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.
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 am an experienced Silicon Valley trusts and estates attorney with clients in San... more
I am an experienced Silicon Valley trusts and estates attorney with clients in San Jose , the South Bay, and throughout the Bay Area. My practice includes estate planning, estate administration, and trust and estate litigation. I love working with clients to prepare an estate plan uniquely suited to their needs and circumstances. I help my clients navigate some of the difficult choices ... view profile
Welcome to Steve Rudd's Cupertino law office! Steve Rudd is a qualified, experienced... more
Welcome to Steve Rudd's Cupertino law office! Steve Rudd is a qualified, experienced and affordable estate planning attorney whose solo law practice has been limited to writing trusts and wills, administering trusts, and probating estates for over twenty five years.
Jennifer Mispagel became an associate at Lonich & Patton, LLP in November 2008. She... more
Jennifer Mispagel became an associate at Lonich & Patton, LLP in November 2008. She focuses her practice on Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate. Jennifer received her Juris Doctorate and her Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in 2008. After completing her first year at Santa Clara University School of Law, Jennifer spent a summer in Tokyo studying the Japanese le... 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.