What are my options when all the money I invested is gone?

If you sense that something may be amiss on deck, don’t sit back and just hope the ship will right its course or you may lose out on valuable rights that exist to protect you, the investor. Get a consult with an attorney immediately and start to have a fall back plan and frankly an ‘attack plan’ if it’s necessary.

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What is a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund?

The final installment in our three-part series on Opportunity Zones deals with how you get invested in an Opportunity Zone and what is a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund. If you haven’t yet reviewed our previous posts on Opportunity Zones, you should check them out...

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Asset Protection and Your Short Term Rental

The explosion of the sharing economy and in particular short term rentals offers real estate investors a lucrative opportunity to generate increased cash flow.  However, with new opportunities come with new risks and nothing can be further from the truth when it comes...

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Maximizing LLC Asset Protection and Charging Orders

LLCs are frequently used to hold assets because of the availability of charging order protection against outside liabilities. Both LLCs and corporations provide asset protection for “inside liabilities,” that is, if a liability is created inside by that entity (e.g....

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Who Should be the Beneficiary of Your Life Insurance?

Life insurance is an integral part of financial and estate planning for many.   In most cases, people purchase life insurance in order to protect their spouse, children, and/or others who are financially dependent on them from becoming indigent in the event they die....

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The NCAA, Trademarks, and Your Business

The NCAA has trademarked over 70 slogans, should your business have at least one trademark? If you were to take a look at my undergraduate and law school transcripts, you’d notice one fairly obvious pattern – my grades were always better during Fall Semester than...

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Making the Most From Your Home Inspection

One of the most important due diligence items for buyers of real estate is the home inspection. Whether you plan to live in the home or whether you plan to hold it as a rental, it's a big investment and one you want to make sure you're not overpaying for or that...

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Purchasing Homeowner's Insurance- Strategies & Pitfalls

People who have read Mark Kohler’s Lawyers are Liars know that our philosophy with respect to asset protection is the “multiple barrier approaches” to put as many barriers as you can between you and someone who would sue you.  For owners of real estate, one of primary...

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Five Benefits of the Solo 401K

For many Americans, saving for retirement is like exercising or eating healthy, we know we should do it but most of us don’t.   In fact, a survey published by the Washington Post reported that over 70% of Americans are not saving enough for retirement and a study by...

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Creative Planning Options with a Revocable Living Trust

Estate planning is something most know they should do, but most American adults simply haven’t gotten it done.  In a survey available from AARP,  60% of American adults do not have an estate plan.  The number gets even higher for some minority populations.  In most...

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Til Death Do Us Part – Marriage and Asset Protection

The question of whether a spouse can be held liable for the debts of the other spouse is often asked from married  (or to be married) couples, but the answer is not uniform and depends largely on  the laws of the state where you reside. MOST STATES - COMMON LAW...

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Estate Planning 101: 5 Tips to Avoid Mistakes

As I work with small business owners and investors throughout the year, I want them to see the big picture when it comes to Estate Planning. Many misunderstand what the Estate Plan is all about and think it's simply an 'asset protection' strategy...that couldn't be...

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Legal Tips for Wholesaling Real Estate

Many real estate investors regard wholesaling as a way to learn how to evaluate deals and develop your real estate network.  It is also a method to profit from investing in real estate without requiring significant up front capital.  Wholesaling is a strategy whereby...

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Bitcoin Basics: What is Cryptocurrency?

Questions about Bitcoin have increased dramatically as investors have seen the price of Bitcoin rise from 30 cents per Bitcoin in 2011 to $2,550 per Bitcoin in July 2017. This article answers basic questions about Bitcoin and we'll have two follow-up articles...

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The Realities of Litigation

For most people involved in a dispute, declaring the words “See you in Court!!” can seem like the perfect threat or even feel therapeutic at the least. Some even presume that by stating “I’m going to sue you” is like declaring nuclear war against the other side and...

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How to Donate to Charity and Beat the Tax Man

I have a close relative who works in fund-raising for a fairly large university.  While he loves receiving large charitable donations in the form of immediately available cash or other marketable assets (such as real estate and publicly-traded stock), he knows that...

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6 Tax and Legal Tips When Investing in Real Estate

Sir Francis Bacon put it best when he said, “knowledge is power”.  Not only does he have a great last name but he gives good advice that applies to all facets of life including investing in real estate.  Whether you are new to real estate investing, or a seasoned...

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What Do I Need to Know About Title Insurance

We all know that title insurance is a necessity when purchasing real estate, but many do not have a sufficient understanding of what title insurance is really for and steps we can take to deal with title insurance companies to prevent being embroiled in a title...

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Eight Spring Cleaning Ideas for Your Business

Don’t ask me why, but my seven year-old daughter is obsessed with the cheesy early 1990’s goodness that is Full House.  Nick at Nite has scheduled a two-hour block of Danny Tanner, Uncle Jesse, Joey and the Tanner girls from 7-9 p.m. most weeknights, and my daughter...

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Alternatives for Securing Your Loans or Investments

We often advise clients who want to loan money or participate in an investment to “get adequate security” for their investment. The purpose of getting additional security for your loan is so that you have something else that you can go after if the loan goes south....

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Just "Having" an S-Corp May Not be Enough

Just “having” an S-Corporation may not be enough. It's important you make sure to reap the tax and legal benefits of your S-Corp if you're going to set one up. If you routinely read articles in this space or have heard any of our attorneys speak around the country,...

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Who's Liable- The Landlord or the Tenant?

We have many clients that own residential rental and commercial properties and lawsuits involving landlords continue to happen throughout the country, and will continue so long as someone is willing to 'rent a room' and someone is likely not to pay or damage...

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Which State's Law Applies in a Lawsuit?

We frequently hear from clients who have been told by others that they should incorporate in Nevada (or other states outside of their home state) in order to take advantage of their favorable laws.   We have seen many individuals persuaded into incorporating in a...

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