Season 1 E 11 Crushing Law School Debt: Chad Tourin on a Game-Changing Strategy

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In the latest episode of “The Wealthy Future Lawyer $quad,” we’re excited to welcome a unique guest, Chad Tourin. Chad isn’t just an attorney; he’s also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Financial Planner. His rare combination of skills and experiences makes him an ideal guide for anyone navigating the challenging waters of law school debt and financial planning. This episode promises to provide actionable insights and strategies to manage your finances effectively, both during and after your law school journey.

Episode Show Notes:

[00:00:00 – 00:00:50] Introduction of Chad Tourin: CPA, Financial Planner, and Attorney

A brief introduction of Chad Tourin sets the stage for the episode. Chad’s unique blend of expertise as a CPA, Financial Planner, and Attorney is highlighted, showcasing his extensive knowledge in financial management and legal affairs.

[00:00:56 – 00:02:26] Chad’s Family-First Mindset and Journey from CPA to Law School

Chad discusses his initial career path, starting as a CPA. He reflects on how his family-first mindset influenced his decision to pursue law, intertwining his financial expertise with legal knowledge. This segment offers insights into how personal values can shape professional choices.

[00:02:30 – 00:04:40] Chad’s Realization: Law Students’ Struggle with Financial Management

Here, Chad shares his realization about the financial challenges law students face. He talks about the lack of financial literacy among students and his strategic decision to focus on finance during his law school education. This part of the episode stresses the importance of financial awareness for law students.

[00:05:01 – 00:05:54] Understanding Debt Management Difficulties for Law Students

This segment dives into the common difficulties law students encounter when managing debt. Chad highlights the complexities of student loans, budgeting, and the lack of financial planning resources available to students.

[00:06:30 – 00:07:30] Setting Up Success: Right Order and Utilizing Financial Planners

Chad discusses the critical steps law students should take to set themselves up for financial success. He emphasizes the importance of doing things in the right order and utilizing resources like financial planners.

[00:07:53 – 00:10:00] Alternate Career Routes in Law and Financial Goals’ Impact on Career Choices

In this section, Chad explores the various career paths available in the legal field and how one’s financial goals can impact these choices. He encourages law students to consider alternative routes in their legal careers that align with their financial aspirations.

[00:10:01 – 00:12:40] Chad’s Financial Planning Firm: Seeing the Bigger Picture Post-Law School

Chad shares his experience of opening his financial planning firm. He discusses the importance of seeing the bigger picture and resisting the urge to follow the traditional path post-law school. This part of the episode is particularly inspiring for those considering entrepreneurship after law school.

[00:12:50 – 00:16:50] Finding Balance in Attacking Law School Debt with Lauren and Chad

Lauren and Chad have an in-depth discussion about finding a balance when planning to tackle law school debt. They delve into strategies for managing debt while also maintaining a quality of life.

[00:17:00 – 00:20:27] Chad’s Money Mindset Evolution: It’s About What You Keep

Chad talks about the evolution of his money mindset since his time in law school. He emphasizes that true wealth is not just about income but also about smart money management and what you’re able to save and invest.

[00:20:33 – 00:23:37] Investing in Self: Chad’s Best and Worst Financial Decisions

In this enlightening segment, Chad discusses the best decision he made regarding money, which was investing in himself. He also candidly shares some of his worst financial decisions, including not protecting his wealth from bad investments and the importance of setting boundaries when lending money to friends and family.

[00:24:00 – 00:26:58] The Value of Investing in Coaching and Seeking Expert Financial Advice

Lauren and Chad highlight the importance of investing in coaching and seeking advice from financial experts. They discuss how getting credible and relevant advice can significantly impact financial decisions and overall success.

[00:27:15 – 00:29:38] Finance Book Recommendations and Caution on Tailoring Advice to Your Situation

Chad provides recommendations for finance books that can help motivate law students to establish a healthy money mindset. He also advises caution, suggesting that readers focus on books that provide general concepts for establishing wealth and avoid those offering specific strategies that may not apply to everyone’s financial situation.

[00:30:00 – 00:32:46] Chad’s Advice to His 1L Self: Resisting Competition and Diversifying Experience

Chad reflects on what advice he would give to his first-year law student self. He talks about the importance of resisting the competitive nature of law school, considering alternative paths in the practice of law, and the need to diversify law school experiences.

[00:33:34 – 00:34:33] Closing: Love for Coaching and Educating Law Students on Financial Wellness

The episode concludes with Lauren and Chad discussing their shared passion for coaching and educating law students. They emphasize the importance of establishing a healthy money mindset for a fulfilling career in law.

As we conclude this episode, we hope that Chad Tourin’s insights have inspired and equipped you to take control of your financial future. Remember, it’s not just about how much you earn, but how wisely you manage your finances that counts. Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast for more conversations that empower you to achieve the life you deserve, both during and after law school. We wish you a fantastic end to your semester and look forward to continuing this journey with you.

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Chad Tourin’s unique perspective as a CPA, financial planner, and attorney provides a comprehensive look at financial management for law students. His advice and strategies are invaluable for anyone looking to make informed financial decisions, handle law school debt effectively, and lay a solid foundation for future financial success.

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