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.

What is a Dissolution of Marriage?

Marriage dissolution is the legal term for divorce. It is possible for many couples to dissolve their marriages without hiring lawyers or appearing before a judge. Using the professional services of a legal document assistant service like A People's Choice, to help you file your dissolution of marriage can save you thousands of dollars as compared to hiring an attorney.

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How to Get an Affordable Divorce in California

The best option for an affordable divorce is to hire someone with up-to-date expert knowledge on court documents and legal paperwork. That person is a legal document assistant, who holds a certificate verifying their extensive professional knowledge of California legal documents. Legal document assistants do not charge exorbitant hourly rates or bill you for every minute that any employee in their office devotes to your case.

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How to Have an Amicable Divorce

Keeping things professional instead of adversarial is what makes an amicable divorce amicable; hiring a certified legal document assistant can help you avoid blaming each other for excessive spending or clerical errors. Contact A People’s Choice to prepare the documents in your amicable divorce.

By |2020-11-22T13:44:34-08:00November 22nd, 2020|Divorce|0 Comments

Annulment vs. Divorce: What You Need to Know

When a court issues you an order of dissolution (divorce) or annulment of marriage, you become legally single. Therefore, you gain the right to enter a new legally valid marriage. The difference is that, in a divorce, you are considered to have been legally married before the divorce judgment. An annulment means that the court declares that your marriage was never legally valid.

By |2020-11-22T13:31:01-08:00November 22nd, 2020|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments

Understanding the California Divorce Process

Divorce is never truly painless in the way that getting a flu shot can be painless. It does not have to be financially ruinous, though. Sometimes, the hardest part of the California divorce process is getting started. If you choose a professional legal document assistant to prepare your divorce documents, you can be sure that you are following the California divorce process correctly, so that it will not cost you any more time and money than it needs to.

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How Does Collaborative Divorce Work?

Collaborative divorce can work well if you are committed to being professional about it. The bad news is that it is not cheap. Paying a lawyer for countless billable hours is not cheap under any circumstances. Who needs a collaborative divorce when you can have an amicable one? Instead of lawyers, talk to your spouse. Instead of going to a law office, talk at home. You and your spouse can decide together what each party wants out of the divorce. When you are ready, you can file the uncontested divorce paperwork. You do not have to go to court. You do not even need to involve any professionals, except a legal document assistant.

By |2020-11-22T12:21:47-08:00November 22nd, 2020|Divorce|0 Comments

How Much Does a Divorce Mediator Cost and Do You Really Need One?

Divorce mediation is often used as a first-step in trying to resolve disputed issues between divorcing couples. In most contested divorces, the parties are able to resolve their disputes using a divorce mediator, and they do not need to go to trial. Although mediation is arguably less painful than going to trial, it is not especially cheap. Sometimes couples don't actually need a divorce mediator but just a third-party helper to get them through the legal process. Instead of paying the cost of a divorce mediator, couples can spend a fraction of that money on document preparation services by a California legal document assistant and pocket the rest.

By |2020-11-22T12:04:56-08:00November 22nd, 2020|Divorce|0 Comments

What You Need to Know About Divorce Alimony

In California, spousal or partner support can be temporary or permanent. “Permanent alimony” can go on indefinitely. On the other hand, "temporary alimony" is awarded as a transitional stop-gap until the spouse receiving the alimony can get on their feet. Couples that are divorcing amicably can also agree to the amount and duration of the alimony in their marital settlement agreement. Alimony obligations usually have a pre-set end date. Sometimes, however, the obligation to pay divorce alimony is open-ended meaning the court retains the ability to modify or extend the support indefinitely.

By |2020-11-22T11:39:00-08:00November 22nd, 2020|Divorce|0 Comments