My name is Julie Richardson, and I am the attorney/owner of Legal Pathways in downtown Modesto. I’ve been a lawyer for almost 15 years now, but a small business owner for only a bit more than a year. I’m also a recent transplant to the Central Valley from the Bay Area, so starting a new venture in a new place has been quite an adventure!
After a year of owning and operating Legal Pathways, I can say that being a small business owner is a wonderful, scary, overwhelming, crazy, fulfilling, exciting roller-coaster ride! However, I can also say that it is a wonderful way of life, and I can attribute much of my office’s success to our involvement with the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. We joined the Chamber as soon as we opened our doors, knowing that a local community’s Chamber of Commerce is a wonderful and important resource.
What the Chamber has done is welcome us with open arms and given us an opportunity to network, become part of the community, and in turn welcome others as they join! Right from the start we felt like we were accepted into and encouraged to participate in the business life of this wonderful city. We participated in the Welcome Team from the very beginning of our membership with the Chamber, and attended many ribbon-cuttings, before- and after-hours, and even gave a seminar through Chamber U. Through these activities, we’ve met referral partners, clients, and friends, and we are always eager to meet more, so please don’t be shy about reaching out to us!
A little about our office – we provide estate planning services, such as setting up wills, trusts, advance healthcare directives, and other related documents. What I like to say about estate planning is that it is a gift that we give those we love – when a person’s estate plan is needed, that person isn’t going to be around or aware, and it is that person’s loved ones who will be left holding the bag and trying to sort things out at a time of grief and confusion. There’s no better gift to give those you love than the gift of peace of mind, assuring that your wishes are clear and that your affairs can be handled without conflict or court involvement.
We focus on providing excellent, caring client service at fair prices, and it is always completely free to meet with me to discuss the possibility of setting up an estate plan. I would love to hear from any of you to set up an appointment to see how I can serve you, or how our businesses could help each other. I also offer free, highly-rated seminars on estate planning to the employees or customers of local businesses (we are happy to schedule a “lunch and learn” for your employees – we will provide the lunch!), or to any other group of four or more. You can reach us at 209.529.1085, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you at a Chamber event soon!