Uncontested Divorce in Oakland California
If you’re looking for an uncontested divorce in Oakland California, your best option is online divorce. Online divorce is cost effective and convenient. It empowers you in your own divorce because it enables you to input all of the critical data in your divorce into your own online divorce interview from the comfort of your home or office. You don’t step into an office full of strangers and get handed a 50-page questionnaire to complete by hand. Modern online divorce apps crunch the huge amount of data and paperwork involved in a California uncontested divorce.
However, your choice of an online divorce provider will be a difficult one. There are many factors to consider before making your decision. Many of those factors are not intuitive to most people.
Beware of the Numerous Small Frauds in Online Divorce
You should look carefully at what each online divorce provider’s website promises. For example, does it tell you that they will prepare “all state approved forms?” That may sound like a positive feature – unless you know that almost every divorce in California will require some local county forms as well. So sites that say “all state approved forms” are telling you that they don’t prepare local county forms. They are telling you that they only provide a partial service, but Oakland divorce consumers will naturally think that preparing “all state approved forms” sounds great. That is how tricky online divorce providers can be.
Beware also of getting sucked into hiring an online divorce company that tricks you into seeing “if you qualify.” Here’s a clue. If you’re alive and have the fee, you qualify. What the tricky ones do is get you to click to see if you qualify. They will then begin to ask you a sequence of 10 or 12 questions, with only one or two questions per page. No questions will be difficult. It will seem very easy. Then you will be offered the payment button. You will think everything looks easy and heck, you’ve already given them some personal information. So you pay, because you really really want it to be this easy, and then they hit you with the other 98% of the online interview and the dozens of very difficult questions.
Beware of Old Frauds in Online Divorce
Beware of Big New Frauds in Online Divorce
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Pay Attention to Client Testimonials – But Only Real Ones
A major positive hiring factor we stress at NetDivorce is existing client testimonials. Genuine testimonials from real clients are valuable to the Oakland divorce consumer because they provide a reasonably reliable idea of what to expect from the online divorce provider in your case. The consistent experiences of actual clients getting a divorce in California is a good indicator of what you can expect when you get your own divorce in Oakland.
However, client testimonials is also a major area of fraud by online divorce providers. One old example of client testimonial fraud is that the provider will ask the client for a testimonial literally 10 minutes after the client has signed up. The client has no idea yet what the provider’s service will be like, but they are scared not to provide a good testimonial in case the provider punishes them by screwing up the case. At NetDivorce, even if an existing client sends us a compliment in an email, we only publish testimonials from clients who have already completed their cases and have had the full experience of our service.
So how do you know which testimonials are real? Well, the best answer is to use your gut. Your intuition will usually be right.
A dead giveaway to fake client testimonials is their length. So if you see dozens of client testimonials, whether they are listed on the online divorce company’s own website or on a testimonial service’s website and ALL of them, or almost all of them, are 5 -15 words long, those aren’t real. Real people don’t write testimonials in that number of words and real testimonial services don’t limit customers to 5 or 15 words. It is highly likely that these are not legitimate reviews by real clients. These are likely to have been written by the employees of the online divorce company.
In conjunction with looking at the testimonials, always check the Better Business Bureau pages of online divorce providers. Here is a table of the three biggest client testimonial frauds in the online divorce business.
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All of these online divorce companies have F ratings at the BBB and dozens of BBB complaints. So when you look at their testimonials and you see that they have a 4.8 (or similar) star rating from an out-of-country testimonial service or that their negative testimonials are only 2% of the total, you know something’s wrong. Online divorce companies that have dozens or hundreds of BBB complaints just don’t have a 4.8 star testimonial rating from a legitimate US-based testimonial service.
Another way to tell when you are looking at fake testimonials is when you scroll through hundreds of them on a dated list. When you see that for weeks there are 2 to 5 testimonials every single day and then they just stop suddenly and there are no testimonials for weeks or months. What did they do? Fire the testimonial company? If they did, they wouldn’t continue to have the testimonial company featured on their website. What’s likely happened here is that the online divorce company paid someone on Fiverr or similar to write a few hundred fake testimonials across a few weeks or months. The job is done and they’ve stopped writing fake testimonials. So there are big gaps in the dated list of alleged testimonials. At some point, they’ll buy more fake testimonials and the dated list will start again. If it doesn’t look like a “natural” sequence of real testimonials, it’s not. We’ve noticed that this happens a lot in the alleged “testimonial” list of getdivorcepapers.com.
Look here for an example of mydivorcepapers.com using its own client testimonial company to trick you. You read that right – it uses a testimonial website it either owns or controls. Mydivorcepapers.com is the only “customer” of the fake testimonial site. Mydivorcepapers.com writes their own testimonials. The way they were caught red-handed is kinda funny, until you realize that you, the Oakland divorce consumer are the target. And yes, Mydivorcepapers.com still uses this fraud at the time of this writing (November 2017) and at the time this article was last updated (April 2019).
What do Real Online Divorce Testimonials Look Like?
NetDivorce is the premier online California divorce specialist. NetDivorce and its pre-internet company, California Legal Assistance Centers, has been handling divorce in California since June 1, 1981.
Following is an example of a real client testimonial from a real person who has actually experienced our complete service. We use Business Consumer Alliance as our client testimonial service. The reason we like them is that they actually call the client and ask probing questions as well as asking them to answer written questions that are developed for the online divorce niche. Our reviews are not 8 or 15 word blurts that tell you nothing. They are extended reviews that cover specific points that the client experienced with NetDivorce. In other words, Business Consumer Alliance exercises skill in putting together a complete picture of NetDivorce through our testimonials. BCA knows what you want to know and extracts that information from the client and puts it into the testimonial. There is no comparison between the cheap fake testimonials on most online divorce providers’ sites and those on NetDivorce.
The review below is particularly strong on what most people think about divorce before they begin the process and how that differs to what they find out after they’ve hired an experienced and competent provider like NetDivorce. We think this testimonial will be of particular interest to many divorce consumers looking for a divorce in Oakland California.
BEGINNING OF TESTIMONIAL
We, at Business Consumer Alliance, would like to know how your experience was with this company by asking you the following questions:
Were all of your expectations met, and what stood out to you with respect to the services they offer?
NetDivorce not only met my expectations but they far exceeded them. I realized as I got into each step how little I knew about all that would be involved. The internet made it look like you fill out a few forms and you’re done. In reality, there are numerous forms that must be presented sequentially and properly executed. NetDivorce provided every form, in order, along with clear instructions and proactive support to guide me through the process. I was amazed.
Did they provide prompt and thorough services?
Absolutely. Each email question was answered almost immediately and it was obvious that Ed was reviewing my submissions as he would make suggestions and guide me as I submitted new paperwork. There was never any lag time and the service was beyond thorough.
What made you choose NetDivorce services over a competitor?
Of course I was attracted to their price, but that also made me wary. I read a lot of reviews and it seemed they followed through pretty well and some of the high priced ones didn’t have such a good reputation. In the end, I hoped for the best and gave the low price the try. I am so thankful. I could not imagine better, personalized service!
How would you rate your overall experience from 1 to 5 stars, 5 being best!
Would you recommend them to others, and what would your recommendation be?
Absolutely. This is a time in your life when you are stressed, there is a lot of change going on and becoming an expert in this field is not at the top of your list. Take some of the pressure off and get it done right the first time by getting help. Price does not always indicate the best quality. These guys just put a good value out there and are well worth every penny. Don’t pay more than you have to, these guys can get you through it.
Please provide any additional comments or details that would assist me with writing a thorough review.
As I said, I thought it was just a few forms, but I wasn’t quite sure. After signing up, I filled out a lengthy questionnaire that got somewhat tedious and I was wondering if it would be worth all the effort. It was more than worth the effort. Not long after completing the form, I received a completely organized packet completely filled out with detailed instructions on what to do with the documents, which were presented in order. I just worked methodically through the instructions and it went smoothly. There are two more steps like that. I had to go to the courthouse a couple of times to file paperwork, and each time as I waited I watched frazzled people trying to answer questions and shuffling through reams of paper and ultimately heading home to try to get things in order. I would step up to the window and hand the clerk my packet and she would read through it and just start stamping. Each time I was complimented on how well I had everything in order! By the court!! Every single step proceeded on the first attempt. I was so grateful, because those are days you just don’t want to repeat. NetDivorce helped me preserve my dignity in some small way on those difficult days. I am very thankful for the help.
END OF TESTIMONIAL
NetDivorce appreciated this testimonial because the client who was kind enough to provide it is herself a business owner in an extremely specialist niche. She understands how important it is to provide value for money while competing with “big boys” who are perhaps not the most honest group of competitors.
Conclusions About Divorce in Oakland California
If you face a divorce in Oakland California, online divorce is your best choice, but the task of picking the best online divorce provider is daunting. You can make the decision process easier by finding someone who will prepare ALL divorce docs, not just the state docs but the local county docs too.
Don’t click on any buttons that ask you to find out if you qualify. You do!
Don’t provide anyone online with any personal information about your marital status unless you hire that company first. If you give them personal info (your email address is always in the first info they request) and don’t hire them, they will spam you with your own personal data forever.
Hire only a company with a flat fee disclosed up-front. Don’t hire anyone that charges by the month. If you do, you can guarantee that your case will take longer than necessary.
Don’t hire anyone with an F rating at the BBB. Don’t hire anyone that uses fake testimonials.
You can do the homework or you can take my word. The above elimination process leaves you with NetDivorce ($129), CompleteCase.com ($299+) and 3StepDivorce ($299). Completecase.com’s $299 fee is for one month only. So that violates our price fraud warning, but they really are a good company. We can’t understand why they are involved in such a stupid little fraud. All 3 of these very experienced companies will do a good job for you.
What sets NetDivorce apart are:
- Our industry-low, flat fee of $129 with no ups or extras ever; this is a complete fee, NOT a monthly fee, NOT a per person fee, NOT an installment fee.
- Our 37+ years of experience in California divorce only.
- Our No-Fraud pledge
- Our real client testimonials.
Thanks for reading and I hope this has helped you along the best path.