The cost of legal document services and hiring an attorney in California has risen to such an extent that attorney representation for most people is unaffordable and not an option. Most states, including California, recognize the rising need to offer alternative solutions for people who find themselves dealing with the court system and have made great strides to expand self-help legal services throughout the state. If you are looking for a low-cost, professional way to get legal document services in California, the easiest and most hassle-free help is using a registered legal document assistant.
As we get older, we all spend more and more time thinking about our estate plans, what we leave to our children and our legacy. In the past, making estate plans required hiring a lawyer and spending thousands of dollars to have estate planning documents such as a living trust, will, power of attorney and healthcare directive prepared. Often the cost to prepare estate plan paperwork resulted in this important item on the to-do-list to be regularly “bumped” to the bottom of the list because the money was not available. Here is the story of how one woman was able to get her estate planning documents prepared for less than $500!
Most people create a revocable living trust to avoid probate. A pour-over will is also executed to allow any unknown assets outside the trust to pass through the pour-over will into the trust upon the testator's death. Trust property is then distributed to trust beneficiaries. Contact A People’s Choice for more information on how to prepare a pour-over will.
Going through a divorce is difficult. Divorce can be expensive...and stressful; and sometimes when you are going through a divorce, you just need someone to listen. This client found A People’s Choice a compassionate place to be. She was able to complete her divorce in a quick and efficient manner, with very little stress and strain. Here is her story...
California estate planning is the process of considering 1) how to avoid probate; 2) how your assets will be managed if you are incapacitated; 3) when assets will be transferred to others, either during your lifetime, at your death, or sometime after your death; and 4) who receives those assets. You can easily create your estate planning documentation, in most cases, with the assistance of a registered Legal Document Assistant, that utilizes the latest and most up-to-date self-help software. Doing so, however, necessitates that you educate yourself about your options so that you can make well-informed decisions.
Understanding the complicated map of California probate can be overwhelming. A People's Choice can help you navigate through the complexities of California probate and save you the expensive statutory fees charged by attorneys. This video will show you how.
California probate can be broken down into separate phases, 1) preparing the initial petition and attending the hearing; 2) handling debts; 3) itemizing property and 4) distributing assets. This video explains the California probate timeline.
There is no such thing as a cheap California bankruptcy attorney. Attorney fees for the most simple bankruptcy start at $750 and go up from there. Add the filing fee cost to these fees and the total cost to file bankruptcy through an attorney will exceed $1,000 which is a substantial sum of money for most people who are already struggling financially. California is divided into 4 districts, Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern. The allowed fee for bankruptcy petition preparers in the Northern District is $150.00, the Eastern District $125.00, the Central District $200.00 and the Southern District $150.00. It is illegal for a non-attorney bankruptcy petition preparer to advertise and/or charge for the preparation of cheap California bankruptcy to exceed these allowable maximum fees. Unfortunately, A People's Choice no longer offers bankruptcy document preparation services.
Filing bankruptcy using an attorney can cost between $1500 and $2500 for a simple Chapter 7 bankruptcy. People often comment “if I had $1500-$2500, I would not be filing bankruptcy!” So what can you do if you need to file bankruptcy and cannot afford to hire an attorney? Do you even need an attorney to file bankruptcy, or is having an attorney an unnecessary “luxury?” Understanding the bankruptcy process will help you have a clearer understanding of why people can file bankruptcy without an attorney.
Just how fast can bankruptcy documents be prepared and filed? Pretty Fast! Unfortunately, A People’s Choice no longer offers bankruptcy document preparation services. We also do not promote waiting until the last-minute if you need to file bankruptcy. Sometimes in life, however, circumstances are beyond our control, and we find ourselves in an unexpected situation that requires immediate action as was the situation with this particular client who sought out the services of a bankruptcy petition preparer. Here is her story...