.

By |2019-11-03T13:14:37-08:00November 3rd, 2019|Guardianship|0 Comments

Ways to Collect a Money Judgment

It can be a challenge to collect payment from someone who owes you money. Sadly, most debtors don't pay their judgment, even after the judge orders it. Creditors have several legal ways to collect court-ordered Judgments. It is, however, essential to follow the legal procedures and rules. Hiring an attorney for this can be very expensive, and you may not recover your monies. The safest and most inexpensive option is to have a registered legal document assistant prepare the forms required to collect on your California judgment.

By |2019-11-03T12:24:21-08:00November 3rd, 2019|Civil litigation|0 Comments

Forms Needed to Adopt an Adult in California

Adult adoption is not available in all states. However, under California law, one adult can adopt another adult, thus creating a legal parent-child relationship between them. The forms needed to adopt an adult in California will vary from county to county. Fortunately, you do not need to hire a lawyer to prepare forms needed to adopt an adult in California. With this in mind, since the process requires custom pleadings, it is a good idea to hire a legal document assistant to prepare them.

By |2019-10-27T16:14:47-08:00October 27th, 2019|Adoption|0 Comments

Selling Personal Property During Probate

Sometimes, it is necessary to sell some of the decedent's assets during probate in order to pay the debts. Another reason to sell property during probate is because selling a property and dividing the proceeds among several heirs is much easier than having the heirs share the inherited asset. California’s Probate Code has different rules that govern how to sell property during probate. The difference is whether the court grants to personal representative limited authority or full authority.

By |2019-10-27T18:10:38-08:00October 27th, 2019|Probate|0 Comments

Preparing Forms for a Living Trust in California

Estate planning on your part will make life easier for your family when it is time to settle your estate. Writing a will is a good start, but having a will doesn't avoid probate if your estate has a value of $150,000. Creating the required forms for a living trust, also known as a revocable trust, is an easy solution to this problem. A trust enables your trust assets to pass directly to your heirs, avoiding probate altogether.

By |2019-10-27T08:11:39-08:00October 27th, 2019|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Do You Need a Probate Lawyer?

People often think they need a probate lawyer to file probate. After all, the probate process requires filing many court documents and completing a variety of tasks over a 9 to 12-month period. Fortunately, probate is mostly paperwork and knowing how to move the case through the court process. So, although you may not need a probate lawyer, it is crucial to complete the paperwork and file the documents correctly. Hiring an experienced probate legal document assistant is a great way to avoid paying statutory fees to attorneys and save the estate thousands of dollars.

By |2019-10-27T17:30:11-08:00October 1st, 2019|Probate|0 Comments

How to File Probate in Del Norte County

Do you need to file probate in Del Norte County? Contact A People’s Choice to learn more about the legal document preparation services we provide to pro se litigants. You don't need to hire an expensive probate attorney to file probate in Del Norte County. A People's Choice can help you complete the forms you need to start and complete the probate process, and save the estate thousands of dollars in legal fees.

By |2019-09-08T17:26:40-08:00September 8th, 2019|Probate|0 Comments