The Only Two Ways to Lose Money Real Estate Investing: Lawsuits and Bad Investments [00:08] Real estate investors lose money in two ways. The first is because they actually made a bad investment. The second is because somebody took it from them and they can do that easily through a lawsuit and lawsuits are basically just legalized stealing. So one of the key things that we have to do to guard against half of the way that we will lose our money in real estate investing through litigation is protect ourselves from that. That’s what an asset protection strategy is. A proper asset protection strategy protects you from those lawsuits. It protects you from anybody looking to try to sue you. Now when we look at how does that do that is because if your assets are held properly and compartmentalized inside of an LLC structure, it greatly diminishes somebody, his desire to want to sue you. We do this because we start taking them into the deep waters. [01:04] We start exhausting their will and their resources to fight because if we make it look like you don’t have much to come after and we make it look like it’s very tough to get to and it actually will be very tough again, then the person on the other end of that says, how much am I willing to invest and put up my hard earned dollars with just the hope or the chance that I might be able to get something out of it? Most people won’t put their hard earned dollars on a gamble just like they were going to Vegas to go for a lawsuit, and in fact the last, the attorneys to take the case on contingency. Well, what I can tell you is that attorneys are only taking cases on contingency because they believe that it’s going to be an easy win for them because that’s their business and we make it a gamble or somebody to come after your hard earned dollars and your real estate investments. The reality is is that it won’t make business sense and they just won’t do it. My name is Scott Smith and I’m an asset protection attorney specializing in real estate asset protection. I’m a real estate investor myself and I’d like to help you [02:28] if you thought this content was good, you have to go see the bigger pockets podcast that I did. It was the top 10 things every real estate investor has to know about asset protection, and you can go listen to it right here.