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
Michael E. Lonich, managing partner of Lonich and Patton, LLP has nearly 30 years... more
Michael E. Lonich, managing partner of Lonich and Patton, LLP has nearly 30 years experience as a trial lawyer, beginning his career representing a wide range of businesses and individuals. His practice currently focuses on business matters, probate and estate planning. Michael serves as a mediator or arbitrator upon request, particularly in support of the firms family law practice. After many ... view profile
I am an experienced Silicon Valley estate planning attorney with clients in San Jose... more
I am an experienced Silicon Valley estate planning attorney with clients in San Jose , the South Bay, and throughout the Bay Area. 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 they have in arranging their affairs to take care of their families when they are no longer able to d... 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 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.
Minda B. Parrishis aCertified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Lawby... more
Minda B. Parrishis aCertified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Lawby the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specializationwith more than 25 years of experience in the areas of estate planning, probate, conservatorships, trust administration, and elder law. She received her law degree from Santa Clara University in 1983. Minda is dedicated and committed to providing ca... view profile
A trust is an arrangement whereby someone owns and manages money or property for another person's benefit. Like a guardianship, a trustee has decision-making authority over the trust property, but no court is involved in the trustee's action–the person who creates the trust defines the scope of the trustee's power. There are many different trust types, including probate trusts, income trusts, spendthrift trusts, and educational trusts. For example, a living trust allows you to manage your property while you are alive and to direct who will manage it if you become incapable of doing so. In essence, you choose your own “guardian” in advance and avoid having the court do it for you. A trust attorney reviews the many reasons for establishing a trust with you, and can ensure your trust will be legally valid.