A version of this blog post originally appeared on www.pacificawealth.com. Have you heard the story of the newlyweds in Vegas? A man and his bride travel to Vegas to get married. They have very little money. They have so little, in fact, that after a small service at a chapel off the Strip, a cheap bottle of wine, and a buffet dinner, the man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the last $5 to his name.
When you’ve come into sudden wealth, a good attorney is worth his weight in gold. The problem is knowing what type of attorney you need. There are thousands of specialties within the legal profession, from criminal to copyright to bankruptcy to divorce to real estate and everything in between. Think of law as being similar to the medical field where “doctor” is a generic term used for anyone who has gone to medical school.
It may be incomprehensible for someone who was making $50,000 a year to go broke after receiving a $10 million windfall, but it happens. It might not disappear in a year or two but if the person is consistently making bad financial decisions, they can go through the money in less than a decade and much quicker if they also engage in one of the other sudden wealth sins below. How can you avoid this fate? Go slow, work with experts, figure out how much you can spend and then stay on track.
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Selecting a term
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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