Our rates for parties who represent themselves are generally as follows:

Evictions & Unlawful Detainers

$65    Notice – 3, 15, 30, or 60 Day Notice – No charge if part of eviction package
$550    Eviction/Unlawful Detainer – Possession Only
$150*   Typing service – answers to discovery, response to demurrers, etc.
$150    Rush. It takes a few days to prepare documents for most cases, but we charge a bit extra and stay after hours for clients who need to have their documents prepared immediately.

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

$85    Routine Service – 3 to 7 days
$95    Rush Service – 1 to 3 days
$120    Ultra Rush  – Within 24 hours
$160    NOW!  – Within two hours
$50    Declaration of Due Diligence
(Other cities usually have similar rates depending on the availability of process servers)

Service includes at least three attempts, at different times of the day, to serve the party at their home, work, and other known places the person frequents.

* 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.

Covid Discount

To help stop the spread of Covid, we encourage clients to stay home and stay safe.  We give a 10% discount to clients who allow us to serve them without in person meetings.  We can complete all of your paperwork over the phone, through e-mail, or through video conference, and you can even sign documents electronically.

Instructions for making payments can be found here

If you need other types of paralegal work, we are happy to send you to our friends.  We work with paralegals who specialize in multiple other areas of the law: