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This Lawsuit Goes to 11: Fraud and the Economic Loss Rule

The “This is Spinal Tap” Lawsuit If you’ve never seen This is Spinal Tap, close your browser immediately and watch. The 1984 “mockumentary” about a fictitious British rock band touring America belongs on the Mount Rushmore of movie comedies. It birthed a new style of storytelling, and it is impossible to imagine The Office, Parks and […]


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Understanding the Language of the American Federal Legal System

Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a similar article published in November of 2015. To view the original, click here. Americans take great pride in saying that ours is a nation of laws, not people. But resting on this laurel is dangerous. Laws are written, enacted, interpreted, changed, and enforced (or not) by […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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.


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