Ten Biggest Legal Mistakes Women Can Avoid: How to Protect Yourself, Your Children, and Your Assets

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I wrote The Ten Biggest Legal Mistakes Women Can Avoid to alert women to the devastation that can befall them if they do not take responsibility for taking care of their legal matters. Both they and their children can be put in financial peril if they don't do so. The Ten Biggest Legal Mistakes Women Can Avoid is based on my more than 20 years of legal experience during which I have represented a number of women who suffered devastating financial distress and months or years of anguish, depression and ...
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Overview

I wrote The Ten Biggest Legal Mistakes Women Can Avoid to alert women to the devastation that can befall them if they do not take responsibility for taking care of their legal matters. Both they and their children can be put in financial peril if they don't do so. The Ten Biggest Legal Mistakes Women Can Avoid is based on my more than 20 years of legal experience during which I have represented a number of women who suffered devastating financial distress and months or years of anguish, depression and fear-several to the brink of suicide-because they were not vigilant about protecting their legal matters.

Too often, women trust their spouses, other family members and business partners to treat them fairly, only to find out too late that their trust was misplaced. In other cases, women may not take the time to protect themselves legally because they are too busy with other things, they are intimidated by legal matters, or they don't think it is particularly important to them. In my book, I use a number of stories about women who did not protect themselves legally and women who did to illustrate the type of problems that can be encountered and to encourage women to take care of themselves and to take steps to minimize their legal risk. By protecting themselves legally, not only will women reduce the risk of financial disaster, but they will empower themselves as well

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According to attorney Barrett, the most common legal hassles for women are those relating to marriage and divorce, starting and managing a business, working with lawyers, paying taxes, protecting title to property, and planning for death or incapacity. Barrett begins her discourse on each of these areas with anecdotes about women who were smart and capable but who nevertheless failed to take steps to protect their own interests. The anecdotes are followed by an explanation of the applicable laws, definitions of the legal terminology, and tips for anticipating, avoiding, or extricating oneself from similar problems. An appendix offers some forms, including a deed, a will, and a power of attorney. Barrett encourages women to take responsibility for themselves and their family and business interests. She provides information and advice in a coherent fashion, and the anecdotal style works to help point up the variety of legal problems women face. Libraries that need a book of legal advice for women should consider this and may also want to look at Stephen Mitchell Sack's The Working Woman's Legal Survival Guide (LJ 3/15/98) or Patricia Phillips and George Mair's Know Your Rights: A Legal Handbook for Women Only (LJ 12/97).--Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach LLP, Rochester, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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With her conviction to empower women through knowledge, Marilyn Barrett, a down-to-earth, no-nonsense tax partner at Los Angeles' Altschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan, hopes to guide women on managing their legal affairs in the pages of her new book The Ten Biggest Legal Mistakes Women Can Avoid. The purpose of her book, Barrett says, is "to make women aware that they will be held accountable for their legal choices."... Barrett's book is quick to point out that women from all facets of life are affected by bad legal choices. ... After reading the book, Stacy Phillips, a noted family lawyer, says she would definitely recommend it to her clients. "Marilyn Barrett," she says, "did a great job of speaking in English about sensitive and scary topics."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892123299
  • Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Capital Ideas
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Barrett is a tax and business attorney and partner in a Los Angeles law firm. A 1977 graduate of the UCLA School of Law, she chaired the State Bar’s taxation section from 1996 to 1997. She is a frequent contributor to law journals and this is her first book for a general audience.

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Table of Contents

Legal Mistake #1
Failing to Protect Yourself ina Prenuptial Agreement
Legal Mistake #2
Failing to Protect Yourself and Your Children in Marriage
Legal Mistake #3
Failing to Protect Yourself and Your Children in Divorce
Legal Mistake #4
Starting a Business: Good Intentions Do Protect You From Bad Legal Results
Legal Mistake #5
Running Your Business: Good Intentions Do Not Protect You From Bad Legal Results
Legal Mistake #6
Signing Documents You Don't Read or Understand-Or, Run When Your Husband Says, "Just Sign Here, Honey"
Legal Mistake #7
Failing to Hire and (When Appropriate) Fire Lawyers
Legal Mistake #8
Neglecting The Tax Man: Unexpected Tax Liabilities and Fights With The IRS
Legal Mistake #9
Failing to Protect Legal Title to Your Property
Legal Mistake #10
Failing to Plan for you Death or Incapacity
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2001

    A small investment in your future

    This is a great book -- valuable for both men and women. This anecdotal book is lively and upbeat, while full of useful information from which we can all learn. As illustrated with real-life examples, a small investment now can save you both heartache and money down the road.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2001

    It's invaluable for all of us

    I'm a guy who loved this book! It's very helpful to anyone who is involved with marital, parental, and business questions which, if neglected, could prove to get you into all kinds of trouble. The author writes in an easy to read style, good for those of us who don't know many legal phrases, and mistrust those who practice law. I'm recommending it to friends of both sexes. Sincerely, Jesse Davis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    A Gift That Keeps On Giving

    I gave this book to several women friends for Christmas and each of them has come to me with a different story about how it has been specifically relevant and helpful to them. This book is laid out so that you can easily find what is most pertainent to you. While it is interesting and entertaining, it is also clear to the non-accounting, non-legal reader. Good answer for life's challenges that we all share. What a find!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2001

    For women from all walks of life

    Marilyn Barrett has written a book that covers all the major legal areas for today's women. To function in today's world we must educate ourselves and we must know how to get the appropriate help. In a well written, easy to understand book, Ms. Barrett covers areas of interest for women from all walks of life: setting up your own business, choosing appropriate lawyers, understanding legal document, prenuptial agreements, protecting your children, and divorce. I was delighted by the precision and focus of this book and would highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    A Book Every Woman Should Read!

    I found this book to be easy to read and very interesting in addition to being very informative. It reads more like a novel in many ways as the author incorporates stories from the media and her own experiences into each of the chapters to emphasize her points. Although most of us would prefer to live in denial, I think her book demonstates the value of becoming aware of potential problems that can occur in your life and how best to protect yourself and take responsibility, especially if you have children. I recommend the book highly to all women regardless of their marital status.

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