PATRICIA J. RITCHIE
Legal Document Assistant
Solano County Reg. #130044
- AFFORDABLE SELF-HELP SERVICES
- NO CHARGE FOR INITIAL MEETING
- PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE
Did you know that in California, it is not necessary to use an attorney for a divorce? This is especially true if you and your spouse believe there is a chance of working together to reach a fair settlement.
The paperwork required by the State of California for a Divorce or Legal Separation is overwhelming for almost everybody. It is time consuming, complicated and held to rigid standards by the Courts. At your direction, we complete all the necessary paperwork and file everything in the appropriate county courthouse. You never have to worry if you have filled out the forms correctly, and you will be provided updates of the status of your paperwork.
Divorce Document Assistance offers legal document preparation services by a licensed and bonded Legal Document Assistant "LDA"). A Legal Document Assistant is authorized by California law to provide assistance with the preparation of legal forms and documents to members of the public who have chosen to retain control and represent themselves in legal matters.
The LDA has over 30 years experience preparing legal documents and forms. Using the services of Divorce Document Assistance is an affordable alternative to hiring an attorney, and our resources and experience can save you thousands of dollars.
Our office offers assistance in preparing the following documents:
- Legal Separation
- Summary Dissolution
- Domestic Partnership
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Support Orders (Child and Spousal)
- Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO)
- Requests for Orders
- Modification of Orders
The majority of attorneys charge to work on your case on an hourly basis, with the average hourly rate being between $200 and $400, and most require an initial retainer of $5,000. Attorneys with expertise in specialized areas (such as family law) may charge much more. In addition, you can expect that the attorney will also charge you at an hourly rate for paralegals and other support staff. The paralegal's time, for example, may be billed out at $100 to a $150 an hour, or perhaps more.
Our fees are based per document; not per an hourly basis as divorce attorneys charge. There are no hidden fees. Any and all personal information you provide Divorce Document Assistance with, will always remain completely confidential. We provide great customer service with 100% satisfaction.