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95% Chance You’ll Divorce If…

Written By: Gary Fales  |  November 12, 2014
If you marry someone who is 20 years younger or older than you, then you have a 95% chance of divorcing according to the Department of Economics at Emory University.  As an attorney who helps folks protect their wealth I have a simple suggestion: don’t divorce.  If that’s not possible,

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In a Divorce, Commission Checks Get Split Unless…

Written By: Gary Fales  |  November 11, 2014
LEARN MY FOUR SIMPLE RULES OF COMMUNITY PROPERTY AT MY FREE REAL ESTATE CE CLASS My students tell me they love the section I teach on Community Property.  I break down the complex laws to four simple rules to remember to protect your clients from losing everything in a divorce.  Plus,

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Death is 100% Certain

Written By: Gary Fales  |  November 3, 2014
That may sound strange coming from an Estate Planning Attorney, but I want to help you focus on what matters most.  Yes, we should do what is reasonable to protect ourselves from losing our assets in a lawsuit.  However, I meet so many folks that want to prepare for a

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Use LLC to Keep Your Name Off Real Estate

Written By: Gary Fales  |  October 29, 2014
I often get calls about how to own real estate so that your name doesn’t appear on the real estate chain of title. Here’s how. 1. You must buy it in cash. 2. Form LLC and open a bank account. 3. Put the money for the purchase of the property

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Having Fun While Teaching “Truth Seeking” to Our Kids

Written By: Gary Fales  |  October 26, 2014
This year, my wife, Christine, and I have started taking our six children to visit other churches with three goals in mind.  First, we wanted our children to understand other people’s beliefs to help them understand how much we all have in common together.  Next, we wanted to have fun together

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No, I’m Not Taking Your Assets

Written By: Gary Fales  |  October 23, 2014
So I was speaking with my assistant, Mike Garcia, and he told me a common concern he’s hearing is that some folks think that forming a trust means you are signing away possession of the assets to us.  Quite the opposite. Even if I was someone who wanted to take

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Nolo Trusts

Written By: Gary Fales  |  October 22, 2014
Once I had a person come see me who wanted me to review a trust prepared by Nolo. I said, “no.” He was taken back by that but I explained Nolo is no a law firm.  They are not attorneys.  They printed out a form for you to fill in.

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Blended Family Nightmare

Written By: Gary Fales  |  October 22, 2014
Factual Situation Wife has a child from another marriage. She is married to her current husband for 18 years. Husband doesn’t consider her son to be his son. Husband and wife hold real estate in joint tenancy. Husband promises to give the home to the son. Husband says that they

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