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.

Best Divorce Service in California

Every divorce is unique. The best legal services for your divorce are not the same as the best legal services for someone else’s. The best divorce service in California is one that is inexpensive and knows the tricks to complete a California divorce without a lot of hassle and cost. Here are some tips that will help you find the best divorce service in California without breaking the bank.

By |2020-01-01T17:05:13-08:00January 1st, 2020|Divorce, Family Law|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 |2020-01-02T10:52:13-08:00January 1st, 2020|Probate|0 Comments

The DE-111 Petition for Probate

On its face, the DE-111 petition for probate looks fairly simple. We often receive calls from people who wonder why they need to hire someone to prepare such a simple-looking document. Unfortunately, to file a DE-111 petition for probate you will need several different forms and attachments. Although the DE-111 appears, on its face, to be somewhat simple, the completed documents with the required special attachments can be complicated. Surprisingly, a properly completed Petition is typically 15-20 pages!

By |2020-01-02T10:53:38-08:00January 1st, 2020|Probate|0 Comments

Hiring a California Probate Paralegal

Probate is the process through which the court settles the financial affairs of a recently deceased person. The process can take 2-12 months, and most people do not need to hire a lawyer to get through it. Some people choose to hire an expensive lawyer and then work with the attorney's California probate paralegal. But there is another choice. Hiring a registered legal document assistant (LDA) for help with your probate forms is a better idea that will save the estate thousands of dollars!

By |2020-01-02T10:54:59-08:00January 1st, 2020|Probate|4 Comments

California Simplified Probate Procedures Allow Transfer of Real Property

Use California simplified probate procedures to transfer real property valued under $166,250, and bypass expensive probate. California simplified probate procedures can be used to transfer personal property as well as real property and can be completed within 1-2 months. Make sure you know your probate options!

By |2020-01-02T12:44:00-08:00January 1st, 2020|Estate Planning, Probate, Real Property|8 Comments

How to Find a Probate Attorney

Being the personal representative of an estate is a big responsibility. When a parent or family member has passed away, you may think you need to find a probate attorney to settle the estate.  Lawyers’ services can be expensive, though. After talking with a probate lawyer, however, you might decide that a better choice is to hire a registered legal document assistant to prepare your probate forms. Here's what you need to know.

By |2019-12-15T17:03:25-08:00December 15th, 2019|Probate|0 Comments

How to Find a Divorce Attorney

How do you find the right divorce attorney? Some law firms dedicate themselves to specific kinds of cases. For example, some divorce lawyers only deal with situations in which the divorcing couple has a high net worth. Other divorce attorneys may choose only to represent fathers. Divorce lawyers set their own prices, but there is really no such thing as an inexpensive divorce attorney. The reality is that most people who want to get divorced cannot afford to hire a lawyer. That is why do-it-yourself divorce services have become so popular.

By |2019-12-15T16:00:47-08:00December 15th, 2019|Divorce|0 Comments

How to Set Up a Nonprofit in California

California law uses the term “nonprofit corporation” as a company that doesn't distribute profits to its directors or officers the way a corporation does. It may earn income by engaging in business activities, and it may have paid employees. With this in mind, however, it is not a conventional business in which the owners get a share of the profits. Religious organizations, social clubs, and charities are all eligible for nonprofit corporation status in California. You don't need a lawyer to set up a nonprofit corporation, but you should have your documents prepared by a qualified professional. The best choice is to hire a registered legal document assistant to prepare your forms.

By |2019-12-01T17:20:05-08:00December 1st, 2019|Business|0 Comments

Do You Need a Divorce Lawyer?

Although you may think you need a divorce lawyer, often it isn't necessary. If you decide that you don't, then consider hiring a legal document assistant to prepare your divorce documents. For many people, this is is the safest and most cost-effective option and you can save money on routine divorce documents that don't require attorney expertise.

By |2019-12-01T20:49:55-08:00December 1st, 2019|Divorce|0 Comments

Steps for A Name Change in California

Sometimes we just hate the name our parents gave at birth. If you are at least 18 years old, fortunately you can choose what name you want people to call you! The steps for a name change in California are very straight-forward. All it takes is filing some documents with the court, publishing your request and attending a court hearing. Hiring a registered legal document assistant to prepare your legal name change forms will make sure that you get your name is legally changed in a fast and cost-effective manner.

By |2019-12-01T15:46:14-08:00December 1st, 2019|Name Change|0 Comments