California Real ID: Residents Forced to Legally Change Their Name

Were you one of the 3.1 million Californians who have already obtained a California Real ID? Whether you are or are not, you should pay close attention – according to the Department of Homeland Security, the application process for obtaining a California Real ID was incorrectly conducted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. So what does this mean for you? For starters, if you have already obtained a California Real ID, you will need to supplement your already submitted, (and approved), application with additionally required documents. If this is your first time applying for a Real ID, however, being […]

LIVING TRUST AMENDMENTS – What You Should Know

What is a living trust amendment and do you need one? A living trust amendment is a document signed by the trustee(s) in front of a notary public that revises certain parts of the original living trust, but leaves the remainder of the living trust in full force and effect. […]

ANOTHER REASON TO AVOID PROBATE

There are so many reasons people want to help keep their loved ones out of probate court. The expenses, the public nature of the process, from the newspaper publication, the documents open for anyone to see at the courthouse and the courtroom hearings are the main reasons. Then there is the length of time it takes to go through it. Well, that time it takes to get through the probate process just got extended in more ways than one.

When the petition for probate is initially filed, the first hearing should be set for approximately 30 days ahead. A long time […]

How Much Does the California Court Charge for Process Serving Documents

With almost every court proceeding in California, documents need to be served on the other party(ies) after they are filed with the court clerk. The California Courts website describes in depth more about the process serve and the requirements to complete it here. The most common type of process serve complete is known as a “Personal Serve”, in which someone physically hands the filed court documents to the other party. That person who gives the documents to the other party completes, signs and files the Proof of Service as verification with the court clerk.

So how much does the court charge […]

Do I have to Go to My Court Hearing in Riverside County

Many people in California assume that when they set up a court hearing, they are required to attend. In many cases this is true, but there are hearings that do not require an appearance. If there are any questions, you will want to confirm with the court clerk when you are filing your documents. They can let you know specifically for your hearing, the requirements for attendance. Below we will identify some of the possible variables that might not require you to be physically present in court.

First, it is important to note that with the court “a required appearance” doesn’t […]