Our rates for parties who represent themselves are generally as follows:
Evictions & Unlawful Detainers
$85 Notice – 3, 15, 30, or 60 Day Notice – No charge if part of eviction package
$550 Eviction/Unlawful Detainer – Possession Only
$350 Answer to Eviction/Unlawful Detainer
The court charges a $240 filing fee, which can be waived. We do not charge for assisting with the request for fee waiver. Check the court’s webpage for current filing fees.
Process Service in Bakersfield
$65 Routine Service – 3 to 7 days
$75 Rush Service – 1 to 3 days
$100 Ultra Rush – Within 24 hours
$140 NOW! – Within two hours
(Other cities usually have similar rates depending on the availability of process servers)
We offer a 10% discount to first responders, nurses, and active members of the military. If you are happy with our services, leave us a good five star review and get 10% off the fee for your next document.
Instructions for making payments can be found here
We also have paralegals who specialize in other areas of the law:
Divorce & Family Law Matters:
$540 Divorce – Summons, Petition, Request for Default and Fee Waiver. Short declaration disclosure included.
$360 Divorce Response – Response and Fee Waiver
$200 Divorce Amendment
$85 At Issue Memorandum
$150* Interrogatories or Answer to Interrogatories
$150* Marital Settlement Agreement
$210 Summary Dissolution – If the marriage lasted less than five years, the parties have no children together, and the parties have no assets or liabilities to divide, the marriage may be dissolved with using a summary dissolution. Each party pays $210 ($420 total) and signs the summary dissolution.
$150* Declaration and Disclosure
$450 Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship
$650 Petition to Terminate Parental Right
$520 Domestic Violence Restraining Order – Always prepared as a rush job.
$560 Ex Parte request for order – Always prepared as a rush job
$400 Request for Spousal Support, Child Support, or Other Order
$120 Additional Order Requests
$150* Other family law pleadings
$75 Additional consultation or phone call – check dates, check case status, obtain extra copies, etc.
$350 Sealing Order, Petition to Dismiss, Petition to Reduce Charges, etc. – First case. $150 Each additional case
$350 Quash restraining order
$850 Guardianship package
$250 Each additional child
Other Civil Matters
$530 Civil Restraining Order
$425 Summons and Complaint – Limited Civil
$150* Other civil pleadings, answers to discovery, etc.
$350 Includes California Statutory Will, Power of Attorney, and Advanced Healthcare Directive with notarization and witnesses
$15 Per signature on Jurat or Acknowledgement
* This is an hourly rate for typing and formatting
All fees are flat rate except fees that include an asterisk*. Those fees are charged hourly because preparation time is almost completely dependent on the parties and not on the paralegals. Fees do not include court fees, Sheriff’s Department fees, or any other fees that may be charged by a third party. The court clerks often reject pleadings for minor issues. It would be highly unlikely for us to make an error in pleadings, but we do not charge for correction of our errors.