Experience Counts When Going Through Divorce | Santa Clarita

Experience Counts When Going Through Divorce | Santa Clarita

The divorce process is complex, the paperwork can be confusing and court procedure is always changing.  That is why it is important to work with an experienced divorce service when you decide you want an affordable divorce solution.

We recognize that we are not the only company you can turn to, to get a divorce.  However, we are the only licensed and bonded legal document service that specializes only on divorce.

Hopefully, you are only going to go through divorce once.  Do it right and use an experienced professional that can get you through the divorce process right, the first time.

Did you know that these franchise type legal service companies are not licensed and bonded legal document assistants?  The franchise they own or work at is a legal document preparation company, but the actual person helping you is not.

We feel we are your best choice when it comes to choosing an affordable divorce document preparation service for your divorce.

What are you going to do when you run into a little bit of trouble with your divorce.  These franchise legal service companies won’t be able to help you.  They just don’t know how the procedure works at the divorce court.

However, when you work with us, that is not a problem.  We have worked at the self help clinics, completed internships with the Superior Courts family law division and worked for local area family law firms.  When it comes to experience in the divorce process, you won’t find another company with more experience.

Please give us a call for more information about our divorce legal services. We serve all the courts in Los Angeles and provide a 100% online divorce solution.  You will never have to step foot into our office.  We look forward to speaking with you.

What It Means To Retain An Attorney | Santa Clarita

What It Means To Retain An Attorney | Santa Clarita

We do not want to advise anyone not to get legal advice when they need it.  However, most people never need to retain a divorce lawyer during their divorce unless there is a good reason that you need to.

First, what is a “retainer agreement?”  A retainer agreement is where the attorney takes on your case and now has a professional responsibility to act on your behalf.  They have now been hired to represent you in your divorce.

The retainer agreement spells out the agreement between the party to be represented and the attorney of law firm.  The retainer will advise you what the law firm will do to represent you and what you can expect during the divorce process.

The retainer agreement is also about the fees do to the law firm for the work they do on your case.  It will detail the amount of money you are to leave as a deposit and spells out how the fees will be charged against your deposit.

What a lot of people learn to late is that the amount an attorney asks you to leave as a deposit to retain their firm, is not the total amount for your divorce.  They call it a retainer fee or deposit.  It is simply the amount of money you are giving them to retain them.  You will be responsible for any work done on your case that exceeds the deposit or retainer amount.

So many of my clients started off with a divorce lawyer, plopped down $5,ooo thinking that the deposit amount was the full amount to be represented during their divorce.  Later they get a bill for the charges incurred and don’t know why.  Even though it was expressly stated in the fee agreement, they are shocked to find out that their bill has doubled and they are not even close to being divorce yet.

Read my article on the costs of divorce for more information.

We are a licensed and bonded legal document preparation service that specializes in the divorce process.  Please give us a call for more information about our divorce legal services.

Take The High Road During Divorce | Santa Clarita

Take The High Road During Divorce | Santa Clarita

Whenever I speak to new clients, I make sure to tell them that it is all about give and take.  And you are going to feel that you are giving more than you are taking.  But just so you know, your spouse feels exactly the same way.

There is no winner when it comes to divorce.  Even if you technically come out on top, you have not “won” anything.  Divorce is ugly no matter what happens.

You will be faced with making all sorts of decisions throughout the divorce process.  And each time you have to make a choice you are going to have to either give in a little or hold your ground on a particular issue.

In the long term, the best thing you can do for your family and yourself is to try to compromise at every turn.  If you have children, think of what the best decision is for them as opposed to what the best decision is for you.

Whatever you do, try not to make things worse or make turn a simple issue into a major conflict.  Will this be hard, of course it will be.

In the end, everyone wins when you compromise.  Compromise means that you spend on less on legal fees.  Work hard and possibly you won’t have any legal fees.

Turn the divorce into a major conflict and you will certainly be reeling for years trying to pay for all your attorney fees.  Taking the high road can help prevent all that and leave you in a better state when the divorce is over and done.

Try and think of your decisions from the perspective of a third party.  You know how easy it is and how simple other peoples problems seem to solve, right?

We are a licensed and bonded legal document preparation service specializing in the divorce process.  We provide a fixed fee divorce solution.  Please give us a call for more information about our services.

How Do I Prepare True Default Divorce Judgment | Santa Clarita

How Do I Prepare True Default Divorce Judgment | Santa Clarita

What forms are necessary to prepare your final divorce judgement paperwork depends upon how you proceeded up to this point.

The true default divorce judgment would be filed under the following circumstances.

  1. Your spouse did not file a response &
  2. There is no written agreement between the parties.

Watch this video for an explanation of the forms necessary to file a true default divorce judgment.

Remember, that you cannot file the default until at least 30 days have passed since you served the initial divorce paperwork.  You can file the default along with the remainder of the divorce paperwork if you wish.

We have provided a checklist of what forms are necessary to file the true default divorce judgment.  We use the checklist to mark of the documents just to make sure we have included all the correct documents.  We also submit the judgment checklist to the court when we submit the judgment.  This accomplished two things. First, it lets the courts know that we have used their checklist and understand the process.  Second, each of the checklists indicate what type of divorce judgment we are submitting, therefore it gives the court a heads up about what forms to be looking for.

The paperwork you submit for the true default is different than that of the uncontested hybrid divorce judgments and contested divorce judgments.

There are a lot of forms that need to be submitted when completing your divorce judgment.  We don’t recommend attempting it on your own. We have spoke to folks who have submitted their judgment 6 times and still get them rejected.

Please give us a call to discuss having us professionally prepare your entire divorce so you don’t have to try and figure out all the confusing divorce forms.  We have helped hundreds of clients get through the divorce process.

We are a licensed and bonded legal document preparation service that specializes in divorce.

Santa Clarita Divorce | How To File Ex-Parte Motion

Santa Clarita Divorce | How To File Ex-Parte Motion

Everytime I get a question from one of my clients or anyone that calls for that matter, I try to make it a habit to also answer that question on video.

Today I was asked what the process is for filing an Ex-Parte motion in court.    But let’s first talk about what Ex-Parte means.  Ex-Parte means “for oneself” and generally refers to going to court without the other party being present.  It also has other applications.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association prepared a tip called Preparing for and making and Ex Parte Application which you can read and stated that Ex Parte relief is requested when it is impractical or impossible to wait the minimum statutory period for  the court to hear a regular motion.

For Instance, lets say you want to go to court because you want an order for spousal support.  If you were to file a Request For Order with the court, you may be looking anywere from 30 to 60 days depending on which court you are in and how busy they are.

If you can’t wait 60 days, because for instance, you would have no other source of income and you are going to be evicted, that may qualify as an emergency.  So going into court Ex Parte may be necessary to get orders from the court sooner.

It is important that you still give the other party notice that you will going to court.  This is called giving ex parte notice.  Per the LACBA article, you have to give ex parte notice prior to 10:00 a.m. the day before you want to appear in court.  This way the other party has some advance notice so they can also make an appearance in court if they choose.

We are a licensed and bonded legal document preparation service that specializes in the divorce process.  Please give us a call if you would like more information about our affordable divorce services.

Completing Declaration Of Disclosure | Santa Clarita Divorce

Completing Declaration Of Disclosure | Santa Clarita Divorce

The declaration of disclosure form FL-140 can be considered the cover page or face page to the financial disclosures.  You will use it as the to page to the the schedule of assets and debts and income and expense declaration when preparing your divorce paperwork.

When you prepare the declaration of disclosure there are 5 check boxes that you can check to indicate which forms you are completing and serving on the other party.

first thing you want to do is make sure to mark the correct box on the declaration of disclosure in regards to whether you are filing your preliminary or final declaration of disclosure.  In most cases you will be filing your preliminary declaration of disclosure.  If you are the Petitioner in your divorce, you would mark the “Petitioner” box and the “Preliminary” box to indicate to the court who you are and what you are filing.

Again, this page is used mostly as a cover sheet.  You can mark the box that says you are filing one of 5 different forms:

  1. A completed Schedule of Assets and Debts
  2. A completed income and expense declaration
  3. A statement of all material facts and information regarding valuation of all assets that are community property or in which the community has an interest
  4. A statement of all material facts and information regarding obligations for which the community is liable.
  5. An accurate and complete written disclosure of any investment opportunity, business opportunity, or other income-producing opportunity presented.

In most cases, as is pertains to your preliminary declaration of disclosure, checking box 1 and 2 is sufficient.  If it gets to the point where you need to file the final declaration of disclosure, you may need to check boxes 3,4 and 5 and provide the necessary forms.

We are a licensed and bonded legal document preparation service trying to demystify the divorce process and provide an affordable divorce solution.


Santa Clarita Divorce Self Help Videos

Santa Clarita Divorce Self Help Videos

We are proud to bring an entire lineup of divorce self help videos to Santa Clarita and all of Los Angeles County.

Our divorce self help videos are a first in the legal self help industry.  To date, we have been the only legal document preparation service to prepare a complete series on how to complete the divorce process totally on video.

We cover every document and every divorce form there is to prepare your divorce yourself.  We chose to deliver this method of instruction as it would be near impossible to do it soley in print.

Additionally, there is plenty of divorce information on the internet these days, but most is hard to understand or not in an instructional format.

In our self help divorce videos we go into detail on each of the forms and discuss the divorce process.  We are not providing you with our way of doing things, rather we reference the California divorce website and use the divorce process as discussed on their family law website.

We will show you the divorce process as outlined by the California court systems them show you the forms on video and show you how to prepare the divorce forms individually.

Now while we are providing a free legal service, it is not without some benefit to us.  We do hope that you find the videos informative and valuable.  However, admitedly we are hoping to provide this divorce information and that some folks will seek our our divorce service to help them prepare their divorce paperwork and get through the divorce process.

We are licesned and bonded legal document assistants who specialize in the divorce process.  If you would like assistance in preparing your divorce, we are a great affordable attorney alternative.  Give us a call if you would like to learn more about our divorce assistance service in Santa Clarita.

How To Serve Divorce Papers | Santa Clarita

We have prepared a series of videos on how to prepare your divorce paperwork and how to serve your divorce paperwork.

We discuss the process of serving divorce papers as described by the family law courts.  There are specific rules that you must follow when serving divorce papers in Santa Clarita.  One such rule is that you cannot serve your own divorce papers.

How To Serve Divorce Papers | Santa Clarita

But the tricky part is knowing what forms to use, where to find them and how to fill them out.  Then, there is the issue of filing he proof of service with the cours.

We discuss the various forms that can be used to serve the divorce papers and why you would want to use one form over the other .

We also go into detail and fill out both the proof of service of summons and the notice of acknowledgment of receipt right on the video so you can see how we are preparing each of the proof of service forms.

As licensed and bonded legal document assistants that specialize in the divorce process in Santa Clarita.  We have years of experience getting folks through the divorce process which includes working for family law firms, the divorce courts and family law self help centers.

We hope that the videos we have prepared on how to complete the divorce forms helps those that are going through the divorce process in Santa Clarita on their own.  If you ever decide that you need our assistance, we would be happy to discuss how our affordable divorce paralegal service works.

If you need assistance locating any of the divorce forms including the proof of service of summons or notice of acknowlegment of receipt, we would be happy to point you in the right direction.


How To File For Divorce In Santa Clarita

How To File For Divorce in Santa Clarita

We are Santa Clarita’s number one divorce document preparation service.  In fact, we are the only legal document assistant firm in Santa Clarita and only firm in Los Angeles to specialize in divorce.

We have provided a series of “how to” divorce videos to assist clients looking to represent themselves during their divorce.

In this video we discuss the process of completing the initial divorce documents so you can start your divorce case.  We go in detail on how to complete the divorce summons and divorce petition.  You can follow along and complete your divorce forms or just use as a reference.

We will show you what the different checkboxes are on the summons and petition and how to file the documents so you can get a case number.  There is an entire series of divorce videos that you can watch that will walk you through the entire divorce process.

If you would like to have your divorce professionally prepared and don’t have the time to watch each of these videos, prepare all your own documents and try to figure out the complex divorce process, we welcome your call.

We would be happy to discuss how our divorce document preparation service works and how we can take the burden off of you as we can take care of the entire divorce process from start to finish.

And if you attempted your divorce own your own and are not sure what to do next, we can pick up where you left off to make sure you make it through the divorce so you can move on with your life.

Please give us a call to find out about our affordable divorce document preparation services in Santa Clarita.  We serve all of Los Angeles County divorce courts.