About Sandy McCarthy

Sandra M. McCarthy, founder of ProbatebyME.com / A People’s Choice Inc., 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. As a registered Legal Document Assistant, Sandy is dedicated to providing affordable, low-cost, self-help document preparation services for California consumers in all 58 counties.

How to Get Letters of Administration in Probate

By |2018-12-18T03:34:46+00:00December 15th, 2018|

In order to get Letters of administration, a full probate is filed that requests the court to name as personal representative of the estate. The court issues Letters of Administration when there 1) is no will; 2) when there is a will, but the will doesn't name an executor; or 3) the named executor is deceased and there is no alternate person named to act. To read the complete article, please click on the link How to Get Letters of Administration in Probate This post appeared first on A People's Choice - Legal Documents - Without the Lawyers

How to Settle Small Estate with Real Property Valued Under $50,000

By |2018-12-18T03:33:42+00:00December 10th, 2018|

Probate in California is an expensive and lengthy procedure. There are exceptions for small estates. This article explains how to settle a small estate with real property valued under $50,000 without a lawyer! To read the complete article, please click on the link How to Settle Small Estate with Real Property Valued Under $50,000 This post appeared first on A People's Choice - Legal Documents - Without the Lawyers

How to File Probate in Placer County

By |2018-12-15T06:56:44+00:00September 3rd, 2018|

Learn how to file probate in Placer county without a lawyer. Discover how the probate process works in Placer County, which Placer court handles probate. how to view probate examiner notes and contact a Placer County probate referee. To read the complete article, please click on the link How to File Probate in Placer County This post appeared first on A People's Choice - Legal Documents - Without the Lawyers

How to Deal With Creditors and Debts in California Probate

By |2018-12-15T06:58:24+00:00September 3rd, 2018|

California has specific laws and rules about the process required to deal with creditors and debts in California probate. It is the estate’s executor or appointed representative's responsibility to notify all creditors of the probate proceedings. This notification allows creditors to make and file formal claims against the probate estate. It is important to note that creditors and interested parties usually have a limited amount of time to file a claim. To read the complete article, please click on the link How to Deal With Creditors and Debts in California Probate This post appeared first on A People's Choice - Legal Documents - Without the Lawyers

Understanding the Definition of Common Probate Terms

By |2018-12-15T06:59:08+00:00August 4th, 2018|

There are many common probate terms used in California probate matters. Common probate terms and confusing legal words are often found on legal forms and used by the Judge during court hearings. We have compiled a list of such terms for you to familiarize yourself with through the probate process. To read the complete article, please click on the link Understanding the Definition of Common Probate Terms This post appeared first on A People's Choice - Legal Documents - Without the Lawyers

How to File Probate in Nevada County, California

By |2018-12-15T06:59:36+00:00July 15th, 2018|

Want to learn how to file probate in Nevada County? If you have done your research, you may have sticker shock at the statutory attorney fees allowed under California law. Imagine if there was a way to avoid paying attorneys fees and save thousands of dollars! Here's how... The post How to File Probate in Nevada County, California appeared first on A People's Choice.

How to Lodge a Will in California and File Probate

By |2018-12-15T07:00:46+00:00July 11th, 2018|

Most Executors have a hard time giving up possession of a decedent's original will. However, by law, the custodian of an original will must lodge the will with the Superior Court within 30 days of learning of the testator’s death. This is a statutory requirement under California Probate Code Section 8200. Keep in mind, the custodian can face legal penalties if they do not lodge a will in a timely fashion. The post How to Lodge a Will in California and File Probate appeared first on A People's Choice.

Discover Cheap Probate Options in California

By |2018-08-24T08:04:01+00:00May 19th, 2018|

Want to know a little known secret? Despite common belief, there are cheap probate options available in California. In fact, one of those options include filing for probate without an attorney. To be sure, this is not information most attorneys freely share. In fact, most attorneys will try to make potential clients feel fearful of filing probate without an attorney. The truth is, most estate executors are capable of completing the probate process without being represented by an attorney, with the proper help. The post Discover Cheap Probate Options in California appeared first on A People's Choice.

How to File Probate in Sierra County, California

By |2018-05-20T18:12:19+00:00May 18th, 2018|

A People’s Choice can help you file probate in Sierra County and save you money in the process. Did you know you don't have to hire an attorney to file probate in Sierra County? Yes, it is true! As a non-attorney legal document assistant, A People's Choice can help you draft the documents you need to probate your loved one’s estate. In fact, we can help you complete the entire probate process for a fraction of the cost an attorney will charge. Read on to learn more about how to file probate in Sierra County. The post How to File Probate in Sierra County, California appeared first on A People's Choice.

How to File Probate in Shasta County

By |2018-05-20T18:12:44+00:00May 18th, 2018|

Do you need to file probate in Shasta County? Save money and represent yourself! Contact A People’s Choice about our probate document preparation services. Our probate staff can help you file the forms you need to probate your loved one’s estate in California - from filing the petition to distributing the estate. The post How to File Probate in Shasta County appeared first on A People's Choice.

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