Thanks to a sale on Southwest, I just got home from a little trip to Chicago. It was cool to chill on a warm clear day in the spray of the Buckingham Fountains and watch the sailboats out on the lake with the skyline over my shoulder. The last time I was there, I was way out in the suburbs in the worst part of the winter and it snowed at least six inches every other day I was there. It's great in the summer. This time I attended the 1st Annual Blackhawks Convention, which was hockey cool. They had puck handling, passing, and shooting skills games set up, which were fun. Silent auctions. Autograph signing sessions. Also, I attended a separate event, a seminar to help entrepreneurs organize their business, and I learned that I need to put my rental properties in a trust and form an LLC to manage them. . . for tax reasons and liability reasons. I'll save a bundle! I learned some fascinating tax strategies. I learned about self-directed IRAs and how to get an IRA with a checkbook you can control for investing in your own ventures. I wish I had this information a few years ago. The legal fees are all on the front end, but the benefits will come at tax time, and when I die. Death and taxes are the two sure things, so I may as well set it up right.
Chicago photos will be up soon.