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Prestige Financial Advisors is proud to officially join The Document People in an effort to further assist our client’s needs. We are a directory of independently owned stores that share a common purpose: helping customers represent themselves. By doing so, customers usually save 50-70% off the typical fees and costs.

The main difference between our service and online services is that we are there for you every step of the way, and you get to talk to an actual person, in person. A personal touch can go a long way for matters as important as legal matters.

We are Paralegals and Legal Document Assistant with a bond and a license filed at the County Recorder where we do business. We assist people in uncontested legal matters who choose to do it themselves (in pro per) by preparing documents to court standards. We are not lawyers, we cannot represent you in court, or advise you of your legal rights. We do have expedited access to a local attorney if you have legal questions.

Estate

Living Trust

The Importance of Preparing a Living Trust

Give yourself and your loved ones the piece of mind they deserve by preparing a living trust. A living trust is much like a will and is an excellent way to ensure the long term security of your legacy and to protect your property. Like a will, a living trust allows you to name beneficiaries and to assign a person to manage the trust after you’ve passed away (called the “successor trustee”). You can also appoint custodians to manage property for your children if they’re minors, and you can determine how your property will be distributed when you pass away. In addition, a “pour over” will allows you to appoint guardians for your minor children, if needed, when you pass away and to appoint an executor to wrap up your estate.

A Living Trust Avoids the Problems of Probate

The most important difference between a living trust and a will is that a trust protects your estate from probate proceedings, a will does not. No one enjoys probate, which can be an extremely time-consuming and expensive process that will be taking place at a time when your loved ones will want to focus on dealing with their loss, not struggling with a mountain of legal issues. Probate includes notifying the court of your passing, submitting your last will and testament if you have one, and an inventory and appraisal of your estate. It can greatly delay the distribution of your property and in some cases include court fees that are based on a percentage of your net worth, placing a huge financial burden on your beneficiaries. Also, unlike a living trust, probate records are public documents and can be viewed by anyone, including non-beneficiaries.

Preparing a living trust avoids the hassles, delays, and incredible expense of probate proceedings and protects the privacy of you and your beneficiaries. Click here to learn more about the differences between a living trust and a last will and testament. With our living trusts, you can still retain some of the benefits of a will, such as appointing guardians for you minor children, if needed, when you pass away and appointing an executor to wrap up your estate. We include a “pour over” will with our trust packages to ensure no stone is left unturned when it comes to your estate plan.

Personalize Your Living Trust with The Document People

We work with an estate planning attorney who can draft and your living trust to suit your specific situation and needs – our living trusts are not created with cookie-cutter computer software! We also include a pour over will to take care of the residue of the estate (personal belongings, furniture, jewelry, etc.) and include Power of Attorneys for Finance and Health as well as the notary services. We truly are your one-stop document preparation center.

The best way to enjoy the future is to be prepared, so if you’re ready to have security and piece of mind for tomorrow, contact us today!

Fillable Forms for Living Trusts:

Living Trust Single Fillable Form

Living Trust Joint Fillable Form

Power of Attorney

What Is Power of Attorney?

Sometimes it may become necessary to have a representative make certain decisions or take action on your behalf. These decisions can be related to your finances, your property, medical treatment if you become incapacitated, or a variety of other business and legal issues.

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that grants another person the right to make specific decisions for you. When you give someone power of attorney, you are referred to as the “principal” since you are the one giving someone else authority over some of your affairs. The person you are authorizing to act in your place is called the “agent” or “attorney-in-fact.” Your agent or attorney-in-fact can be anyone you assign and does not have to be a lawyer.

The Different Types of Power of Attorney

There are several types of power of attorney. Some types apply only to a specific action or aspect of your life, while others may apply to a broad range of activities. Power of attorney, however, will expire in the event that you pass away or become physically or mentally disabled. A “durable power of attorney” is designed to continue even if you become incapacitated. A durable power of attorney can be an important part of a living will or health care directive.

For instance, you may specify a durable power of attorney to an agent who will be responsible for treatment decisions, such as when to withhold life-support, if you are injured and unable to communicate your wishes on your own. As with other types, a durable power of attorney will only remain in effect while you are alive.

Another type, called a “springing power of attorney,” can be used as an alternative to a durable POA. A springing power of attorney goes into effect only if you are incapacitated. For example, a springing financial power of attorney could be used to grant someone the authority to make financial or business decisions for you in the event that you are in a coma.

Use The Document People to Prepare a Durable Power of Attorney

We can prepare two types of a durable power of attorney so you can be ready for the future. The first is a durable power of attorney for financial matters. The second is for allowing an agent to make medical decisions for you. These can also be included as part of our living trust and living will services.

If you’re ready to get started, please contact us for pricing and additional information.

Deeds

What Is a Quitclaim Deed?

A quitclaim deed (spelled as one word) is a document in which a person, called the “grantor,” gives over his or her financial interest in a piece of property or real estate to another person, known as the “grantee.”

As the grantor, a quitclaim deed does not imply you actually have any rights to the property; only that you are giving up any past or future interest in it to the grantee. Also, a quitclaim deed does not free you from existing financial obligations to the property, such as unpaid debts, nor will it remove your name from a loan or mortgage.

When Is a Quitclaim Deed Used?

A quitclaim deed is similar to an interspousal transfer deed and is frequently used during divorce proceedings to separate property, such as a house, that is either jointly owned or that both the husband and wife have an interest in. Quitclaim deeds are also used to transfer gifts to family members, to help establish a living trust, or to make real property part of a business. In the case of divorce, a husband and wife may have joint ownership of a home, but frequently only one spouse will keep the property as a result of the proceedings.

So, if a husband takes possession of a home he once shared with his wife, then his wife will execute a quitclaim deed that grants her husband full rights to the property. If her former husband decides to sell the house a few months later, she would not be able to make a claim for any of the money he gains from the sale. However, although the house will no longer be hers, her name may still be on the home loan, in which case she would be held liable if her ex-husband stopped making payments or defaulted on the mortgage.

The Document People Can Prepare Your Quitclaim Deed for You

No matter the reason you may need a quitclaim deed; we can prepare yours.
We will also walk you through all the necessary documentation, such as a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report and, if applicable, a Parent to Child Exemption. As part of our complete package, we will also notarize your deed and properly submit it to the County Recorder, all for a simple flat fee.

If you’re ready for us to help you get started, please contact us for pricing and additional information.

Living Will

What Is a Living Will?

No one knows when tragedy will strike, and having a living will is a way to communicate your wishes if you are near death, severely incapacitated, or in a permanent coma.

Also known as a Health Care Directive or a Power of Attorney for Health, a living will is a written notice that states your desires for medical treatment such as providing or withholding life-support in the event of a serious accident or illness.

The Importance of a Living Will

The medical treatment you wish to receive in the event of a catastrophe is one of the most important and personal decisions you can make, but if you lack a living will and are in a persistent vegetative state, the burden of those decisions may be left to others like family members or even the court.

Certain medical treatments and forms of life-support, furthermore, can create enormous expenses for your next-of-kin or even violate your personal and religious beliefs.

Having a living will in place is essential for making your desires clear in case you are one day incapable of expressing them yourself.

The Document People Can Prepare Your Living Will

Using information you provide, we will prepare and file a living will that clearly states your wishes for medical treatment, giving you and your loved ones piece of mind should the unthinkable ever happen.

We can prepare your living will as a standalone product, or include it as a part of your living trust.

To get started on preparing your living will today, contact us for pricing and additional information.

Business

Corporation/S-Corp.

If you’re an existing business owner or opening a new company, you may want to consider the advantages of forming a corporation. A corporation is a legal entity that has many of the same rights a person does, which adds a layer of security to you and anyone else who invests time or resources into your enterprise.

One of the most important benefits to forming a corporation is limited liability.

If your company is the subject of a lawsuit, legal claim, or is unfortunate enough to one day face bankruptcy, limited liability can protect your personal assets from these and other hazards that may arise as you do business.

Incorporating your business can also make your company more attractive to outside investors, enabling you to efficiently raise capital for your venture.

By starting a corporation you may, furthermore, save money on taxes and have greater flexibility to operate and grow your business in response to changes in the market. Regardless of the size of your business today, starting a corporation is a great way to prepare for the success of tomorrow.

Still wondering if forming a corporation is a good direction for your business? Check out our LEARNING CORNER just below, to learn the differences between launching a corporation and starting your own LLC.

There are many steps to forming a corporation, but we can help you incorporate for less and much faster than anyone else. Our standard rate for this service includes everything you will need to have your corporation up and running for the first year.

If you’re ready to make your corporation a reality, GET STARTED NOW!

LLC

We live in a society where lawsuits are a fact of life, so it’s prudent to protect yourself, your home, and your treasured belongings against someone going after your personal possessions and resources. As with corporations, a limited liability company (LLC) can limit your personal financial liability, protecting you from undue exposure.

Advantages to Forming a LLC

Whether you’re ready to expand your existing business or you’re ready to start a new one, forming a limited liability company (LLC) can be an excellent way to protect your personal rights, property, and finances in the event of a lawsuit. Making your business a LLC limits the exposure of your assets to liability, just as with a corporation, but does so with much greater ease and flexibility than the more rigid corporate structure. This means you’ll spend less time on paperwork and have more time to focus on your business.

An additional advantage to forming a LLC is that it will be classified as a separate and distinct entity, which can greatly simplify record-keeping and accounting. A LLC also gives you the freedom to choose how your company is taxed — as a corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship — and lets you select the method that’s most cost-effective for you and your business.

Alternatives to a LLC

The LLC structure is an ideal solution for many businesses, but there are also alternatives that may be more suitable for you. For example, attracting outside investors may be easier if you incorporate your business. Or, if you are starting a small, brand new business with low risk, you may wish to begin by simply filing a fictitious business name or DBA. No matter which format is right for you, The Document People can help.

How to Open a LLC Using The Document People

The Document People makes forming a LLC easier and faster than anyone else! Our complete package will provide you with everything you need for your first year, including:

  • Name Search
  • Preparation of the Articles
  • Filing in Person
  • Pick Up in Person
  • Corporate kit
  • Generic Operating Agreement
  • Seal
  • Stock certificates
  • Tax ID Number
  • Statement of Information

If you’re ready to protect yourself and grow your business, contact us for pricing and additional information.

Non-Profit Corporation

What Is a Nonprofit Corporation?

A nonprofit corporation (NPO) is an organization that uses its surplus funds or “profits” to advance a particular purpose. Unlike a for-profit corporation, a nonprofit’s income is not distributed to owners, the board of directors, officers, or shareholders. Nonprofits are involved in many areas and are frequently created as a public service. They are used to manage charities or to support the fine arts, healthcare and research, education, political awareness, religion, and countless other activities. Hybrid nonprofit corporations, such as cooperatives that are equally owned by members and/or employees, are also growing in popularity in areas like farming, grocery stores, and medical dispensers.

How Is a Nonprofit Like a Regular Corporation?

In many ways, nonprofit corporations are similar to traditional for-profit corporations. Each nonprofit corporation is a distinct legal entity and is typically treated the same way a corporation is under law. Nonprofits may enter into business dealings with other persons and companies, may write and sign contracts, and may own property. Nonprofits are also structured like traditional corporations. Each has its own directors or “trustees,” officers, management, and can also hire employees.

How Is a Nonprofit Different from a Regular Corporation?

Unlike for-profit corporations, the income earned by a nonprofit must be invested back into the nonprofit’s intended purpose or to support and maintain the organization itself. While a nonprofit may pay salaries to its employees, managers, and directors, it cannot have shareholders or stock. Due to their public service nature, many nonprofit organizations are eligible to be classified as a 501(c) organization by the IRS. While most nonprofits must maintain annual financial records and submit tax returns each year, nonprofits that have 501(c) status are exempt from paying taxes on most or all of their earnings. Also, individuals or companies who make donations or give other assistance to organizations with 501(c) status can write-off these contributions on their taxes.

Create Your Nonprofit Corporation Using the Document People

To create a nonprofit corporation, you must prepare Articles of Incorporation and submit them to the Secretary of State in the state where you plan to operate. If you wish to obtain 501(c)3 status for tax exemption, you must begin a separate application process with the IRS. We can prepare all the necessary documentation and paperwork to get your nonprofit incorporated more quickly and easily than anyoneelse.

We can also provide all the necessary information and forms you will need to apply for 501(c)3 status with the IRS. Our complete package includes everything you will need for that all-important first year, including:

  • Name Search – Preparation of the Articles
  • Filing and Pick Up in Person – Corporate Kit
  • Minutes for the First Year – Generic Bylaws

If you’re ready to make your non-profit a reality, GET STARTED NOW!

Fictitious Business Name

 

Advantages of a Fictitious Business Name (DBA)

Filing a Fictitious Business Name (also called “Doing Business As” or DBA) is an affordable and simple way for entrepreneurs to start a new company and gain name recognition without the expense of forming a corporation or LLC. If you’re ready to start your own business and want to keep costs to a minimum, or if you’re an existing business owner ready to explore new opportunities, registering a DBA statement may be a good choice for you.

Submitting a DBA statement to the county where you plan to operate gives you the ability to open a bank account in your business’s name and to get up and running in no time. You can also send out invoices, collect money, advertise, and even get listed in the phone book and online under your new name.

Alternatives to a Fictitious Business Name- The primary disadvantage to using a fictitious business name rather than forming a corporation or LLC is that you will have sole proprietorship and liability for your business. This means that if your business accumulates substantial debt, goes bankrupt, or is the target of a lawsuit, you will have none of the liability protection enjoyed by corporations and your personal assets may be in jeopardy. Once your new venture takes off and begins earning a profit, you may want to consider taking the next step and form a corporation or LLC.

Keep in mind that California law requires anyone filing a DBA statement to also publish a notice of the fictitious business name in area newspapers for a length of time. This public announcement is designed to prevent fraud and to maintain a public record of your intent to do business. You will also need to submit your business’s name to the County Recorder.

How to File a Fictitious Business Name Using the Document People

We can assist you with each part of your DBA statement and will file all the necessary paperwork to your county so you can concentrate on starting your new business.

This service is offered for a standard flat fee. Start your business today!

Click here to request a quote.

Partnership Agreement

What Is a Partnership Agreement?

If you and someone you know are ready to start a business venture together, or you want to team up your existing business with another person or company, a legal partnership agreement may be a good option for you. While many businesses are started by two people simply working together, setting up a partnership agreement is an important way to protect many of your rights.

Any two people or businesses can create a partnership agreement. Each of you will contribute something to operate your business like labor, skills, expertise, money, property, or a combination of these. In return, you and your partner will share an agreed upon portion of the profits you earn.

A partnership agreement states the responsibilities of you and your partner, the terms of your partnership, and how the money you make will be distributed.

Advantages of a Partnership Agreement

The biggest problems faced by many new partnerships are disagreements that arise from a lack of understanding about each partner’s role in the business, who owns what, the amount of their investment, or the nature of each partner’s compensation. Having a well-thought, specific partnership agreement that addresses the many issues of operating a business is critical for limiting confusion and keeping things running smoothly.

The Differences Between a Partnership and a Corporation or LLC

A partnership is much easier to manage than other business structures like a corporation or LLC. There are fewer administrative hassles, less paperwork to file with the government, and filing for taxes can be greatly simplified. This will give you and your partner the flexibility to focus on growing and developing your business. Also, you and your partner will be able to combine your capital when applying for a loan or lines of credit, which can help raise the funds you need to get your business off the ground.

However, partnerships have none of the liability protections that are granted to a corporation or LLC. If your business goes bankrupt, falls deep into debt, or is the subject of a lawsuit, your personal finances and assets may be in jeopardy. Furthermore, all liability for your business is shared by you and your partner.If your partner or even an employee is negligent or commits a crime during the course of normal business, you will be held just as liable as your partner.The limited liability of corporations and LLCs offers personal protection against many of these issues. Click here to learn more about the differences between a partnership and a corporation or LLC.

Use The Document People to Create Your Partnership Agreement

To make sure that every partner understands his or her role, responsibilities, and compensation, you’ll want a specific partnership agreement that is customized to fit your business. We can help you draft a partnership agreement that will give you and your partner the security you deserve.

Ready to get your partnership off the ground? Contact us.

Copyright

What Is Copyright?

Are you the author of a novel, screenplay, or poem? Have you ever composed music, created a business proposition, or designed a computer program or other creative work? If so, you may want to protect your intellectual property by registering it with the United States Copyright Office.

Copyright protection automatically applies to any original media you create. It grants you the exclusive right to determine how other people or organizations can use or distribute your work, and lets you get credit for or profit from your material. It also prevents others from claiming ownership of your work or using it for financial gain without your permission.

Registering your copyright creates a legal record that guards these rights in court and elsewhere.

The Importance of Registering Your Copyright

If someone plagiarizes, steals, or pirates your work, you may have several legal options including filing a claim in court. Without a registered copyright, however, it can very difficult to prove in court that you are the original author of your material. This can lead to the loss of many of your rights, limit the amount of damages you may receive, or even cost you your claim.

For important related information, click here to learn the differences between copyright and a trademark.

The Document People Can Help You Register Your Copyright

We can prepare all the necessary documentation and file it for you with the United States Copyright Office to ensure maximum protection of your work.

Want to get started? Click here to request pricing.

Please note that filing fees apply for this service.

See also Trademark for important related information.

Trademark

What Is a Trademark?

If you’re a business owner, offer a service, or manufacture and sell goods, you work hard to build name and brand recognition for your products or services. Registering a trademark is an important way to prevent others from copying or profiting from the reputation you have built, and it helps protect the quality of your brand. A trademark is a unique sign or symbol that identifies a particular product or service as having come from you or your company.

This is usually a logo, image, word, phrase, or a combination of design elements. If you have a trademark like a logo for your goods and services, it is considered your exclusive intellectual property and may not be used by anyone else without your permission. Trademarks are identified by one of the following symbols:

TM (Unregistered Trademark) – Used to brand or promote products or goods.

SM (Unregistered Service Mark) – Used to brand or promote services.

® (Registered Trademark) – A trademark on file with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

A trademark generally applies only to goods and services and is different from copyright, which applies to creative works.

Click here for related information about protecting your copyright.

The Importance of Registering Your Trademark

Your trademark is your intellectual property and, if necessary, you can file a suit in court to prevent another person or business from using or infringing upon it. This includes someone copying your trademark and using it as their own, or creating a similar trademark that’s intended to mislead or confuse the public into thinking it’s yours. You do not need to register your trademark to file a suit, but protection for unregistered trademarks is often limited to the geographical area where you do business or plan to do business. You may also face additional limitations on your rights. Registering your trademark protects both your brand and your rights.

Use The Document People to Register Your Trademark

If you’re ready to protect your trademark, we’re ready to help! We can prepare the documentation you will need and submit it to the United States Patent and Trademark Office on your behalf. This complete service is provided for a low and flat fee, but please note that filing charges apply. Don’t wait another day to register your trademark!

Contact us for additional information and to get started!

Additional Services

Mechanic’s Lien, Buy-Sell Agreement

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Personal

Divorce

Get an Inexpensive Divorce without a Lawyer

Divorce filing can be an emotionally and financially draining experience, and disentangling the life you built with your former spouse is never easy. In addition to all the issues involved in dividing your property, you may also need to worry about childcare, living arrangements, and the difficulties of starting over.

If you are getting a divorce, you owe it to yourself to make the process as simple and painless as you can. The many legal issues that surround divorce can feel overwhelming, and the perception that every divorce is a legal nightmare hasn’t been helped by its dramatic portrayal on television and in the media. Expensive divorce lawyers are counting on this assumption and want you to believe that no couple can handle the process on their own.

An Uncontested Divorce Is Easier and More Cost-Effective

But there is a simpler, less-complicated, and cost-effective way to handle your divorce without a lawyer. If you and your spouse are on friendly terms, or can at least negotiate how to split up your property and handle issues related to your children, then you can pursue an “uncontested divorce.”

Uncontested divorce agreements are the least expensive way to dissolve your marriage and avoid the huge costs of hiring lawyers. This can enable you to quickly get back on your feet and to put that money towards your new life. Uncontested divorces are also more private, lowering your stress levels and helping both of you move on.

Save on the Cost of an Attorney with The Document People

With our help, most people pursuing an uncontested divorce can easily obtain one without having to go before a judge. We will prepare all the divorce documents for you and file only what you need, when you need it, and will keep you out of those long lines at the courthouse.

In fact, most of our customers never even have to go to court at all! We will complete all of the necessary steps in your case, and we get the great majority of cases settled before the six months and one day waiting period has passed (Check out our LEARNING CORNER below). Prices may vary depending on your situation, but they will be a fraction of what you would be forced to spend on a divorce lawyer.

Get started on your new life with an inexpensive divorce!

Contact us to request a quote and for additional information.

Legal Separation

What Is a Legal Separation?

If you and your spouse need to start leading separate lives, but you aren’t ready or willing to consider a full divorce, then a legal separation may be a good choice for you. A legal separation is similar to a divorce; it is used to resolve issues like financial responsibilities, child custody and support, living arrangements, the division of your property, and establishes the rights of you and your spouse. Legal separation, however, does not end your marriage.

Advantages of Legal Separation Over Divorce

A legal separation can enable you to retain important benefits, such as your spouse’s medical insurance coverage, while giving you the time to repair and resume your marriage, if you wish. Because of the similarities between the two, a legal separation can also help simplify and speed up the divorce process if you decide to pursue one at a later date. Also, if your religious beliefs or personal faith are against the idea of a divorce, a long term legal separation may be a good alternative. Click here to learn more about the differences between legal separation and divorce proceedings.

How to Obtain a Legal Separation

To become legally separated, simply agreeing to live apart is notenough. A legal separation can only be granted by a judge after you submit all the required paperwork, and there may be a mandatory waiting period. It is possible you will need to appear before the judge, but in most cases you will not need to be physically present in court to get a legal separation. You also do not need to hire an expensive attorney.

Get an Affordable Legal Separation by Using The Document People

The Document People can prepare and file all the necessary forms for you without involving a lawyer. We know exactly what you will need to file, and when you will need to file it, so you will never have to worry about missing deadlines or interrupting your day to wait in line at court — many of our customers never even have to step foot inside a courthouse!

The price of this service may vary based on your individual circumstances, but it will be a fraction of the cost of hiring a lawyer. If you are ready to start the process, please contact us for a quote and for more information about how we can help.

Paternity

The Importance of Establishing Paternity

Paternity is the legal recognition of a man’s biological relationship as the father of a child. If a non-married couple has a child, establishing paternity can be crucial for determining the rights and responsibilities of both parents. A paternity claim is a petition that can be submitted to the court by either the mother or the father of the child.

It is a process that can include establishing the biological parentage of a child, custody, child support, visitation rights, and any other issues related to the child’s growth and development.

If a non-married couple has a child and paternity has not been legally established, then the father of that child has no legal rights regarding the child’s growth, development, or decision-making that affects the child’s life.

The Document People Can Help You Initiate a Paternity Case

We will collect information from you, gather and prepare all the necessary documents, and submit your case to the court. We will do what you need to initiate and finalize your paternity claim.

If you’re ready to establish legal paternity of a child and make a positive difference in his or her life, please contact us for pricing and additional information.

Conservatorship

What Is a Conservatorship?

When a person becomes unable to care for themselves due to a major illness or injury, it may be time to set up a conservatorship. A conservatorship is a type of court order that protects the afflicted person while giving you the legal authority and responsibility to act as the custodian of his or her physical care and/or their assets and finances.

A conservatorship is similar to guardianship of a minor but is typically reserved for adults who are severely incapacitated in some fashion, such as from a coma or advanced Alzheimer’s disease. When the court receives a petition for a conservatorship, a judge will review the case and decide whether the afflicted person should be designated as a “conservatee.”

Who Can Be a Conservator? Anyone can petition for conservatorship of an incapacitated person, though often this is a family member, friend, or someone who has a close personal relationship with the conservatee. The responsibilities of a conservator vary by case and jurisdiction.

In some cases the conservator may only be responsible for managing the conservatee’s financial affairs and is called a “conservator of the estate.” In other cases this person also may be responsible for overseeing a conservatee’s daily activities and is called a “conservator of the person.”

Becoming a conservator is a permanent commitment, one that will not end until the court relieves you of your legal obligations.

The Document People Can Help You Petition for a Conservatorship. Petitioning the court for a conservatorship can be a complicated, multi-step process that includes a court appearance, investigation, and may involve probate. We simplify this process by ensuring that all the necessary paperwork you need is properly filled out and filed with the court so you can focus on what matters.

This service is provided for a flat fee. For pricing and to learn more, please contact us.

Notice of Motion

What Is a Notice of Motion?

A notice of motion is a request submitted to the court that asks for a change or modification to be made to an existing court order. In cases of divorce, for instance, a notice of motion will often be filed by a parent or guardian seeking to change the terms of child support, child custody, or visitation rights. A notice of motion may also be filed to ask the court to change the terms of spousal support or to set aside a default judgment.

When you file a notice of motion, you will need to inform the court why you want to change an existing order. The court will also want to know how your circumstances have changed since the initial order was granted. Therefore, you will have to provide the court with a declaration that explains and supports your request.

The Document People Will Properly Prepare Your Notice of Motion

If you need to file a notice of motion, it is important to follow the proper procedure. Failing to do so can lead to delays or even cause the court to reject your request.

We will collect information from you and use it to prepare all the required documents and file them with the court, from the initial paperwork to the final orders.

Make sure your notice of motion is done right to get the changes you need.

Contact us for pricing and to get started!

Name Change

Obtain a Legal Name Change without Hiring an Attorney

If you’re ready for a fresh start, legally changing your name can be a big step towards your new beginning. Maybe you have recently divorced and want to shed your married name; perhaps you want a new name that reflects important changes in your life; or you simply don’t like the name you were born with.

No matter what your reasons are, you don’t have to be stuck with a name you don’t want, and you don’t need to hire a lawyer to change it.

How to Legally Change Your Name

To legally obtain a new name you will need to file a petition to the court in the area where you reside. Your petition will need to state why you want to change your name and what you would like your new name to be. The court will issue a hearing date for approving your new name once your petition has been submitted.

Keep in mind that you will also be required to publish your name change in a local newspaper that is legally qualified to publish court orders and official notices. After your name has been legally changed by the court you can easily submit your new name to government agencies, your creditors, your bank, and other companies to get started on your new life.

Changing Your Name Is Affordable with The Document People

All you have to do is simply provide us with information about your name change. We will prepare all the documentation you need and file your petition with the court on your behalf. We’ll even publish your petition in a local newspaper that’s accepted by the court, so you don’t have to.

Stop thinking about your new name and start living it!

Contact us for pricing and more information.

For an Adult Name Changeclick here

For a Minor Name Changeclick here

Order to Show Cause

What Is an Order to Show Cause?

An order to show cause (also sometimes called a “show cause order”) is a type of court order usually made at the request of an applicant. It requires both parties of a legal dispute to appear in court and give reasons why the court should or should not issue a particular order.

An order to show cause is often filed in cases where one party needs relief from a situation — the order, for instance, may be used to force someone to pay child support. The order may also be used to prevent a party from a certain activity, such as harassment — a judge may even add a temporary restraining order to the show cause order.

An order to show cause may also be used in cases of contempt or probation violations, or to set a date for a trial. An order to show cause is typically used in circumstances where time is a factor. If you are involved in a lawsuit, you are required to give the other party an opportunity to respond.

Whether you are the defendant or the plaintiff, you will need to provide the person or people whom you are suing (or are suing you) a notice in writing of your order to show cause and what you will be requesting.

The Document People Can Prepare Your Order to Show Cause

If time is of the essence and you need to file an order to show cause, we can prepare all the necessary documents and get them quickly filed with the court, from the initial paperwork to the final orders.

We will collect your information and ensure the entire process is done properly from start to finish, so you can get the orders you are requesting granted as quickly as possible. There is no need to delay!

Contact us for pricing, additional information, and to get started.

Deed of Trust

What Is a Deed of Trust?

A deed of trust is a financial document which evidences an underlying debt — that’s why it is commonly drafted along with a promissory note.

The trustee named in the document holds the “Power of Sale” over the property; this means that if the debtor ceases making payments and defaults on the note, the trustee has the right to take steps to foreclose upon and sell your property to recover the balance of the debt.

On the other hand, once the note has been paid, the trustee is also responsible for giving or “reconveying” the title back to the debtor.

The Document People Can Help You Prepare a Deed of Trust

A trust deed must be notarized and submitted to the County Recorder for the community where the property is located.

We can assist you with preparing the deed, the notarization, and the recording process, all for a flat fee.

Please contact us for pricing and additional information.

Small Claims

What Is a Small Claims Action?

A small claims action or suit is a way for individuals and businesses to seek payment or restitution from another party. This is usually because one party (the plaintiff) believes another party (the defendant) has failed to meet the terms of a contract or wronged them in some way. Small claims disputes are generally considered minor enough that they do not require the use of attorneys or the expenses of a full civil trial.

Because of their reduced size and scope, small claims courts tend to focus on smaller contractual and service disputes as well as disagreements between individuals. Also, all states limit the amount of monetary damages one may recover from a small claims action.

In California, this limit is $10,000 as of February, 2013. If you are suing someone through a small claims court, you will be assigned a hearing date by the court. On that date, you and the party you are suing will each be given a chance to tell your sides of the story. You should bring any evidence you have, such as service records and photographs, with you to present to the judge.

After both sides have made their case, the judge will make a determination.

Be Ready for Your Small Claims Suit

Although much faster and simpler than a full civil trial, you still must put together and properly submit all court documentation for your claim to go forward. We can assist you by preparing all the documentation you need and submitting it to the court so you can focus on winning your claim.

Don’t wait for justice, fight for it!

Contact us for pricing and more information on how we can help.

Additional Services

QDRO, Adoption Stepparent, Dissomaster, Child Support, Child Custody, Evictions*, Stipulation and Order, Travel Permission Letter, Promissory Note, Wage Garnishment

*At Select Locations

Will

Probate

What Is Probate?

Probate is a court process that oversees claims and disputes regarding a person’s estate when they pass away. If the deceased person had a will, probate determines if the will is valid and also makes decisions regarding the interests of his or her heirs and others who may have a financial interest in the estate. The process includes:

  • Notifying the court of a person’s death.
  • An inventory and appraisal of the deceased person’s property.
  • Paying the deceased person’s debts and taxes.
  • Establishing the validity of the deceased’s last will and testament.
  • Distributing the remainder of the deceased person’s property.

Having a will does not protect your estate from probate proceedings.

Even if your will is up-to-date and secure, your loved ones and beneficiaries will still have to endure the expense and delay of the probate system. If you do not have a will, your estate will still be subject to probate. The difference is that after probate your remaining property will be distributed to your family according to the laws of your state. When an estate enters probate, the court may require the services of an “executor” or “personal representative” in addition to a “referee” appointed by the court.

Both the executor and referee may collect large fees for their services, which are paid before any proceeds from the estate are given to the deceased’s beneficiaries or family. The estate may also be charged for a variety of other expenses including appraisers’ fees, filing fees, and court costs. In some states court costs are actually a percentage of the deceased’s net worth. The complexities, length, timing, and huge expenses of probate make it a very unpleasant process for everyone who experiences it. Fortunately, probate can usually be avoided by establishing a living trust.

Click here to learn about how we can help you create a living trust to keep your estate out of probate.

The Document People Can Help You Get Through Probate

Everyone wants to avoid probate, but if you are forced to file one, we can help you. We will prepare the initial petition to the court, the issuing of the letters, the required publishing, and the paperwork for the final distribution. We will work with you every step of the way to minimize your expenses and to make the proceedings as painless as possible. Don’t start probate proceedings alone.

Contact us for additional information on how we can help you.

Why Choose Us

We have been around since the ’90s. When it comes to legal documents, experience does matter!

We don’t charge by the hour. One flat fee covers it all – know upfront what you spend.

No matter how much marketing we do, the majority of our new customers comes from referrals. That should tell you something!

Take the stress out of the equation. Let a professional handle your legal matters.

“I Should Have Come here first!” – That’s a line we hear all the time. And it’s true, to know us is to love us!

We are independently owned. No corporate red tape here. Call one of the stores in our directory, and chances are the owner will pick up the phone. We care about what we do, and it shows: check out our 5 stars Yelp reviews.

We can do business in person, or over the phone and via e-mail. Choose the way you prefer to handle your legal matters. No matter how, you’ll be happy you did business with us!

Still not convinced!? Call us or visit us and ask us questions. We are here to help!

Common Questions

How do I know my documents will be done right?

We have successfully completed literally thousands of divorces. If the court ever needs additional paperwork, or revisions, we will take care of those for you at no additional cost. We have filed deeds in all 50 States. We have incorporated businesses in all 50 States. Hundreds of customers over the years have trusted us with their estate planning. Done right or your money back. That’s our pledge.

How much will I spend?

For some services we charge a flat fee no matter what (living trusts, quitclaim deeds, bankruptcies, etc.). For others – such as divorces – we charge a flat fee based upon your situation. Please contact us and we’ll give you a quote for us to take care of all your paperwork from beginning to end. Know what you spend upfront; we don’t bill by the hour.

I want to file for divorce. Why you and not some online service?

Online services will fill out the court forms and wish you good luck. If that’s what you want, you can go to the court and fill out the forms for free. What you get from The Document People is the peace of mind to know it’s done right. We take care of the initial petition, serving of the spouse by mail or in person at the store, the marital settlement agreement and final judgment. We even go to court for you. Take the guessing out of the equation, and let a professional take care of your court matters.

How can I make sure my Living Trust will “stand” in court?

The Document People stores chose to have an attorney draft our living trusts. We choose to do it this way so that the utmost care is taken in crafting an estate plan that you can trust. Estate planning is too important to take shortcuts…
For one flat fee, we include living trust, will, financial power of attorney, medical directive and notary. Shop around; we are confident you won’t able to find the same high quality services at a better price.

I'm confused about what to do. Can you give me legal advice?

We are not attorneys, so we cannot give legal advice. However, we have a network of attorneys we work with who can consult with you, and advice you on the legal matters you are facing. We also have local CPAs who can guide you through the sometimes confusing first steps to opening a business.

Will you help me fill out the proper forms for my divorce?

We do so much more than that! No matter what the service you need is, we will prepare the proper paperwork, file your case with the Court, and keep you informed throughout the process. 99% of our customers never have to go to court for their divorce. Remember, as long as it’s uncontested, we can help!

Our Peace of Mind Guarantee

Our biggest source of referrals are existing customers.

We don’t bill by the hour.
Know what you spend upfront.

We have filed documents in all 50 States.
Done right or your money back.

For more detailed information regarding The Document People services and locations be sure to visit www.DocumentPeople.net

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