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
I have been providing legal services in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties... more
I have been providing legal services in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties continuously since 1975. I have an undergraduate degree in accounting from Indiana State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University, whereI graduated cum laude and won honors in the areas of income taxation and estate and gift taxation.I graduated from law school in 1973.I was a member of the l... view profile
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
I grew up in Riverside, Californa and Pasadena, California. I went to law school in... more
I grew up in Riverside, Californa and Pasadena, California. I went to law school in Eugene, Oregon and then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996. I now divide my time between San Jose and Chico.
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.