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The loss of a loved one is a profound journey through memories and legacies, often shadowed by the complex legalities of probate. In California, navigating probate can be streamlined for smaller estates, offering solace to families during grief. The Small Estate Affidavit stands out as a beacon of hope, allowing...

Probate is a legal process that often invokes concern and uncertainty. Particularly in California, the complexities of estate distribution can be daunting. It entails the court-supervised distribution of a deceased person's assets to heirs and beneficiaries. While it serves a crucial role in ensuring assets are allocated correctly, probate in...

Living Trust – Setting it Up Doesn't Have to Be Hard Estate planning is often a daunting and overwhelming task that people put off for far too long. Topics surrounding death are difficult to discuss, and what you plan on doing with your assets after death tends to be taboo.  As legal...

What is Probate? If someone close to you dies and has a will, you might think everything will go smoothly, and assets will be distributed accordingly without any problems or questions. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. If a will is contested or there are debts to pay, the Probate process...

In 2000, California enacted new legislation authorizing non-lawyers to prepare legal documents for people performing their own legal work. Recognizing an important opportunity to make straightforward legal matters like Living Trusts and Divorce affordable to more people, Tom and Sue Goehring became licensed Legal Document Preparers and opened the Dublin office in 2003. And...

A year of Covid has taught us that we like working from home But we also like collaborating with our colleagues. This is the future of the workplace. It’s a hybrid solution. What Guideway learned about hybrid workplaces At Guideway, we initiated a hybrid model within the first week of the Covid lockdown....

Covid-19 has left many families grieving the sudden loss of their loved ones. As Guideway assists them in probating their estates, we’re sensitive to the painful loss of family members. In a best-case scenario, the Probate is uncontested by the surviving family members, the Executor settles the estate and it’s...

After more than 15 years, we decided it was time for a change. We did some research, and we learned that what our clients valued most was that we guided them through the legal process—whether Divorce, Mediation, Probate, Living Trust or Business Formation—we were there to guide them. Best of...

This is one year we’d all like to put behind us. We want our lives back. With vaccines now in distribution, we can start to fantasize about a life beyond the coronavirus. We can look forward to ballgames and concerts, parades and family gatherings. To weddings and graduations that we...

One of the sad consequences of COVID is Probate. We don’t hear much about it because it gets lost in the more immediate heartbreak of this disease. But Probates are on the rise. They are a very real consequence of dying and not having a Living Trust. When a loved...

COVID is proving to be a very cunning adversary. Experts continue to learn about and respect COVID’s nuances because it’s still the one in control. While the disease is most dangerous for the elderly and those with preexisting conditions, it transcends demographics. It’s affecting those who are healthy, athletic, young...

Shelly and Doris were retired flight attendants who lived in Lafayette. They’d never met during their careers, but now that they were retired, they’d become great friends and loved to laugh and share stories over a glass of wine. When Shelly went into the hospital for routine surgery and died from...