I have been a member of Rotary International, serving in two Rotary Clubs, since... more
I have been a member of Rotary International, serving in two Rotary Clubs, since 1993 and am committed to the ideals of Rotary, especially "Service Above Self". My husband Tom and I enjoy hiking the beautiful mountains trails all around the San Francisco Bay Area and the Lake Tahoe basin. We have taken two amazing hiking vacations in the past: one was the 50 mile High Sierra camps loop trail a... view profile
Extended Biography: Mr. Sowards' practice is focused on advising small and family... more
Extended Biography: Mr. Sowards' practice is focused on advising small and family owned businesses with their general corporate needs. Mr. Sowards also helps his clients transfer wealth from one generation to the next through living trusts, wills and other advanced planning techniques. Mr. Sowards serves as outside general counsel for numerous San Francisco Bay Area businesses. Prior to ... view profile
Doug Barnes is an attorney, licensed to practice law in the State of California, who... more
Doug Barnes is an attorney, licensed to practice law in the State of California, who is a Certified Specialist with the California Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. This field of law also includes estate and trust administration, probate litigation, and elder law. He is in his 34th year in this field of specialization. Mr. Barnes received his B.A. in Cri... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.