Asset Protection With Estate Planning

More and more people abuse the legal system to deprive others of their life’s work. Over 19 million new lawsuits are filed in the United States every year, many of which are frivolous or settled for sums greater than the actual liability.

Business owners, professionals such as doctors, dentists, lawyers and accountants, and property owners in particular should be aware of the risks associated with conducting their business, practicing in their respective fields, and taking responsibility for others.

Without a massive overhaul of our legal system, the risk and potential liability are not going to decline. In fact, it has steadily increased over the last few decades.  Assets can be at risk due to a number of vulnerabilities, including:

  • Professional malpractice liability
  • Personal liability of corporate officers and directors
  • Lawsuits by former business partners
  • Personal injury suffered on your premises
  • Personal injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident
  • Liability as guarantor for the debts of another
  • Liability arising from misconduct

Asset Protection is about empowering yourself in the face of these risks. Sekhon Law, PLLC works with clients to implement proven, legally-sound strategies that will help preserve their wealth and safeguard their assets. 

We represent professionals, small business owners, property owners, and other clients with the goal of protecting their assets against potential litigation, judgments, liens, and fraud.

Insurance alone does not always adequately protect against all of these threats.  We help clients protect their wealth using a variety of strategies including the use of trusts, business entities and other legal arrangements.

Shielding Assets from Creditors

Sekhon Law, PLLC  knows how to assist clients in arranging their finances, real property and other assets in a manner that minimizes their exposure to potential creditors.  We are well versed in establishing trusts, creating estate plans and organizing investments and business entities so that our clients are able to enjoy the highest level of confidence in terms of the security of their accumulated assets.

A creditor who initiates litigation against a person who has placed his or her assets into a trust, a foundation, or other entity may find that there are very few collectible assets actually owned by the person they wish to sue. Assets owned by a properly structured trust, foundation, or other entity are generally not subject to claims against their beneficiaries. In addition, placing assets into an asset protection entity may have the additional benefit of removing those assets from a person’s taxable estate.

We know how to evaluate current client assets and work with our clients to identify the best ways to legally protect those holdings from a variety of creditors. 

Our firm has a solid working knowledge of:

  • Domestic trusts;
  • Domestic business entity formation;
  • Exempt asset protections under state law; and
  • Negotiation and preparation of pre and post-marital agreements

The exact strategies employed by our firm may vary depending on the client, the nature of the assets, the country of origin, and the tax regulations that apply to those assets. The ultimate goal is to protect the status of current assets in a manner that is effective, legal and ethical.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is to provide general information and a general understanding of the law, not to provide specific legal advice. By accessing this blog site you understand that there is no attorney-client relationship between you and Sekhon Law, PLLC. This post should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.