“I have been looking for this for years. It is an excellent resource for beginning lawyers and secretaries and answers most questions on California procedure as well as including applicable forms.”
— Marlene Hazelwood
“California Legal Secretary is the most complete reference book I have yet to see in my 12 years as a legal secretary.”
— J. Monroe, Costa Mesa, CA
Filing procedures are seldom found in either traditional practice guides, or on the Web. Colleagues with experience in the area may be unavailable. Courts clerks are hard to reach.
When you need ready and reliable answers to procedure questions, turn to Marlene Hazlewood’s California Legal Secretary. Written specifically for those who have to quickly prepare and file legal documents, California Legal Secretary contains:
- Concise statements of procedure
- Completed forms
- Detailed completion and filing instructions
Hundreds of attorneys and paralegals own and rely on California Legal Secretary. They use the book to quickly find the specific nuts and bolts how-to information that is seldom found in traditional practice guides. Here, in one affordable book, are detailed procedures and model forms to speed and simplify your court filings and transactions:
1. Detailed procedures
Dozens of procedure checklists are provided, each cross-referenced to the applicable forms. You receive specific, step-by-step instructions:
- Content and format of pleadings, discovery documents, motions and briefs
- How to file all types of forms
- Service requirements
- Deadlines and fees
2. Model forms
Hundreds of completed forms are supplied – in both print and digital formats – for the most common types of litigation and transactions:
- California and federal civil litigation
- Family law
- Real property
- Wills and probate
Hundreds of Step-by-Step Guidelines
Written in plain English, with no confusing statutory language or legalese, the instructions are given in quick-reading outline format with no extra law to wade through—only the rules and procedures you need. The forms are completed so you know what to place where, and memory-prodding checklists keep you from omitting any key steps. California Legal Secretary will help you to:
- File suit against a public entity
- Commence an unlawful detainer action
- Execute disclosure and discovery documents
- Commence workers’ compensation proceedings
- And much, much more!
For a complete and comprehensive guide to California legal procedures, turn to California Legal Secretary. Find definitions, background information, step-by-step guidelines, statement of procedure and plenty of sample forms to help you file documents correctly the first time.
REVISION 23 HIGHLIGHTS
When you have to quickly prepare and file legal documents, turn to California Legal Secretary for reliable guidance. Recent key developments covered in this edition include:
- California Rules of Court, rule 3.670 amended to provide additional service requirements for the Notice of Intent to Appear by Telephone (form CIV-020).
- Code of Civil Procedure § 430.41 amended to impose meet and confer requirements on parties before filing a demurrer.
- Code of Civil Procedure §2025.220 amended to require disclosure on deposition notices of contracts between the noticing party, or a third party financing all or part of the action, and the court reporter or company providing the court reporter.
- The time to serve a defendant under Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 4(m) is reduced from 120 days to 90 days.
- Scheduling conferences in federal court can no longer be held by telephone, mail, or other means.
- Requests for production may be delivered before the Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 26(f) scheduling conference and responses are due 30 days after the date of the first scheduling conference.
- Effective July 1, 2016, Family Code§§5.92 and 5.151 regarding requests for temporary orders and temporary emergency (ex parte) orders are amended to specify the required forms and filing procedures.
- Business and Professions Code §17913 requires a notarized Affidavit of Identity to accompany all Fictitious Business Name Statements and agents filing on behalf of a registrant must show valid identification and complete an Agent Form verifying authorization to file the statement.
Plus 6 updated sample forms