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I would like to represent myself in divorce hearings but need a smart,experienced,competent
paralegal to help with court forms and procedure. Please help. W
Be careful. Depending upon what you mean, you may be breaking the law.
Check out #3, #5, #6 and #8 if you are planning to file in California.
You should be aware that under Section 6450 of the California Business and
Professions Code a paralegal may not do any of the following: '' (1)
Provide legal advice. (2) Represent a client in court. (3) Select,
explain, draft, or recommend the use of any legal document to or for any
person other than the attorney who directs and supervises the paralegal.
(4) Act as a runner or capper, as defined in Sections 6151 and 6152.
(5) Engage in conduct that constitutes the unlawful practice of law.
(6) Contract with, or be employed by, a natural person other than an
attorney to perform paralegal services. (7) In connection with
providing paralegal services, induce a person to make an investment,
purchase a financial product or service, or enter a transaction from which
income or profit, or both, purportedly may be derived. (8) Establish
the fees to charge a client for the services the paralegal performs, which
shall be established by the attorney who supervises the paralegal's work.
This paragraph does not apply to fees charged by a paralegal in a contract
to provide paralegal services to an attorney, law firm, corporation,
governmental agency, or other entity[.]''
If your concern is cost, then there are low-cost divorce assistance
centers in the Bay Area.
My soon to be ex-husband and I are in the process of doing our
own divorce, with the help of some NOLO press books. Assuming
we don't need the expertise of a lawyer or lawyer/mediator, I
would potentially like to work with someone who could fill out
the forms and file the paperwork. Has anyone worked with a good
paralegal to do this type of work? What is the typical cost?
Any advice would be appreciated!
Yes, I would like to recommend Affordable Legal Clinic Carol
Willis Paralegal, Carol is located at 1970 Broadway Suite 615
Oakland, Ca 94612 #510-268-1516.
Carol is quite efficient I just filed my divorce paper work
several weeks ago, because my spouse and I had no assets and one
minor child which will remain with me the process was easy.
Carol completed all the necessary paperwork, I was only
responsible for taking the paperwork to the court to file, filing
cost was $231.50. The cost for Carol to prepare my paperwork was
$300.00. I really liked working with Carol she was great and
very understanding being that she has been in the business for 15
years + and recently went through a divorce herself. I have
passed the 30 day process and signed off on my dissolution
documents. My divorce will be final
October 22, 2003.
Good luck! and enjoy your single lives.
The SJ Mercury News had an article recently about Online Divorces
which may be what you are looking for. It is here:
It's worth looking at.
Any facilitator's office of a family law court can help you with
divorce papers. You can pick them up and fill them out for free.
You do not need to pay someone $300 to help you! Especially if
you do not have any assets,eg a pension or a home. I run a
clinic out of the SF Facilitator's office that helps people with
their divorce. You must have minimal assets, no home and be
below a certain income guideline. The name of the program is
FLASH. Our number is (415)551-5970.
Please call, I would be happy to help.
I used a paralegal by the name of Monica Ackerman in Hayward.
She is very competent, warm and caring. Some great qualities in
a paralegal for a very unpleasant process. The name of her
business is Divorce Assistance and Mediation. Her number is 510-
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