200 Redwood Blvd., Suite 403
Novato, CA 94945

Tel: (415) 897-5678, ext. 135
Fax: (415) 897-5030

Douglas G. Paul, CPA, through the firm of Ghirardo CPA, offers accounting services dedicated to the diligent management of your personal finances, your tax requirements, and your retirement and estate planning needs.

Douglas G. Paul was the proprietor of Douglas G. Paul & Associates, Certified Public Accountants, an accounting firm which specialized in the tax areas of closely held business, real estate, trust, estate and family wealth planning, as well as return preparation and business advisory services. The firm's emphasis was on assisting clients with of their financial needs. We always thought that it was important to consult with clients during the year for purposes of minimizing tax consequences and maximizing financial benefits. On January 1, 2004 Doug merged his firm into the Novato firm of Ghirardo CPA, forming a 40-person organization which continues the culture expressed above.

Mr. Paul has been a financial advisor and quasi-controller to numerous closely held entrepreneurial companies, some from pre-incorporation days through acquisition, merger negotiation or initial public offering. He has assisted these enterprises to varying degrees with his expertise in business expansion, bank financing, financial reporting, budgeting, tax planning and research, employee incentive programs, succession planning and minority shareholder buyouts, as well as providing them with referrals to a well-developed network of professional contacts with bankers, attorneys, stock brokers, insurance agents, etc., to whom he can refer his clients as part of his advisory services.

Mr. Paul has been a CPA since 1972, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the California Society of CPAs, and the Marin Estate Planning Council. His past experience includes positions with Arthur Andersen & Co., the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and partnership in a Marin County CPA prior to opening his firm in 1985. He is now an independent contractor to Ghirardo CPA, and continues to serve his clients with the expanded staffing of this larger organization.

Mr. Paul graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a AB in Economics, and an MBA in Finance. He subsequently received a Master in Taxation from the Golden Gate University.

He is on board of the Marin Estate Planning Council, the Board Emeritus of the Marin branch of the San Francisco YMCA, the Redwood High School Scholarship Foundation, is past Chair of the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation, and is a former board member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marin, Inc.

The combined firm has a wide variety of clients. We love the challenge and thrive on finding creative solutions to financial problems. If we can be of service to you, or you know someone who is looking for a "hand-holding" CPA, please let us know.

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