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.

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

How to Get Letters of Administration in Probate

In order to get Letters of administration, a full probate is filed that requests the court to name as personal representative of the estate. The court issues Letters of Administration when there 1) is no will; 2) when there is a will, but the will doesn't name an executor; or 3) the named executor is deceased and there is no alternate person named to act.

By |2021-02-20T13:03:18-08:00February 9th, 2021|Probate|4 Comments

How to Get a Quick and Easy Divorce in California

The decision to divorce can be a painful one, so many people want to finish the process as quickly as possible. However, there is a specific timeline couples must follow before official termination of their marriage. Hiring a legal document preparation assistant can help you get a judgment within 45 days and avoid further waiting time for incomplete or incorrect forms.

By |2021-02-20T13:17:55-08:00February 8th, 2021|Divorce, Family Law|3 Comments

Read This if You are on the Fence About Signing a Prenuptial Agreement

It is understandable to have mixed emotions if your fiancé asks you about signing a prenuptial agreement, when you have never thought about doing so. A growing number of newlyweds are signing a prenuptial agreement as a way of making mature financial decisions and being honest with each other about their assets, debts, and feelings about financial obligations. An affordable way to get your prenuptial agreement accomplished is to have a California non-attorney legal document assistant prepare the prenup.

By |2021-02-07T14:23:52-08:00February 7th, 2021|Family Law|0 Comments

Getting Started With Your California Divorce Papers

California law aims to make the divorce process simple and not to place unnecessary financial burdens on couples who wish to end their marriages. Unfortunately, the self-service websites of the court systems of many California counties office basic California divorce papers and are confusing, making it easy to get discouraged. They also do not tell you that, in California, it is possible to have a non-attorney legal document assistant professionally prepare your California  divorce papers for a lower price than what law firms charge.

By |2021-02-07T13:14:47-08:00February 7th, 2021|Divorce|0 Comments

Revocable Trusts in California: An Estate Plan for Every Budget

When you hear about trusts in the context of estate planning, you probably think about trust fund babies and about sums of money that are so big that they cannot logically belong to individuals, much less to young people. Surprisingly, revocable trusts, also known as living trusts, can also offer many benefits to the 99%. If the value of your property is high enough that you do not qualify for any of the California simplified probate alternatives, then you could probably save your family members a lot of money by setting up a revocable trust.  The good news is that revocable trusts in California do not have to be expensive to set up! You can save yourself a lot of money by having a California non-attorney legal document assistant prepare your revocable trust documents, instead of an estate planning lawyer.

By |2021-02-07T12:29:00-08:00February 7th, 2021|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Prenuptial Agreements Protect Both Parties’ Legal Rights

Your family and friends might have expressed skepticism when you told them that you and your fiancé were planning on signing a prenuptial agreement. You can use prenups to protect your spouse from financial mistakes you made in the past and prevent resentment over your spouse’s generosity toward your stepchildren. Even better, you do not need a lawyer to make a legally valid prenuptial agreement. It is much more cost effective to have a California non-attorney legal document assistant prepare your prenup

By |2021-02-07T12:06:26-08:00February 7th, 2021|Family Law|0 Comments

Understanding California Child Custody Laws

Getting involved in child custody litigation is no fun, but it is some consolation that many people represent themselves in child custody cases, so it is not necessary to spend money you do not have on a lawyer. It is, however, a wise and affordable investment to have a California non-attorney legal document assistant prepare the court documents for your child custody case and navigating California child custody laws.

By |2021-02-07T11:44:31-08:00February 7th, 2021|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments

Understanding California Divorce Laws

Filing divorce in California without a lawyer IS possible! Using a legal document assistant such as A People's Choice could save you thousands of dollars on your case. However, self-representation also requires self-education. Here is a description of some of the most important California divorce laws for your reference! If you are navigating divorce without a lawyer, be sure to contact A People's Choice for more educational resources.

By |2021-02-10T07:55:59-08:00February 7th, 2021|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments