Joel Smith

About Joel Smith

Joel began serving Just Document Preparation clients in 2002. After completing his undergraduate studies at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and California Baptist University in Riverside, he began to improve procedures and update technology to make the team of legal document assistants, and the business more efficient and convenient for clients. While opening a second office in Murrieta for our team of legal document assistants to provide services, and helping to manage the Riverside office, he earned his MBA at California Baptist University in 2011. In his academic and career pursuits, Joel has earned several distinguished honors and awards. Joel’s knowledge of business and the legal document assistant procedures, coupled with his drive and ability to quickly gain the confidence and respect of others has made him a valuable asset to the company and the community. Bonded and Registered Legal document Assistant: LDA#230, Riverside County.

How to Check Probate Notes in Riverside County

Probate notes are a written record posted on the Riverside County court website by the probate examiner for all probate cases in Riverside County. The probate examiner reviews the filed probate documents and publishes notes about the filing before each hearing. The notes will include general statements about the purpose of the hearing. In some cases “deficiencies” will be noted, which are requests for additional documents or clarification of documents filed. The deficiencies will need to be addressed before the hearing to avoid a delay. Once notes are posted, they might be updated, so it’s important to be aware of […]

How Much Does It Cost To File A Probate In Riverside County?

There are different fees for filing a probate case in Riverside County depending on the type of probate case being filed.  Here is a list of fees:

Petition filing fee: Filing a Petition for Probate, Spousal or Domestic Property Petitions, and Petitions to Determine Succession to Real Property all have a filing fee of $450 payable to the Riverside Superior Court. The filing fee for the Petition for Probate will be paid twice, once when the first petition is filed and again when the final petition is filed.

Court reporter fee: When the petitions listed above are filed, a mandatory hearing will […]

DUI Attorney in Riverside

Where to go when you need a DUI Defense Attorney in Riverside – Many times we have people call and are looking for some aspect of DUI Defense within Riverside County. The scope of our business with regards to DUI is limited to post conviction “Request for Dismissals”, commonly referred to a Expungments. This process is typically done well after a DUI conviction has been entered into a County Court’s system. Request for Dismissals are usually done after all fines and restitution have been paid as well as terms of probation satisfied.

When looking for professional DUI defense at the beginning […]

Pension Plan Division with The Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust

The Teamsters union is one of the top 10 largest employee unions in the United States representing workers from various industries. Like other major employee unions, they offer and manage pension plan accounts for their members. The Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust, which covers 13 Western states, is the largest area-wide multiemployer pension plan in the United States. Local offices can be found here.
Pension Division Of A Western Conference Of Teamsters Pension Plan
During a divorce, property rights are often determined. Sometimes the most valuable asset is a pension plan. The pension plan is either awarded to one person or […]

A Man On A Mission – Who Is Steve Clark?

Most recently, spousal support has become a local debate in Huntington Beach. A localdivorcee is on a mission to end spousal support in California. A man named Steve Clark claims the $100,000 legal battle he experienced with his ex-wife over spousal should have been spent on his daughter’s education, not legal fees. Clark is currently spearheading a campaign to end spousal support in California. In an effort to advance the cause, Clark’s organization has drafted suggested legislation that changes California’s current spousal support statute to be nonexistent, except in cases of stay at home mothers, whose situations should be judged […]