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CONNIE CROCKETT, Legal Document Assistant, Paralegal, Notary Public, and Owner


Having grown up in Nevada City, Connie received her paralegal certificate from Chico State University in 1986. After working with family law attorneys for the next eight years, on January 30, 1994 Connie opened S.O.S. in downtown Nevada City (originally known as Savelly’s Office Services). S.O.S. also contained a small stationary store and free self-help law library (years prior to the creation of the Nevada County Public Law Center).

Between March, 1992 and March, 2002 Connie served as the Nevada County Small Claims Advisor. She currently assists Sierra County Superior Court with guardianship matters. She has been on the board of the California Association of Legal Document Assistants (CALDA) since 2002 serving as fundraising, legislative and conference chair, and as vice-president until October, 2013.

Connie focuses primarily on divorce, custody and support modifications, setting family law matters for hearing, trial and discovery, emergency matters, and some probate matters.



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PAT KLOTZ, Legal Document Assistant, Paralegal and Notary Public


In 2009 Pat Klotz joined S.O.S., graduating from Auburn Paralegal School. .Pat is a Legal Document Assistant, registered and bonded in Placer County (Registration #2009-001). Pat is also a (traveling) Notary Public and is on-site at S.O.S. Tuesday through Thursday, aiding people with amicable divorce, qualified domestic relations orders and estate planning.












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COLLETTE SWARINGEN, S.O.S. Office Administrator


Collette Swaringen worked as a deputy sheriff with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department for 18 years and as a Criminal Investigator with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for 4 years.  After retiring, she became a licensed private investigator specializing in public safety background investigations.  She contracted with  several police, fire and dispatcher agencies in Santa Clara County and Santa Cruz County  until 2015, when she moved to Nevada County.


Collette orchestrates the administration of the office and the production of title work, and she is a notary public.