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Anyone who grew up in a dysfunctional family understands the potential for discord when it comes to the family estate and an inheritance. But even in the closest of families, if there’s money involved, there’s room for conflict. Power of Attorney: Choose the person you can trust In Alana’s case, the dust...

A Guideway Trust client, Shirley, decided that the new year was time for making long overdue changes to her life. She made an appointment to create a Living Trust, which includes a Power of Attorney and an Advance Healthcare Directive, that she’d been putting off for years. She started doing...

You may or may not make formal New Year’s resolutions, but many of us make little promises to ourselves--to spend more time with our families, to exercise more and eat a healthier diet. To tackle that old to-do list. Creating a Living Trust tops many to-do lists. After nearly two...

My family tried for years to get my folks to create a Living Trust. While my mom was an easy sell, it was my stepfather, Charlie, who was the holdout. A retired Navy pilot, we figured it was some kind of macho-military thing. He wouldn’t listen to my mom, his...

Just about the time we thought it was safe to enjoy the holidays, omicron has popped up to spoil our fun. We kicked off the holidays just a few weeks ago with money in our pockets and high expectations. We prepped for in-person parties and planned trips to exotic locales....

Nearly two years of Covid, and the emerging variants indicate that it’s not going away anytime soon. We’ve adapted our business models and facilities to create safe environments. At Guideway, the uncertainty of this pandemic has resulted in an increase in people creating or updating their Living Trusts. A Trust...

Former Minnesota Senator Al Franken called it “giving us a leg up”. Franken was lucky; his family had enough money to send him to Harvard. His wife Franni’s family was less affluent. Yet each sibling was able to attend college, thanks to a variety of programs, including scholarships and grants,...

Let the season begin! That old excitement is back in the air. What can we expect? A white Christmas in many parts of the country. People on the move. Crowded airports and train stations. Busy restaurants. Americans happily spending money again.   Forget the “need-to-haves”. Americans are ready for the “I deserve-to-haves” Salesforce...

Who remembers last year’s Thanksgiving? Too afraid of Covid to travel, we became a nation of solitary diners hunkering down to a box of takeout, perhaps salvaging our meal with a good bottle of wine. My brother in Florida never got out of his pajamas. He watched the Macy’s parade...

As you start thinking about what belongs in your Living Trust, here are four things that often get overlooked—and can have significant, often costly consequences. Creating Joint Tenancy Assets In Living Trust conversations, joint tenancy generally refers to real estate and how you hold title to a property. If two people own...

Tom and Gina came into our Oakland office to update their Living Trust—something they regretted not doing years before. Both Tom and Gina are Covid survivors. An RN at Kaiser, Gina became sick in the early days of the pandemic, and Tom soon became infected as well. Both were in...

Employers with 5+ employees must offer a retirement program or face fines Employers may not realize that we’re inching up on the final registration deadline for the CalSavers mandate that will impact every business with five or more employees. What many small business owners still don’t know about CalSavers CalSavers (Senate Bill 1234)...