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For December, California Document Preparers is profiling Oakland office co-owners Ian Duncan and Corey Priest. Ian’s a Bay Area native who went to San Francisco State University and majored in finance. In 2007, he got his paralegal degree, became a Legal Document Assistant (LDA) and took over management of Oakland’s...

A family came into our Oakland office recently wanting to know if we could help them legally change their names. With an estimated 50% of marriages ending in divorce, blended families are not unusual, but in this case there were five people with four last names and it was the...

California Document Preparers is pleased to announce the rollout of their new website homepage. Users will notice an immediate change when they land on the homepage. “Our new interface is cleaner, making the site much easier to navigate. We’ve eliminated some of the distraction, so that our primary legal document services—Divorce,...

We’ve helped more than 5,000 clients prepare Living Trusts over the years, and if there’s anything we’ve learned, it’s that there’s a lot of confusion when it comes to these documents. Something else we’ve learned: our clients consistently tell us that the process was a whole lot easier than they...

For November, California Document Preparers is profiling John de Benedictis, in our Walnut Creek office. John was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Southern California, has lived in the East Bay for many years and now resides in Walnut Creek. John plays golf, bocce ball and bridge, and like many of...

End-of-life documents, an important part of California Document Preparers’ services, inevitably lead to discussions about other end-of-life issues—including the controversial issue of a patient’s desire to end his or her own life. The California Senate passed the End of Life Options Act earlier in the summer, yet it was tabled...

Conservator of the Person Last spring, millions of Joni Mitchell fans were shocked to learn of her collapse in her Bel Air home. Mitchell, whose popularity spans generations and demographics, was rushed to UCLA Medical Center, and there were conflicting reports about her health, that she might have a mysterious condition...

Dennis Hopper, an acclaimed director, photographer and artist, died of prostate cancer in 2010 at age 74. Hopper may be most remembered for his iconic role of Billy in Easy Rider, the movie that became the cinematic symbol of the ‘60s, an anthem to macho bravado and rebellion. He and Peter Fonda...

Several weeks ago we wrote a blog about hospice, a topic that frequently surfaces when it comes to discussions about Living Trusts and end-of-life care. Hospice offers terminally ill patients treatment focused on comfort rather than aggressive methods aimed at a cure. Hospices may be either for-profit or nonprofit--and on...

This week we’re featuring a couple, Scott and Callista, who came in to our Oakland office initially to transfer title on several rather sizeable properties. Scott wanted to add his wife’s name to the title, making them co-owners; this is a fairly simple procedure, one that we can generally execute...

When my 74-year-old neighbor, Marian, announced that she had pancreatic cancer, it was in her typically stoic British manner, “Oh, I’m afraid I have a bit of bad news.” Her cancer had metastasized and her doctors told her she had six months to live. I was stunned—Marian ate organic, hiked...

California Document Preparers’ September Employee of the Month is Brook Thurston, in our Walnut Creek office. Brook was born in Colorado, grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to California in 2008. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The PJA School in PA with an Associates Degree in Specialized Business. Like the...