Recently a woman came in to our Walnut Creek office, desperate to finalize her divorce. She had filed all of her own documents but wasn’t having any success obtaining a filed judgment from the court. She’d received a few rejection letters and was stymied—apparently there was a problem in her legal documents, but she had no idea what it was.
This couple had been through the fighting, counseling, trying to make-it-work phases and had reconciled themselves to the fact that their marriage was over. What made this case so frustrating was the fact that both parties were in agreement; they were eager to terminate their marriage and get on with their lives. The frustration of continued rejection letters was delaying their ability to heal and move on.
It’s analogous to a puzzle–finding the missing piece that has stalled the process. Fortunately, we were able to quickly identify and solve this problem, so we corrected the legal documents, submitted them to the court, they were approved and filed. We contacted our client with the good news that all of the paperwork had been successfully filed and she was finally divorced. She was so relieved that we were able to help her, thrilled to finally be getting divorced.
This is a good example of the failed do-it-yourself (DIY) legal processes that often bring people through our doors. Divorce, like many legal processes, is methodical, but there are always questions and issues that arise–divorce rarely follows the formula described in the manuals. Trying to do this yourself often results in a stalled process, leaving people feeling frustrated and at a loss about what to do. We can often step in, identify and rectify the problem and get the divorce back on track.
During this extraordinary time of COVID-19 closures, California Document Preparers is still open for business. We are continuing to operate in light of the Shelter-in-Place order, especially over the phone, via video chat, or through the website.
You may call our Oakland or Walnut Creek offices at their regular numbers and someone will answer:
Oakland: (510) 452-2320
Walnut Creek: (925) 407-1010
You can also call our Dublin office at (925) 479-9600 and you will receive a return call as soon as possible.
Our top priority is safety. We also acknowledge that many of you have expressed an urgent desire to prepare your estate documents in light of the current public health crisis. We are there for you and ready to assist.
The times have changed, but our dedication to service has not. We appreciate your continued support and wish you and your family stay well under these difficult circumstances.