About Sandra 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. She has co-authored numerous legal publications and written hundreds of self-help legal articles and is dedicated to the expansion of affordable, low-cost, self-help document preparation.

How to File for Conservatorship in Lake County, CA

Do you need help learning how to file for conservatorship in Lake County, California? Obtaining a conservatorship can be a lengthy process, but it's well worth it to protect your loved one who needs help. For disabled persons, those suffering from mental illness, or others who simply can't manage their daily tasks, a conservatorship can [...]

By |2023-05-12T06:45:48-07:00April 27th, 2022|California Courts, Family Law, Probate|0 Comments

How Independent Adoption in California Works

The adoption process has been around for thousands of years, with roots extending to the ancient Roman Empire and beyond. This legal process establishes a parent-child relationship between adoptive parents and an adopted child. If your family is planning on becoming an adoptive family and you're a resident of California rather than the Roman Empire, [...]

By |2023-05-12T06:45:56-07:00April 25th, 2022|Adoption, California Courts, Family Law|0 Comments

How Much Does Adoption Cost in California?

Adoption is a beautiful thing. It's the official legal process of assigning parental rights to adoptive parents, making the adopted child a legal part of the family. Nonetheless, adoption comes with its fair share of worries, and the cost is one of them. This leaves many Californians wondering, "How much does adoption cost in California? [...]

By |2023-05-12T06:46:48-07:00April 20th, 2022|Adoption, California Courts, Family Law|0 Comments

How to File for Divorce in San Francisco County

There is no such thing as an absolutely painless separation. That being said, dissolving your marriage does not need to be an acutely painful ordeal. Not everybody that obtains a divorce in San Francisco County, CA, goes through a complicated court case, and not every divorce situation takes years to resolve. If you live in [...]

By |2023-05-12T06:47:10-07:00April 13th, 2022|California Courts, Divorce, Family Law|2 Comments

What You Should Know about Mental Incapacity Divorce in California

Divorce isn’t easy. You have to agree on difficult topics like custody of children and division of property, all while dealing with painful emotions. A mental incapacity divorce in California complicates things even further. It's not enough to show that your spouse acts erratically or irrationally; they have to fit very specific criteria for you [...]

By |2023-05-18T17:16:32-07:00April 11th, 2022|California Courts, Divorce, Family Law|2 Comments

How to File Probate in Mendocino County Probate Court

When people die, they often appoint a close, trusted person to execute their will. This close person is called an executor. Since the average person is not an estate administration expert, filling this role can prove challenging. Perhaps that is why, if you're a resident of Mendocino County, you want to know how to file [...]

By |2023-05-12T06:47:29-07:00April 6th, 2022|California Courts, Family Law, Probate|0 Comments

How to File for Conservatorship in Alpine County, CA

Conservators play a critical role in our society. They help many elderly, infirm, and disabled people live fulfilling and rich lives, caring for their physical, emotional, and financial needs. If you need to file for conservatorship in Alpine County, CA, you've come to the right place. This article walks you through the basics of how [...]

By |2023-05-12T06:47:40-07:00April 4th, 2022|California Courts, Family Law, Probate|0 Comments

What Is a Conservatorship Account?

According to the National Council on Disability, there are an estimated 1.3 million Americans under conservatorships and guardianships right now. All kinds of people can be subject to such an arrangement—everyone from elderly infirm individuals to celebrities like Britney Spears. If you're involved in one of those 1.3 million cases as a conservator (or are [...]

By |2023-05-12T06:47:50-07:00March 30th, 2022|California Courts, Family Law, Probate|0 Comments