About Sandy McCarthy

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.

How to File for Divorce in California Without a Lawyer

Filing for divorce can be expensive and time-consuming. Plus, it becomes complicated when the two parties don't agree on the issues at hand. If you're looking for a cheap, simple divorce, you may want to forego hiring an attorney. Read on for an explanation of the divorce process in California, and to determine whether you would be eligible to represent yourself in court.

By |2020-04-01T10:09:01-07:00April 2nd, 2020|Family Law|0 Comments

Using a California Small Estate Probate Affidavit

Which California small estate probate affidavit can help you transfer real or personal property to beneficiaries in small estates and avoid probate? A California small estate probate affidavit is a quick way to transfer real property under $55,425 and personal property under $166,250. Here is what you need to know about settling estates using a California small estate probate affidavit.

By |2020-04-01T11:31:13-07:00April 1st, 2020|Estate Planning, Probate, Real Property|0 Comments

What are My Duties as Executor of a Will?

In California, most people who put together an estate plan appoint someone as executor of their will. One of the main duties as executor of a will is to carry out the decedent's wishes after they die. If you are the executor of a will, your duties begin when you open the estate for probate with the court. They do not end until the estate settles and every beneficiary gets his or her share of the estate. California law acknowledges that being an executor of a will is a real job, so if you need help with the probate documents, rely on a professional. Contact A People’s Choice to help you prepare and file the forms for California probate.

By |2020-03-31T17:15:55-07:00March 31st, 2020|Probate|0 Comments

What is an Administrator of an Estate?

The administrator of an estate is responsible for wrapping up a deceased person’s financial and legal affairs while the estate is in probate. The duties of the executor of a will and the administrator of an estate are very similar. As the administrator of the estate, you have a fiduciary duty to the estate to act in the best interest of the beneficiaries. The most affordable way to make sure that you administer the estate correctly is to have a registered legal document assistant prepare and file the probate forms for the estate.

By |2020-03-31T16:33:16-07:00March 31st, 2020|Probate|0 Comments

How Much Does it Cost to Adopt a Child?

The cost to adopt a child varies from one case to another. All adoptions involve, at minimum, the costs of filing certain adoption forms with the court, but they do not need to include lawyers’ fees on top of the other expenses. You can save money on the adoption process by having a registered legal document assistant prepare your adoption forms instead of a lawyer.

By |2020-03-31T17:54:30-07:00March 31st, 2020|Adoption|0 Comments

When a Spouse Dies – Legal Checklist and Important Questions Answered

When a spouse dies, funeral arrangements and grieving with family members can make settling the deceased's estate that much more challenging. To simplify the process, we've created a legal checklist and answered your most common questions to ensure you don't miss any important steps. If you need assistance during this difficult time, give A People's Choice a call.

By |2020-03-31T10:11:07-07:00March 31st, 2020|Estate Planning, Probate, Real Property|1 Comment

How Does Filing Bankruptcy Affect Credit Score?

Anyone considering filing bankruptcy has probably wondered how filing will affect their credit score. While filing bankruptcy in California may impact your credit score, you might be surprised to learn that it may not necessarily have a negative impact! If you are filing or considering filing bankruptcy, read on to learn more about how it will affect your credit score and what you can do to keep it as high as possible.

By |2020-03-29T16:43:12-07:00March 29th, 2020|Bankruptcy|0 Comments

LegalZoom vs. Nolo vs. Rocket Lawyer & A People’s Choice – Compare Legal Document Services

If you're looking for a legal document preparation service, a simple Google search will present a plethora of a results - but how can you know which service is best? In this post we'll compare LegalZoom, Nolo, and Rocket Lawyer, three of the most popular legal document services, and also alert you of some of their dangers. Read on to learn more!

By |2020-03-29T16:40:25-07:00March 28th, 2020|Legal Document Assistants, Miscellaneous|0 Comments