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An Asset Protection Fail: Forget The One-Size-Fits-All Legal Approach

Imagine this. You make an appointment at your family doctor’s office. After driving to the appointment and a brief stint in the waiting room, the doctor calls you back to his office. Before you can…

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3 Key Tax Benefits of Using an LLC Structure

Limited Liability Companies have many useful properties for investors. Most of my clients approach me about forming Traditional LLCs or Series LLCs for asset protection, but often are completely unaware of the potential tax benefits…

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Tax Law and Family Court: What You Need to Know About Divorce, Custody, and Your Tax Obligations

Divorce is already one of the most stressful life events that many of us will go through. There’s a reason the expression is “going through a divorce”–it is truly a process to be endured. There…

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Your 5-Step Survival Guide to Recovering From Real Estate Asset Foreclosure

If you have had to handle a housing foreclosure since the Market Crash in 2008, you’re not alone. These events can be both stressful and financially devastating, and some parts of the country were certainly…

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Scam Alert: How to Know if IRS Demands for Taxes Owed Are Legitimate Or Scams

Imagine you’re sitting in your office or at home going about your daily business, and you get a phone call. The caller informs you that you owe the IRS money. They go on to explain…

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Get Your Head in The Game: Four Pro Tips For Creating a Winning Real Estate Investing Mindset

It’s completely natural to be anxious when you’re first starting anything, particularly when your hard earned money is on the line. But in the real estate game, your mindset affects everything. That is why it…

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How is A Land Trust Different Then A Standard Trust?

A land trust is defined as an entity used to hold title to real estate. Unlike the standard trust, usually land trust doesn’t involve family. Also, a land trust offers versatility for real estate investors…

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Understanding Land Trusts and Foreclosures

We’ve all known someone who has gone through the complicated foreclosure process. Over the past year the amount of monthly foreclosures has hovered between 60,000 and 80,000. Holding property in a land trust can add…

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4 Levels of Assets Protection for Real Estate Investors

Are your kids eyeing that expensive out-of-state college? Do you want to see a larger return on your individual retirement account (IRA) investments? On the other hand, maybe you want to quit working your 9-to-5…

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Investing in Domestic and Foreign Real Estate with Your IRA Business Trust

Most people know that an individual retirement account (IRA) allow plan owners to invest in mutual funds, stocks and bonds. An IRA can certainly grow your contributions and create a nice nest egg for your…

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How to Strategically Contribute to an Inherited IRA or IRA Business Trust

We all make contributions to our individual retirement accounts (IRAs) with the intention of using those funds once we reach the age of 59 ½. However, life does not always go according to plan. When…

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What Type of IRA Business Trust Investment Transactions May Trigger the UBTI Tax?

If you are planning for your future, designating funds for your retirement is a great step. Most people have heard of a 401(k) or individual retirement account (IRA). These plans allow owners to invest in…

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Why You Need A Registered Agent Service

Did you know that as a business owner, you are legally required to have a Registered Agent in the state that your real estate company is formed in? This is particularly true if you have…

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Housing Discrimination Complaints: What Landlords Need to Know

No matter what walk of life you come from you’ll eventually deal with or perhaps serve as a landlord. As a tenant, you must stay on top of security deposits, rent increases, eviction policies as…

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Criminal Acts and Activities: Landlord Liability FAQ

The dozens of day to day responsibilities required to be a landlord can cause important liability concerns to go unattended. Criminal acts and activities may not be an everyday occurrence, but that doesn’t mean landlords…

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Landlord Liability for Tenants’ Dogs

We’ve all heard of horror stories about the dog owner who had to go to court because his/her dog bit a child at the park or snapped at the pizza delivery guy. These cases can…

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The Fair Housing Act’s Protected Classes: What Landlords Need to Know

Over several years of helping landlords fight and win cases, we’ve noticed that the term “protected classes” leads to a lot of confusion. In this educational guide, we’ll discuss what all landlords need to know…

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HUD Guidance Memo on Landlords’ Use of Arrest and Conviction Records

Do you use arrest and conviction records to assess potential tenants before…

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Does The Federal Fair Housing Act Apply To Your Rental Property?

You have a lot of leeway when it comes to screening potential tenants for your property. You can deny tenancy to an applicant based on their credit score, financial ability, renting history, and criminal history….

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What Is The Liability of a Land Trust Trustee?

A land trust is a type of revocable living trust. Unlike a living trust, which can contain any types of assets, a land trust is for real estate or real estate related items only. With…

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Your State’s Fair Housing Agencies

The Federal Housing Act prohibits landlords from discriminating based on color, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, and familial status. These attributes are referred to as a protected category. This means that you should…

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Land Trusts and Limited Liability Companies

If you want to protect your privacy and real estate assets, a…

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IRS Section 121 And The Land Trust Beneficiary

A land trust is a great way to own property while maintaining your anonymity. With a land trust, the ownership of the property is publicly listed under the name of the trust itself. A land…

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Land Trusts – Transfers at the Beneficial Interest Level

A land trust provides owners with anonymity. This is one of the…

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Dealing With Tenants Who Have an Addiction to Drugs or Alcohol

With the sheer prevalence of substance use disorders and addiction in the United States, most real estate investors will have to confront the issue of a tenant suffering from the disease of addiction at some…

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