Paralegal Service Companies and the California State Bar

If you are tempted to save money by hiring one of these cheap paralegal service companies in the Valley to solve your legal problems, you need to remember that you get what you pay for.  If you think you are saving money, then you should realize if could cost a lot more in the long run.  No one is regulating these paralegal companies in California.  They are.

For instance, in a family law/divorce case, if you are trying to be awarded spousal support on a 10 or more year marriage, you really need an attorney to make sure that the paperwork is in order and to argue your position for you in court.


1.  The paralegals will not go to court with you because they cannot go to court with you. You are on your own. Some people may be able to win this way, but most will not.

2.  The paralegals’ mistakes become your mistakes by default and there is no one to blame but yourself.

If you have a simple divorce with no children, no house, no retirement, you can get free paperwork done at most courthouses.  Why pay a paralegal service?

If you have a serious divorce with minor children, a house, retirement, longterm marriage, you definitely want to hire an attorney to represent you.  It may cost money up front, but you will gain in the long run by getting awarded more child support or spousal support and protecting your assets.