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anticipate contract issues

How to Anticipate Contract Issues Before You Sign (And Why You’ll Be Glad You Did)

Anticipate Contract Issues to Save Yourself a Headache When we negotiate a deal, the paperwork is intended to document the deal. If necessary, the paperwork is supposed to ensure that all parties keep their commitments. But I’ll admit it: I’m paranoid. How do I anticipate contract issues? How do I ensure enforceability? We are investing […]


Improve Your Relationship with Your Advisor

Improve Your Relationship with Your Advisor (and Improve Your Bottom Line)

Success Depends as Much on You as it does Them So you want to improve your relationship with your advisor? Is the relationship tenuous or does it feel like there are trust issues- from your end and theirs? Read on! Keep in mind that while your trusted advisor is not perfect, neither are you. Some […]


husband and wife

Life Happens, but Purchasing Disability Insurance is Intentional

Happy, without Purchasing Disability Insurance Daria and Daniel Diligent had it all figured out. Both were hard-working professionals — Daria a dentist and Daniel a pilot. Happily married and living in a beautiful home, they were raising twin girls with the peace of mind that they had planned for everything and anything. The Diligents researched […]


fraud and bad faith claims

PLUP Fiction: Not All Fraud is Sales Fraud

So far in this column, we have talked primarily about fraud committed at arms’ length by salespersons or investment advisors. These sorts of sales fraud are but two of the many flavors in the Cold Stone display of frozen, delicious deception. Today, we are going to look at a case of alleged fraud and bad […]


What a Racket

What a Racket: Tales of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion

The Protection Racket Equifax, Experian and TransUnion don’t have your back. I’ve been trying to come up with some new business ideas. It’s really hard, though. Technology is changing so fast, you know? Well, I finally came up with a good one. I’m going to start my own security firm. I’m going to install burglar […]


Real Estate Investments

Real Estate Due Diligence: A simple guide for investment properties

That said, it is critical to understand that your due diligence requirements depend on the type of asset you are investing in. Here is a short list of investment property categories to consider; each comes with a unique set of inquiries necessary to fully understand its risks and opportunities.


There is no excuse to not have a living will

Your Living Will: Are You Truly Prepared?

A living will provides, in detail, specific medical treatments you want to be used to be kept alive under various circumstances. Your living will explains how to address your pain management and your decisions regarding organ donation.


Evaluating Residential Real Estate Investments

When you select a residential property for investment, your criteria will be different than when you decide where you want to live personally. This is because investors care about cash flow and tax benefits, such as depreciation deductions that do not apply to a home.


What Is the Due Diligence Process?

Buying a business is not like buying other assets. Much of a business’ value is intangible, and many of its component parts are difficult to price correctly. A wise purchaser relies on the due diligence process for protection.


How a Buyer Finances a Business Purchase

If you want to buy (or sell) a business, you need to know what the business is worth. Once that is calculated, you need to find out how much the owner (or prospective buyer) thinks it is worth. If you can get those two numbers to line up — itself a discovery process, and an uncertain one at that — you’re going to need a way to finance the actual transaction…


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