- by Mr. Anonymous
Lately we've all been hearing and seeing many commentaries on protecting your identity. Measures you can take, things you can do, etc. I wanted to drop in this quick idea which may save you money and effectively terminate much of the future unwanted calls by "vultures" and "sales professionals" after the RV - because like it or not, you are going to be on a "most wanted" hit list!!!
Here is what you can do after (or even now) the IQD RV....
After the RV, you will hire a personal Attorney, or even several personal Attorneys (i.e. Tax Attorney, Real Estate Attorney, etc.) and you will put him/her on "Retainer", which means you will hire them to handle some of your legal affairs and help you with contracts, etc.
One of the benefits of having an Attorney on Retainer is you can use their mailing address, and perhaps even their phone number to receive all of your future solicitation and bills! There are even dedicated services designed for this very thing for high profile individuals (i.e. Hollywood Celebrities and Entertainment Stars).
You can make arrangements with your Attorney to have this done through your Attorney's Law Firm. You will need to work it out with them exactly how they will want it formatted. So, lets say you hire a Real Estate Attorney to work with you to purchase real estate, you can have all of your Real Estate Tax records sent to his mailing address at the Law Firm!
You could also do this with another Attorney that works with you as your Tax Attorney, use his Firms address for all of your mailing addresses that are used on your tax returns and legal entities (ie Corporations, LLCs etc.).
You Don't Have To Take That Annoying Call...
If the Law Firm does not want to take your phone calls, that is okay! It may even be better you don't use your Attorney's Law Firm - I'm sure his billing for phone calls will add up quickly!!!
There are plenty of very affordable answering services (think Salt Lake City, Utah) that will pre-screen all of your calls and only forward to you the "white-listed" (i.e. Mom and Dad, siblings and maybe even your spouse... LOL).
But, in short, with these services, you can get a toll free number (or regular phone number, if that is what you really want) that is owned by the Answering Service, and you will have them answer your calls for you! The key here being "owned by the Answering Service" - so if someone "Googles" your phone number, they will only turn up the name of this Answering Service and their physical address, and not your name and your address!
Your Website Can Give You Away...
If you have a website, I suggest you get a "Private Registration" type of service - most major Domain Registrars sell this service for under $10/year. A very cheap price to pay to hide your identity. And don't go spending $10/year to hide your name with "Private Registration" and then put your name and private email and private phone contact info on your website! (I've seen it done! LOL!!!)
If you have an exotic domain (i.e. a .FM) and some of the few other domains that currently don't allow for a "Private Registration", then use your Attorney's mailing address and your Answering Service for the Phone number. Also, I would suggest setting up a "fake" email on a free email service like Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo to list as your email address for that registration.
I'm no "Rocket Scientist" (just ask my friends on Facebook) but I will tell you that these tips come from many years of being in Business and also from having a "closer than I like" relationship with Attorneys! Luckily almost all of the Attorneys I've worked with in Business are GREAT people with a love for the people they work for, and a deep hatred for their "Ambulance-Chasing" Colleagues!
Thanks again to Mr. ANONYMOUS.......Great helpful information