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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...

A longtime client called us recently to see if we do Probate, which we do. His father has just been killed in a freak boating accident, and despite the urging of his three children over the years, he’d started—but never completed--a Living Trust. He’d laughed it off, believing that there...

A brother and sister came into our Oakland office, seeking our advice on what to do about their mother, who had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. They were most concerned about getting an Advance Healthcare Directive and Power of Attorney so they could make decisions for their mother once she...

A client recently came in to our Walnut Creek office to prepare her Living Trust. She’d been diagnosed with breast cancer, and while both she and her doctors were optimistic about her long-term prognosis, the disease created a sense of urgency, causing her to think about her life, her priorities...

To recognize the strides this country has made to accommodate those with disabilities, we’d like to draw attention to this week’s milestone—the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990. The Justice Department has played an...

California Document Preparers does a lot of Divorces. They’re never easy—the legal dissolution of a relationship that once held so much promise is always painful. Virtually all of our clients struggle with feelings of loss, failure and bitterness. There are always financial issues, and if there are children, there is...

On Saturday, we celebrate the 4th of July—time for fireworks, barbecues, parades--and giving thanks I’ve traveled enough to know that Americans don’t necessarily have a corner on quality of life. The French and other cultures enjoy short workweeks and a month of vacation every year. We work too hard and often...

It’s wedding season—time for celebrations, gifts, friends, family and endless photo opps. But something that’s becoming a more frequent part of wedding planning these days—Prenuptial Agreements. So who needs a Prenuptial Agreement? Young married couples without property or investments probably don’t need a Prenup—there are no assets to protect from the other...

After a long recession, it’s a relief to see economic recovery. One way we measure small business growth at California Document Preparers is with the number of people coming into our offices to change their business entity from that of a sole proprietorship to that of a corporation. Many of...