Useful Links

Small Claims Court

For cases involving damages under $5,000.00, you can bring the claim yourself in small claims court. Small claims cases involve lower fees and the Superior Court of California provides a Small Claims Legal Advisor at no cost.

Please visit the San Diego Superior Court website for more information.


Business Formation

Besides the legal advice and counseling offered by Avatar Legal, you can gain additional knowledge on starting a business at the following sites:

SCORE offers advice, seminars and other resources for new businesses

State of California Business Portal offers guides for starting a new business and information on the various entity choices in California.

The IRS offers information on federal taxation of business entities and Employer Identification Numbers.

California State Board of Equalization offers information on state taxation of business entities.

The following pages provide city specific information on business licenses and doing business in the various cities of San Diego County.

Chula Vista
Del Mar
El Cajon
Imperial Beach
La Mesa
Lemon Grove
National City
San Diego
San Marcos
Solana Beach

Business Names and Trademarks

Avatar Legal is happy to help you establish your business name and protect your trademark rights as part of our business formation services. To learn more on your own, visit the following links for information on naming a business, reserving corporate names and registering trademarks:

County of San Diego provides information on using fictitious business names (required when a business operates under a different name than the owner or corporate name) and allows online filing of and searches for business names used in San Diego County.

California Business Portal—Corporations offers information on corporate name availability (all California corporations must have a unique name) and reserving your corporate name.

US Patent and Trademark Office allows searches of currently registered federal marks, offers FAQ on trademark registration, and allows online registration of marks.

California Business Portal—Trademarks offers information and online registration for state registration of trademarks

Real Estate Transactions

Avatar Legal provides representation to buyers and sellers in commercial and residential real property transactions. The following links provide information on recording of transactions in the county and city of San Diego.

San Diego County Assessor allows searches on property located in San Diego, and provides information for transferring title to property as well as information on property tax assessments.

San Diego City Community page provides information for homeowners and landlords about city requirements.

California Department of Real Estate has a page with information on the home buying process, on how to check the license status of real estate agents and on filing complaints regarding real estate agents.

Wills and Trusts

San Diego County Probate Court
The Probate Division manages decedents' estates, trusts, guardianship of minors, and conservatorship of adults who are unable to provide for their personal needs or manage their financial resources.

State Bar of California
State Bar of California Estate Planning information and FAQs

California Courts Self-Help Center
Information about Wills, Probate, Trusts, and Estates

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