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Blockchain and Cryptocurrency – explanations

March 5, 2019

There are lots of explanations of bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency out there. How do you find the best? After speaking last week at ABA TechShow 2019, I decided to pull together my favorite resources for understanding bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency.

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3 Lessons from a Crypto Mock Trial

February 25, 2019

Getting blockchain transactions into evidence is not easy. But it is possible. Here is how this team did it in a mock trial.

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Equity indexed annuities – Fran Tarkenton loves them

January 31, 2019

Fran Tarkenton loves equity indexed annuities. That does not mean you should. Tarkenton is 79 years old and encouraging elders to purchase equity indexed annuities (also called fixed indexed annuities) as a way to protect themselves from elder financial abuse. That’s right. Fran Tarkenton is encouraging elders to purchase these high fee, non-liquid insurance products instead of investing in low fee, highly liquid investments like broadly diversified stock and bond index funds. Tarkenton has even written a book touting equity indexed annuities as the answer to protecting seniors from financial abuse by family members. Here it is:

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Learn about crypto & blockchain at ABA Techshow

January 30, 2019

Join us at the ABA Techshow in Chicago – February 27 – March 2, 2019. The company will be warm and welcoming, whatever the weather. If you are confused about blockchain and cryptocurrency, our panel will help you make sense of it all. This is an area that all legal professionals need to understand. Here is a link to a primer on cryptocurrency and digital coins that I wrote for the ABA Law Practice Management Magazine: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_practice/publications/law_practice_magazine/2019/january-february/JF2019Braganca/ There is so much more at Techshow. Read about it here and then sign up. http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/techshow-to-deal-with-future-proofing-the-practice-of-law

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Court tells SEC, this is not a security

January 25, 2019

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s order granting the SEC summary judgment based upon a finding that certain oil and gas interests were securities. The 5th Circuit provides a detailed analysis of whether the partnership interests satisfy the Howey test. This is well covered in Thomas Gorman’s blog SEC Actions @secactions and should be of interest to folks in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space.

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More choice is not always better

January 14, 2019

According to traditional economics, having more choice is better than having less choice. But that is often not the case in the real world. Behavioral economics professor and Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler shows us that sometimes we are better off when we limit our choices.

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Preventing Elder Financial Abuse Program

December 26, 2018

As many of you know, preventing elder financial abuse is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I am delighted to invite you to a program on January 21, 2019 in Chicago on what financial advisors, CPAs, tax preparation professionals, attorneys, and others who work with elders should know about how to protect clients from elder financial abuse. Not only is elder financial abuse devastating to the financial well-being of aging baby boomers, but research shows that it can lead to an early death. But how can we do this without alienating clients?  We will discuss relationship-enhancing  ways to make preventing elder financial abuse an integral part of your practice.

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Truth without Proof? Blockchain on Trial

November 30, 2018

You have irrefutable proof of a blockchain transfer of bitcoin. But how do you get that blockchain transaction into evidence?  It is not as easy as you think. The Chicago Bar Association Financial and Emerging Technologies Committee, FinTEx, ChicagoBlockchainProject, ChicagoBlockchain Center and the Loyola University School of Law present this live demonstration of how legal practitioners can navigate the rules of evidence with respect to blockchain ledger entries and crypto-assets.

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Our past experiences affect our current investments

November 15, 2018

As human beings, we are influenced by all our past experiences. That means that our past experiences affect our current investments and other decisions. If your earliest investment experiences were during the 1970s — when interest rates were approaching 20% — you will forever think about investments differently than if your earliest investment experiences were during the dot.com bubble. This is why the research of behavioral economists like Nobelist Richard Thaler is so important for investors.

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Determining client capacity – ABA 10 Commandments

November 5, 2018

The American Bar Association recently published some very helpful guidance for lawyers in considering client capacity to make legal and other decisions. The most important directive is that the correct question is NOT whether a client has capacity — it is whether a client has capacity TO DO A PARTICULAR THING.

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