Why do clients pay for advice they don't take?


Kaufman

My line of work can be described as someone who is paid to learn, someone who is paid to give advice based on what he’s learned and someone who argues for a living. As a lawyer, in the game of life, I inherently know many of the rules and clearly know how to find them. I am literally an expert, and people pay for my advice.

Back in the last century, before we all had access to computers and the internet, a lawyer was pretty much just a lawyer, and often wore many hats. Our society did not have as much in the way of segmentation and specialization as we see today. It was rare 60 years ago to hear the question, “What kind of law do you practice?” A lawyer back then was essentially a Jack or (rarely) Jill of all trades. Many attorneys would handle both civil and criminal matters.

Health Savings Accounts offer an underexplored triple benefit

Health Savings Accounts are an often misunderstood and ignored retirement savings option. They are often confused with the Flexible Spending Accounts some employers offer, which have limitations and are different from HSAs.

Momentum Cycling Studio celebrates five years in LA


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Momentum Cycling Studio’s Victoria Smith leads a high-intensity cycling workout at the downtown Los Altos business July 2. Clients and staff members celebrated the company’s fifth anniversary with dancing, food and drinks June 2.

The lively workout music that accompanies cyclists as they vigorously pedal their stationary bikes was playing as usual, but on this evening, no one was exercising. Instead, clients and staff were celebrating the fifth anniversary of Momentum Cycling Studio.

The June 2 event featured dancing, food and drinks at the studio, located at 129 First St. in downtown Los Altos.

Gateway development begins to (re)open in Mountain View


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Workers from the Rose International Market construction project next door vacate Peet’s outdoor seating area after a coffee break.

The block-long development long in the works at El Camino Real and Castro Street in Mountain View has begun to open, with a return of familiar tenants housed within its new look.

Transactions for the week of July 4

Los Altos

1218 Carmel Terrace, L. Cui to Daneshpanah Trust for $4,000,000

1601 Crestview Drive, Baugh Trust to Hwang Trust for $3,615,000

Easiest way to avoid becoming rich

We’ve all heard the stories about the Silicon Valley barber who became a millionaire by listening to and investing in the companies of the executives whose hair he cut. Or about the thousands of employees during the early days at Microsoft Corp. who became millionaires simply by accumulating their stock options as the company’s stock price grew and grew.

Although starting your own company still remains one of the best ways to amass a large amount of wealth, not everyone has the temperament to be an entrepreneur. And not everyone has the skills or opportunity to work for a high-flying startup. But anyone today has the ability to invest his or her savings in the newest publicly traded technology company to try to strike it rich.


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