People looking to inexpensively handle legal procedures often ask us whether they need to hire an attorney. While hiring an attorney is a personal decision, in many circumstances their services are not required!

Of course, some complex legal issues require a seasoned licensed attorney’s advice and experience. However, an experienced registered legal document assistant’s office such as A People’s Choice can handle many types of legal processes and procedures.

Interested in learning more about whether your legal needs warrant hiring an attorney? Read on to learn about the assistance required for the most common routine legal matters:


Divorce in California is very procedural and is either uncontested or contested. However, regardless of the type of divorce, parties can typically address most issues without hiring an attorney.

Amicable divorces can be easily completed without an attorney. If the parties agree, a legal document assistant can prepare all necessary paperwork, including the formalized divorce agreement, and file the paperwork with the court. However, even in a contested divorce, preparing paperwork without an attorney is a great way to save money. In fact, using a non-attorney service to prepare paperwork in contested matters will cost far less than hiring an attorney’s office.

Keep in mind that couples may elect to hire an attorney simply to make a special appearance at a court hearing or for special circumstances. However, many of our clients don’t bother hiring an attorney, and actually represent themselves in court! Believe it or not, judges often make decisions based on their review of the filed paperwork before anyone even speaks at the hearing. Therefore, there is rarely a reason to hire an attorney when filing divorce.

Living Trusts

Technology has dramatically changed many things in our world, including estate planning. Today, most attorneys use interview-guided legal estate planning software to automatically generate documents based on clients’ answers. In fact, A People’s Choice uses the exact software that hundreds of California attorneys use to prepare routine estate planning documentation.

If you know how you want your simple living trust and other estate planning documents prepared and don’t require legal advice, using our services is a great way to save thousands of dollars. The cost to prepare a couple’s living trust and estate documents with attorneys typically runs between $2500 to $5000. Compared to our fee of $550 for the same documents, that’s outrageous!

Many people put off making their estate plans because of the high cost to do so, but now there is an alternative. Whether you need a complete estate plan with a revocable living trust, pour-over will, power of attorney and healthcare directive, or a simple will, we can help. Now, most people don’t need to hire an attorney to create a living trust or other estate planning documents.


Hiring an attorney to file a California probate can be an expensive proposition! Unfortunately, attorneys are allowed to charge statutory fees based on the value of an estate.

Most probates are routine, with all heirs or beneficiaries cooperating during the process. When probates are uncontested, an individual can easily navigate the probate process with the help of an experienced legal document assistant.

Although the typical probate process time of six to eight months may seem daunting, you don’t need to hire an attorney to file probate. Click here to learn more about filing probate in California without an attorney.


The most common types of adoptions in California are adult adoption and stepparent adoption. If you have professional help, both types of proceedings can be very straightforward! However, that assistance does not have to be an attorney’s.

A People’s Choice has helped thousands of people successfully complete adult and stepparent adoptions. Contact our office for more information about our low-cost adoption services.

Transferring Real Property

In the past, individuals had to contact a title company to have a grant deed, quitclaim deed, interspousal deed, or trust transfer deed prepared. Unfortunately, title companies no longer offer these services. Thankfully, we receive many referrals by title companies to help people prepare real property transfer deeds.

As a courtesy, we also help process the deed with the proper county recorder’s office, cutting costs and efforts for our clients. Ultimately, with the right professional help, you don’t need to hire an attorney to transfer real property by deed.

Changing a Name

Changing one’s name is a popular legal need these days. While name changing is a multi-step process and requires a court hearing, A People’s Choice has helped thousands of people change their name.

Hiring an attorney for a name change can cost well over $1,000. However, this is an unnecessary expense for such a routine legal process! Contact A People’s Choice for more information about how we can help change your or your child’s name.

When Do I Need to Hire an Attorney?

Only you can decide when you want to hire an attorney. However, an attorney is always advisable when:

1) the legal matter is complex and not routine; or

2) you need legal advice to get you through the process

There are many legal procedures that people can handle on their own without having to hire an attorney; those discussed above are just a few of the most common situations in which you can represent yourself. Additional types of proceedings our office can handle include incorporation, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, guardianship, conservatorships, unlawful detainer/eviction, and much more. Call us at 800-747-2780 for further information about how we can help you get through your legal matter.

Get help with your Legal documents today!

A People’s Choice can save you hundreds of dollars by preparing your legal documents instead of an expensive attorney!


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