Ralph ""Jake"" Warner, a pioneer of the do-it-yourself law
movement, founded Nolo with Ed Sherman in 1971. Nolo began
publishing do-it-yourself law books written by Jake and his
colleagues after numerous publishers rejected them. When personal
computers came along, he added software to many Nolo books. When
the Internet arrived, he championed the move online, where Nolo
published huge amounts of free legal information.
In addition to running Nolo for much of its first 40 years, Warner was an active editor and author. He wrote many books, including Retire Happy: What You Can Do Now to Guarantee a Great Retirement and Save Your Small Business: 10 Crucial Strategies to Survive Hard Times or Close Down & Move On. Today, he operates a storytelling repertory group, Jake's Tales, devoted to keeping alive the tradition of telling children wonderful stories.
Warner holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton.
Warner, attorney and founder of Nolo, the do-it-yourself legal publisher, has written a unique retirement guide which, despite its title, focuses on non-financial issues as well as the traditional retirement concerns. The book also includes conversations with notable people who have led productive "retirement" lives, including environmental activist and writer Ernest Callenbach and mathematician Arthur Levenson. By focusing on important concerns such as broadening circles of friends, relying on one's extended family, turning to hobbies and nonwork activities, the book will help readers gain a healthier perspective on retirement. The sections on friendship and love are particularly compelling. The chapters on specific financial planning are not as complete as readers might want; for example, there's only one brief chapter that explains how investments work. Warner can also be something of a contrarian in his financial advice. He maintains that experts who say people need roughly 80% of their pre-retirement income are wrong. In addition, Warner says (arguably) that the Social Security system is not actually in precarious shape and will be around for many years to come. Still this is one of the freshest and most practical approaches to retirement planning in a long time. (Aug.)
""On my scale of one to 10, this great book rates an off-the-chart 12."" Robert Bruss ""Offers sound advice for achieving both financial success and developing areas of your life that will truly make a difference in retirement..."" Chicago Tribune""Some books slice through the media noise with clarity. Get a Life is one of them. Its author advises a life-enriching retirement plan."" Fort Worth Star-Telegram""If you're in your 40s or 50s and find yourself spending too much time worrying about how many hundreds of thousands (or millions) you will need to retire, I have a suggestion. Do what I did... Put in a rush order for [Warner's] book Get a Life."" Scott Burns, Houston Chronicle ""This inspirational book discusses how people can have a successful retirement without a lot of money as long as they have strong relationships, decent health and absorbing activities to keep them going."" Liz Pulliam Weston, Los Angeles Times""One of the best retirement books to come out in recent years... puts money and the other essentials of retirement life in its place."" Linda Stern, Reuters ""Those who really want to retire can figure out ways to live that will cut their expenses while enhancing their experience of life."" San Antonio Express-News ""Hard work and a lifetime of savings are the prescription for a good retirement, right? Think again..."" U.S. News & World Report