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During the COVID-19 crisis, we at Guideway Legal Documents & Mediation Services have been busy helping people ensure their loved ones are covered should something terrible happen. And though this worldwide health crisis is thankfully beginning to wind down, Guideway is still here to help you make provisions for your family's wellbeing...

While COVID has been devastating for business, it’s also taking a toll on relationships. The stress of being together 24/7, trying to homeschool the kids while managing their own workloads can create volatile situations. In many cases, there’s additional stress when partners work in essential, high-risk jobs where they’re exposed...

If your kids need help, these are the documents you may need Sending kids off to school in the fall has always been an important ritual that marks the changing seasons. It’s an exciting time for kids: A time for learning, social development and a growing independence. Parents are just glad...

It’s been three months since we began sheltering in place. We assumed we’d be back to our happy little routines within a few weeks. How naïve we were. We now know that our happy little routines will be disrupted for a long time to come. Along the way we’ve learned that:   There’s...

A New York Times article regarding one couple’s discussions about moving to a retirement home brought back memories of my own parents’ ongoing dialog. My folks were in their mid-eighties, still healthy and active, but their three-bedroom home on a Florida lakeshore was becoming a burden. After a lifetime of shopping...

The holidays are over, and many Bay Area couples will begin working through the details of their Divorces. January historically has the highest number of Divorce filings. The paperwork, parenting plansand division of assets never get any easier. And this year, the changes from the GOP tax plan could add another layer...

For parents considering divorce, their already busy lives just ratcheted up a few notches. They’re now worrying about the economics, whether they’ll need to sell the family home; they’re wondering how they’ll manage being a single mom or dad. Most of all, they’re worried about how divorce will affect their...

Whether you’re in the process of getting a Divorce or still just thinking about it, you understand the toll that it will take on you and your family. Divorcing couples are faced with the stark reality that they will be starting a new life as a single person, often a...

Abby’s mother died in a tragic automobile accident in January. She had never prepared a Living Trust because, like many people, she assumed that this was something she’d have plenty of time for when she grew old. An only child, Abby would be the Administrator of her mother’s estate When Abby came...

If you’re thinking about divorce, you’re likely agonizing over your decision. While you’d love to be living without the constant bickering and tension that you know are affecting your kids, divorce would likely mean making some economic sacrifices. Living in the Bay Area is expensive, and you’ve built a life...

A woman came into our Walnut Creek office because she simply wanted to get divorced. She had begun divorce proceedings many months before with a divorce attorney who had come highly recommended, but she was frustrated with the process, the delay and the mounting costs. She had to constantly remind him...

Susan Lenser joined California Document Preparers’ Walnut Creek team in the fall of 2016. She grew up in Orinda and graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Her first job out of college was that of TV news reporter for NBC in Idaho Falls,...