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.

Quitclaim Deeds in California

According to California law, a quitclaim deed is a document that enables you to relinquish and/or transfer real property interest, whether recorded or not, in land and or gas, mineral, or oil rights. Most people who sign quitclaim deeds do so when they are transferring the land to a family member. This is because a quitclaim deed does not "guarantee" the grantor has, in fact, valid ownership of the real estate property. Because the parties involved in gift transfer of ownership of real estate property and in quitclaim deeds are usually close family members, it is not necessary to hire a lawyer. In fact, it is a waste of money to hire a lawyer for something as simple as a quitclaim deed. The best choice is to hire a California registered legal document assistant to prepare your quitclaim deed.

By |2020-06-27T15:28:04-07:00June 27th, 2020|Estate Planning, Real Property|0 Comments

California Divorce and Remarriage Made Simple

If you have already divorced, remarriage may be a scary thought. The good news is that going into your second marriage, you have learned from the mistakes of your first. As long as your divorce from your previous marriage has become final, you can apply for a new marriage license right now. If your relationship status is in limbo because you and your ex separated years ago but never formalized your divorce, the time to act is now. Getting a divorce is easier than you think. You do not even need a lawyer, just a registered legal document assistant for your divorce documents.

By |2020-06-27T14:10:36-07:00June 27th, 2020|Divorce|0 Comments

What is a Quitclaim Deed?

If you want to transfer a real estate property, or your ownership interest in one, to someone else, you do not need to hire a lawyer. Giving your son or daughter a house is not a complex, risky legal process, but lawyers will charge you for it as if you are trying to accomplish a business merger. If you need to transfer property to a person or entity through a quitclaim deed, you should still have this document professionally prepared. The best person to prepare quitclaim documents in California is a non-attorney legal document assistant; unlike paralegals, legal document assistants are professionally qualified to work independently of lawyers and law firms.

By |2020-06-14T16:12:18-07:00June 14th, 2020|Estate Planning, Real Property|0 Comments

What is Community Property in California?

Fear of the financial hardships brought on by divorce is one of the factors that makes people stay in unhappy marriages until they become certain that divorce is the only option. Every couple that gets a divorce must divide their community property, and not all states have the same rules about how to divide a couple’s property in a divorce. California is a community property state, which means that each spouse gets an equal share of the net value of the couple’s community property in California. You do not need a lawyer to fight for your fair share of the community property in California. By law, you are already entitled to half of it. Therefore, unless you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement about some other issue, such as child custody, there is a good chance that you can finish your divorce without a lawyer. All you need is a registered legal document assistant to prepare your divorce documents.

By |2020-06-14T10:37:20-07:00June 14th, 2020|Divorce|0 Comments

Will vs Trust: How are They Different?

Estate planning can be confusing. How do you know whether you need a will vs a trust? You have been hearing it for most of your adult life, at least since you first bought a house or had children: You need to have a will in place. What if you found out that there is an even better way to transfer your property to your heirs? Basically you have two choices: a will vs a trust.

By |2020-06-13T11:58:20-07:00June 13th, 2020|Estate Planning|0 Comments

California Divorce Explained in Easy-to-Understand Terms

Uncontested divorce is not just for people who got married on a whim during a trip to Las Vegas and regretted saying “I do” as soon as the beer goggles came off. You can complete an uncontested divorce even if your marriage was long (over 10+ years) and you and your spouse own real estate together. So often, however, finding information that explains California divorce in easy-to-understand language is difficult. Here is what you need to know about California divorce and how you can find low-cost help.

By |2020-06-07T13:34:32-07:00June 7th, 2020|Divorce|0 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 |2020-06-04T09:58:48-07:00June 4th, 2020|Family Law|64 Comments

How to Get an Annulment in California

Getting an annulment in California depends upon certain ground and statutes of limitations. Read on to learn if an annulment is possible for your marriage. Then, if you decide to submit an application for an annulment without an attorney, contact A People's Choice for help filling out your legal documents.

By |2020-06-04T09:28:57-07:00June 4th, 2020|Family Law|2 Comments

How to Transfer a Family Law Case to Another California County

There are a few reasons parties may want to move their family law case to a different California county. For example, maybe the petitioner originally filed the case with the wrong court. On the other hand, perhaps the parties have moved and the current court is no longer convenient. Whatever the reasons for transferring a family law case, there are specific steps you must take to do so. Read on to learn more.

By |2020-06-03T13:51:21-07:00June 3rd, 2020|Family Law|70 Comments