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

Divorce & Family Law Matters:

$540    Divorce – No minor children – Summons, Petition, and Fee Waiver
$360    Divorce Response – No minor children – Response and Fee Waiver
$155    Divorce Amendment
$85     At Issue Memorandum
$150    Interrogatories or Answer to Interrogatories
$95     Default Judgement
$150    Marital Settlement Agreement -This is an hourly rate for typing and formatting.
$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
$445    Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship
$450    Petition to Terminate Parental Right
$520    Domestic Violence Restraining Order – Always prepared as a rush job.
$545    Ex Parte request for order – Always prepared as a rush job
$325    Request for Spousal Support Order – one order
$325    Request for Child Support Order – one order and one child. $100 for each additional child or order requested
$305    Request for Modification of Order – one order and one child. $100 for each additional child or order requested
$85     Service of process to a Bakersfield business address. Includes three attempts.
$125    Service of process to a Bakersfield residential address. Includes three attempts.
$150    Service of process – Same day service.
$150    Other family law pleadings

Criminal Matters

$250    Sealing Order, Petition to Dismiss, Petition to Reduce Charges, etc. – First case. $100 Each additional case
$350    Quash restraining order

Other Civil Matters

$529    Civil Restraining Order
$425    Summons and Complaint – Limited Civil


$125    Single Person
$195    Married couple

Evictions & Unlawful Detainers

$85     Notice – 3, 15, 30, or 60 Day Notice
$550    Eviction/Unlawful Detainer – Possession Only
$350    Answer to Eviction/Unlawful Detainer

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)

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.

Note: All fees are flat rate except fees that are underlined. 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.

This page does not contain rates for other services because those services are generally only performed under the direction of an attorney.


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