Financial Fresh Start

Your Five-Step Plan for Adapting and Prospering in the New Economy

 Financial Fresh Start

Author: Shari Olefson
Pub Date: February 2013
Print Edition: $26.00
Print ISBN: 9780814432297
Page Count: 320
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814432303

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About Shari Olefson

About Shari Olefson

Shari Olefson, JD, LLM, is a Bar Certified Real Estate attorney and a Supreme Court Certified Mediator with degrees in journalism, finance, and psychology. A lawyer who served on the front lines of the real estate bubble, the bailouts, and the Great Recession, she is also a trusted news commentator and speaker-educator on government intervention, foreclosures, credit, savings and investments, and other money matters. In her new book, FINANCIAL FRESH START (AMACOM 2013), Olefson demystifies the new rules and reforms enacted in the wake of the economic meltdown to help struggling Americans take full advantage of the opportunity to rebound from financial setbacks and improve their long-term prospects for prosperity and peace of mind.

“This is not my grandfather’s America,” Shari reflects, with fond memories from her childhood of the New York City fireman sitting at his desk every Saturday morning and writing out checks by hand to pay his bills. “The rules of the personal wealth and finance game have changed. Americans have different, never before imagined expectations and challenges in the new economy. In some ways that’s good and in some ways it’s bad.”

Since launching her legal career in 1989, Olefson, a member of the Florida, District of Columbia, and New York Bars, has focused on business and commercial real estate transactions, mediations, and work outs. In addition to her law practice, she has served as the CEO of a Fortune 300 joint venture in banking, real estate law, and title insurance.

Not only recognized for her unique expertise in the law, real estate, and business, Olefson is also widely sought out for her ability to translate complex subjects into easily understood solutions, as well as her passion for empowering average Americans. She is frequently quoted in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and USA Today, and regularly appears as a guest expert on CNN, CNBC, Fox, PBS, MSNBC, and CBS, as well as national and regional radio programs. Along with writing numerous articles and professional reports, she has worked on training programs for some of the nation’s leading lenders, brokers, trade associations, government agencies, and corporations. Her previous books include Foreclosure Nation: Mortgaging the American Dream (Prometheus, 2009).

Born in New York and raised in New York and Florida, Shari Olefson is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and the University of Miami Masters of Law program.

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