1996 – After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree and paralegal certificate, Annette Gomez started working independently as a freelance paralegal in her business, formerly known as Legal Action.

1997 – In response to the growing number of self represented litigants, California introduces Family Law Facilitators to the courts to offer free attorney services. Self Help departments opened in all the family law courts offering classes and other forms of help to the public.

1998 – California became the first state to create and formally regulate what is now known as the legal document assistant profession. Annette Gomez was the 4th person in Riverside county to register under the new law.

2008 – Annette Gomez became a real estate broker and later started G&G Real Estate with her husband, Robert Gomez who manages and works in the real estate business. It’s been a great fit for many Just Doc Prep clients who have benefitted from this “one-stop shop”.

2010 – After earning his MBA, Joel Smith, Annette Gomez’s son, joins the staff and elevates the business to a new level with cutting edge technological practices. He has since moved on to his own business, Launchpad Legal Marketing, LLC.

2010- The California courts opened public access to court cases online, including divorce, civil matters, probate and more.

2020 – The pandemic changed the way the courts work. Most cases are filed electronically and hearings take place via telephone and zoom. Although the clerk’s office and courtrooms are open again, much work continues to be done electronically. Just doc Prep offices now does a large share of work online or over the phone, saving client’s time.

What’s to come: The California state bar association is working on a new program where  paraprofessionals will be able to provide legal advice and, in some instances, represent parties in court.

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