RELATIONSHIPS | FINANCE | REAL ESTATE | ATTORNEY VAN SMITH'S RECOMMENDED READING
We believe the key to being a good lawyer is helping our clients make wise decisions. Great attorneys are voracious readers.
Books on Relationships in Transition
While we handle your family law matter, you may find some of these books helpful. Each is currently available on Amazon.com; we also love supporting our local, independent bookshops (like Fountain or Black Swan in Richmond, Mermaid in Williamsburg, or Blue Whale in Charlottesville).
Crazy Time by Abigail Trafford
Living from the Inside Out by Teresa McAlister Adams
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
God Calling by A.J. Russell, Ed.
How to Make Love All the Time by Barbara DeAngelis, Ph.D.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Mars & Venus Starting Over by John Gray, Ph.D.
There’s Hope After Divorce by Jeenie Gordon
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
When the Vow Breaks by Joseph Warren Kniskern
Books On Divorce After The Age Of 50
Divorce After 50: Your Guide to the Unique Legal & Financial Challenges by Janice Green
Calling It Quits: Late-Life Divorce and Starting Over by Deirdre Bair
He’s History, You’re Not: Surviving Divorce After 40 by Erica Manfred
Widows and Divorcees in Later Life: On Their Own Again by Carol L Jenkins
A Man’s Feelings: Finding Closure After Divorce by Michael L. Eads
Special thanks to preeminent Mississippi family law attorney Mark Chinn for originally compiling this list of reading materials.
Books on Finance & Wealth Building
Attorney Van Smith asked a long-term estate planning client worth over $12M in personally earned/invested assets to pass along the 'best books' that he's read on finance to help folks on their own financial journey, here's what he passed along.
Of course, nothing beats the advice and guidance of a long-term financial advisor.
[Van adds: "A good 'first book' on finance is 'The Elements of Investing' by Burton Malkiel. Especially for a college student or young professional."]:
"Ok Van, here are the best finance books i've ever read:"
1-howard marks - mastering the market cycle
other good ones
2-other books by howard marks
a-the most important thing illuminated
b-the most important thing
3-any/all books by john bogle
a-bogle on mutual funds
b-the little book of common sense investing
c-bogle on investing - the first 50 years
d-stay the course
4-any/all books by jim rogers
5-any/all books by nassim taleb
a-fooled by randomness
b-the black swan
6-any/all books by ken fisher(also recognized as a global authority on redwood trees)
a-the ten roads to riches
b-the only three questions that count
7- historian niall ferguson - the ascent of money
8-john kenneth galbraith - a short history of financial euphoria
9-stanley/danko - the millionaire next door
10-ben graham-the intelligent investor
11-stanley - the millionaire mind
a-make your kid a money genius
b-get a financial life
13-levitt and dubner - freakonomics
a-how to retire with enough money and how to know what is enough
c-when i'm sixty four
15-burton malkiel-a random walk down wall street
16-peter lynch - one up on wall street
a-your money and your brain
b-the devil's financial dictionary
a-from here to financial happiness
b-how to think about money
a-the only investment guide you'll ever need
b-the only other investment guide you'll ever need
Real Estate Books
1. The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, by: Gary Keller
2. The Financial Security Bible, by: Mike Summey
3. The Weekend Millionaire's Secrets to Real Estate Investing, by: Mike Summey and Roger Dawson
4. The Unofficial Guide to Managing Rental Property, by: Melissa Prandi
5. What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know about Cash Flow, by: Frank Gallinelli
6. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by: Robert Kiyosaki
7. Landlording on AutoPilot, by: Mike Butler
8. Investing in Real Estate, by: Gary Eldred