Financial Archives

What Can We Learn From Erika and Tom Girardi?

2021-02-02T14:21:49-05:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Financial|

Just a few months ago, Erika Girardi (AKA the pop singer Erika Jayne of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) shocked us all by filing for divorce from her husband of 21 years, attorney Tom Girardi. Mr. Girardi is famous for his 1993 Pacific Gas and Electric Company case; yep, the same case that inspired [...]

What can we learn from the “Say Yes to the Dress” Designer Dispute?

2021-02-02T13:16:57-05:00January 8th, 2021|Categories: Financial|

Can you imagine a Court ruling that you’re banned from using your own name and social media accounts due to a dispute with your bosses? (The right answer is, it depends if you’ve had a lawyer review your employment agreement or not). Hayley Paige Gutman, a celebrity wedding gown designer and “Say Yes To The [...]

What Can We Learn From Reese Witherspoon’s Teacher Dispute?

2020-12-31T14:13:45-05:00December 4th, 2020|Categories: Financial|

Does any good deed go unpunished? That’s what Reese Witherspoon is probably thinking. I'm thinking that maybe she should have paid more attention at her Legally Blond training contracts-course. Back in April 2020, Reese Witherspoon's brand, Draper James, shared an Instagram post inviting teacher to apply for a free dress. The initiative was meant to [...]

What Can We Learn From Pete Davidson’s NDA?

2020-10-20T15:44:43-04:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: Financial|

It may not be a bad idea given today's climate. At least one comedian, Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson, required his audience to sign a $1 million nondisclosure agreement. Whether the agreement is enforceable is a separate topic, just the merefact that it's out there is noteworthy, in my opinion. Not only are fans prohibited [...]

What Can We Learn From the Netflix ‘Enola Holmes’ Contract Dispute?

2020-09-29T16:03:30-04:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Financial|

The headlines caught my eye also. As the story is told, the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle filed a lawsuit against Netflix (and others involved in the Enola Holmes movie) for copyright and trademark infringement regarding the Sherlock Holmes material. Conan Doyle wrote 4 novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and Enola, his [...]

What Can We Learn From Lionel Messi’s Contract Dispute?

2020-09-08T13:22:20-04:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Financial|

If you haven't heard what's going on in the world of Soccer, let me tell you, it's more riveting than reality TV these days. Lionel Messi, one of the greatest soccer players E.V.E.R., is (maybe) leaving Barcelona, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I'm tellin' ya! Messi's departure is a big deal as [...]

What Can Be Learned From A-Rod’s Family Dispute?

2020-07-21T16:02:03-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Financial|

Former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) and his ex-brother-in-law, Constantine Scurtis, are joint owners of a Miami-area real estate venture that reportedly owns and operates 5,000 units that are worth $1 billion. Scurtis claims that A-Rod squeezed him out of his ownership percentage and profits and the two have been battling it out in the [...]

Blackbeard’s Blockchain

2019-10-15T20:14:08-04:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Financial, Uncategorized|

If this story is reminiscent of Pirate treasures buried in the Caribbean in the 17th Century, that's because it is. The booty, in this case, cryptocurrency and other blockchain-based assets, is hidden through private keys that act as password-like secrets granting their owners access.  There's even a term, "cold storage," that refers to this method of securing virtual [...]

Credit Card Debt After Death

2019-10-03T16:53:07-04:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Financial|

One of the most common question I’m asked is, “what happens to my loved-one’s credit card debt when they pass away?  More importantly, will it be my responsibility?” When you take out a credit card in your name, you’re agreeing to repay whatever you borrow. That obligation doesn’t extend to your family, friends or, in [...]

Bit by Bit – Bitcoin and South Florida Real Estate

2019-10-03T16:56:11-04:00November 6th, 2017|Categories: Financial|

Bitcoin is considered the first decentralized digital currency and with or without us, it's already a global phenomenon. Most people that I know want to invest in Bitcoins, hoping the price against the USD appreciates significantly and they can make a profit from it. However, some industries, including real estate, are starting to capitalize on [...]