Monthly Archives: October 2014

Client Spotlight: Kathleen Turton

Kathleen Turton, Family Law Attorney, Ward & Turton PLLC

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www.ward-turton.com / kathleen@ward-turton.com / 214.739.8900

Divorce. Child Custody. Conflict…..The Unknown. Uncertainty. Fear……If you have ever gone through a divorce or you are contemplating this possibility, you may have just had a visceral response to those words. Your stomach may have turned or your throat tightened or your heart started racing. The end of so many hopes and dreams is NOT what any ofus signed up for in life but, alas, it is now the new “normal” of what the vast majority of us experience.

As such, who do you turn to for help when the legal process begins?  In 2011 I was “passed on” to Kathleen to represent me as I needed to modify my child custody agreement due to the fact that so much had changed for both my ex-husband and myself over the course of our then 10+ year divorce and, specifically, my now pre-teen son began to express dissatisfaction with how his father and I had negotiated the custody. While I had not directly sought the help of Kathleen Tinney Turton, a Higher Power certainly intervened to ensure I had not only quality legal counsel but, even more importantly, integrity infused wisdom and care.

Kathleen Tinney Turton helps people chart the choppy waters of reorganizing  their personal life. Whether it’s a divorce, child custody, modifications on past contracts, adoptions, or powers of attorney, Kathleen spends the majority of her work life helping families work through conflict. She also represents children in CPS and private custody–court appointed cases.

Kathleen has also gone through special training in “collaborative law.” “People do not want to use the traditional court-room routes to solve their issues. They want to sit at the table. The want team work where everyone is committed to making it work out in everyone’s best interests and, specifically, the children.” To this end of helping people stay focused on the reality, Kathleen has done a lot of teaching over the past 10 years especially when she was the Interim Director for the Child Advocacy Clinic at SMU.

“People come to me because they want a resolution. It’s not that your opinion or position doesn’t matter to me, but what I stay focused on for my client is- what is possible within the letter of the law? I am not the type of attorney who is going to do and say what you want to hear as if I am your best friend who will listen to you bemoan the ills of your ex as you plot revenge because, ultimately, this just runs up the tab and pads my pockets when I know what the legal system will and won’t allow. Unfortunately, sometimes people are not ready to end the process but I will continue to focus on a resolution.” - Kathleen

Kathleen went on to explain that on the surface someone may articulate a desired outcome but as she probes and asks questions about the “why” behind the expressed goal, it is clear that other options exist for a more amiable and sustainable resolution…and often times the solution has nothing to do with the law. In fact, very frequently, clients have competing goals. Kathleen went on to explain that people in conflict want to use the legal system to get their soon-to-be-ex to behave in a certain manner. She states, “There are no personality transplants at the courthouse. If you were not able to make this person behave in a certain manner when you were married to them, neither can the court.”

Kathleen is clear in her role and ability to help others, “I will fight and advocate for what you want but only after we are clear what the goals are that will get you the resolution you want. The Internet is not the answer. It is not wisdom and discernment.” As such, while Kathleen will advocate for her clients, her title is first and foremost “Counselor at Law.”

If you don’t know where to start, do not be afraid to reach out and get advice even if you are not ready to make any decisions. It helps to at least have a conversation. And, of course, you can always contact me first and I will share my experience, strength and hope.

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Murphy’s Law and Your Wealth Strategy

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Murphy’s Law is a series of epigrams of which the most famous is “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Besides this most famous saying, there are many other witty and pointed statements, often with a clever twist in thought, that are worth considering when one analyzes how he approaches his personal finances. For example,

  • A shortcut is the longest distance between two points.
  • Everyone has a scheme for getting rich that will not work.
  • In order to get a loan, you must first prove you don’t need it 

Because I help people have financial freedom, by implementing the “Private Reserve Strategy” as the foundation of all other economic movements, I often hear, “This seems too good to be true.” According to Murphy’s Law, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

However, when you think about what I do, it is only “good” because I teach an individual how to have control. Until they met me, most folks have no idea how much financial power they have.  

What I teach clients about and the strategies and systems we employ, actually takes a lot of effort. Because I teach economic principles and truths that work regardless of what life may bring, it is indeed, “good” and it is, indeed, “true.”

So think about what the majority of financial planners offer, “If you trust me, give me your money and I will put it in a EF-Murphys Law_FBbox and you don’t have to do anything but this box will grow huge for you to access many years later.” How much more complicated is the message? How involved did you get, really? And what about all the other dollars in your system – the dollars you spend to finance cars, pay for taxes, send your kids to private schools, take a family vacation – do you have a plan to recapture these dollars or is the box your financial advisor growing for you going to be big enough to cover everything today AND tomorrow?

Now tell me, what system is too good to be true?

So, let’s examine these Murphy’s Law epigrams when you consider what most US citizens have as their wealth “strategy” which is, “I have an investment guy and he manages my money,” money which accounts for maybe 5% to 10% of one’s overall family income and is all tied up in securities products:

  • Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
  • Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will use it.

When you are ready to take control of your finances, your purchases, your investments, your taxes, your growth, and when you are ready to start a system that is sustainable and flexible and that you understand how to work within, when you are ready for more, contact me and let’s start learning some macro-economic principles which can dramatically alter the course of the rest of your life and that of your loved ones.

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