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Mervyn Braude
August 10, 2015
Can the misunderstanding of a few words literally mean the difference between life and death?  In 1977 at foggy Tenerife in the Canary islands, the captain of a KLM flight thought that the air traffic controller had cleared him to take-off. But in fact, the controller intended only to give departure instructions, not clearance for take-off. Although the language s...
Jaburg Wilk
August 6, 2015
Ego is defined a number of ways by psychologists, but in general terms, ego is an individuals sense of self-esteem or self-importance. However, being egotistical is generally considered negative, while having a high level of self-esteem is considered positive. What is the difference? An egotistical person derives his or her self-worth from external factors (feedba...
David Allen
August 3, 2015
After months of searching, you have finally found the house of your dreams, and much to your delight the Seller has accepted your offer of $500,000. You deposit your $15,000 "earnest money" with the escrow company, and an escrow is opened. As part of your "due diligence" you spend $1,000 on inspections, and in anticipation of moving, you pay a moving company a $1,5...
Jaburg Wilk
July 28, 2015
At times, we all face decisions that involve choosing between what we want to do and what we should do. The decision point often involves making more money on the one hand verses doing "the right thing" on the other hand. I relate these decision points to the old cartoons where the cartoon character would have the devil on one shoulder telling him/her what to do a...
Mervyn Braude
July 27, 2015
As with all community property, retirement assets are subject to equitable division upon dissolution. Therefore, that portion of any and all retirement assets accumulated during the course of the marriage must be divided. There are three primary forms of retirement assets – IRA (Individual Retirement Account), 401(k) and, pension assets. While the first of th...
Jaburg Wilk
July 21, 2015
By Lindsay Preach  JW Way #7- Honor Commitments- Do what you say you're going to do, when you say you're going to do it. If a commitment can't be fulfilled, notify others early and agree upon a new commitment to be honored.  Pat Riley is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches of all time. He served as the head coach of five NBA championship ...
Mark Bogard
July 16, 2015
The American Arbitration Association (AAA) recently issued several significant revisions to its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules, which became effective July 1, 2015. The revised rules apply to construction arbitration cases initiated on or after July 1, 2015. For contracts entered prior to July 1, 2015, most of the revised Rules apply retroactively if the ...
David Farren
July 15, 2015
When interviewing job applicants, there are good questions and bad questions. A good question seeks relevant and helpful information about the person applying for the job and about the applicant's job qualifications consistent with a business necessity for asking the question.  A bad question seeks personal information that is irrelevant to the applicant's jo...
Gary J. Jaburg
July 14, 2015
Manage expectations. Establish mutually agreeable expectations as to the time, expense and goals of every engagement.   Let clients know what to expect and when.  Clients should not be surprised.  In preparing this week's message, I reviewed the previous weekly messages on Managing Expectations (ME). What was most striking was that the previous ...
Mervyn Braude
July 6, 2015
It is frequently a challenge to co-parent after the conclusion of a divorce proceeding.  After all, divorcing parents have often just concluded divorce litigation – replete with allegations of wrong doing – and frequently with difficult financial arguments.  The focus of this article is the children.  While frustration, anger, and hurt f...
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