About Elizabeth Freitas

Sandra M. McCarthy, founder of A People’s Choice, 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. Sandy is dedicated to the expansion of affordable, low-cost, self-help document preparation.

The Difference Between Joint Tenancy and Community Property With Right of Survivorship

Right of survivorship is an important legal right that allows property owners to keep property in the event of the co-owner's death. Some states offer right of survivorship in the form of community property. However, community property with right of survivorship has additional restrictions and different tax implications than joint tenancy. Read on to learn more and determine which type of co-ownership is right for you.

By |2021-04-08T13:57:30-07:00April 7th, 2021|Real Property|21 Comments

Probate Form 13100 Affidavit For Small Estates

Under certain circumstances, personal property may be transferred to the decedent’s successors without a formal probate court process. Under California’s Probate Code Section 13100-13116, the successors in interest may file a small estate affidavit with the person or institution which has custody of the property for personal property with total value under $166,250.

By |2021-04-07T19:16:55-07:00April 4th, 2021|Probate|6 Comments

Understanding The Six Month Waiting Period for Divorce in California

What is California's six month waiting period for divorce, and what does it mean for you? Oftentimes, this period is also referred to as the "cooling off" time for couples to determine if they'd like to reconcile. Additionally, it establishes the first day individuals may legally remarry. Read on to learn more about the six month waiting period in California divorce and how A People's Choice can help you.

By |2021-04-24T15:34:52-07:00April 4th, 2021|Divorce, Family Law|74 Comments

What is a Probate Referee in California?

If you are settling an estate through the probate process, most likely you will need a probate referee. The role of a probate referee is to appraise property in the estate.  A probate referee is a professional, usually an attorney, a certified public accountant, or a person with several years of professional experience in property appraisal.  [...]

By |2021-03-08T06:49:58-08:00March 6th, 2021|Probate|10 Comments

California Living Trust Checklist

With our living trust preparation checklist, a DIY trust is possible! Plus, by working with a registered legal document assistant such as A People's Choice, you can avoid high attorney's fees for help drafting your trust. Read on for our complete California living trust checklist and to learn more about the necessary actions that come along with writing a trust.

By |2021-03-08T07:07:49-08:00March 4th, 2021|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Difference Between Power of Attorney and Conservatorship

Have you found yourself needing to care for a loved one who no longer can handle their own personal needs or finances? At A People’s Choice, we have helped California residents prepare power of attorneys or file a court conservatorship so they can handle the financial and medical desires of a loved one. But here's the problem. How do you know what process will give you the authority you need to handle your loved one's affairs? The following information is aimed at helping you understand the difference between power of attorney and conservatorship,

By |2021-02-23T08:03:20-08:00February 18th, 2021|Conservatorship, Estate Planning|4 Comments