Asset Protection Planning
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Can you engage in asset protection after a lawsuit is filed? We need to deal with the situation the way it is, not the way we wish it was. Your best defense, is offense. That said, the bottom line is this: yes, you can set up asset protection after a lawsuit is filed. But it is much better to do it before finding yourself in a situation where they are at the mercy of the courts. Consider an Asset Protection Trust as the best way to prevent financial loss, should someone sue you or your company. Even better, you should open an Offshore Asset Protection Trust. By doing so, you put a qualified offshore trustee in place to shield your funds when someone sues you.
Trying to protect your assets inside the US after someone launches a legal attack against you simply doesn’t work in most cases. So, an international asset protection strategy is usually the more effective course. You have effectively taken the wealth outside of your local court’s jurisdiction. The trust has tied their hands from forcing the seizure of your assets; even after a lawsuit strikes.
Trying to protect assets inside the US after someone sues you simply doesn’t work. An international asset protection plan the key.
Think of this as a simple way to allow a tested professional to safeguard your funds. It is the strongest way to protect assets after a judgment. This is legal, and it’s not only legal, it’s smart. Establish an Offshore Asset Protection Trust that owns 100% of an entity such as Nevis or Cook Islands Limited Liability Company. The LLC holds the bank account. This structure can offer you peace of mind you may not even have known existed. You are the manager of the company inside of the trust. You and are the signatory on the bank accounts until you need to licensed, reputable trustee to step in to protect you.
How it works is simple. Let’s break it down for all the asset protection newbies out there, and for those of us who like a simple explanation. You have assets that you or your company have worked hard to attain. You don’t want someone to seize them in the event someone slaps you with lawsuit. Or maybe you need to protect your assets after being served with a lawsuit. Let’s face it, people like to sue these days. We’re here to help you understand how to outsmart ill-intentioned plaintiffs.
Speak with a specialist (such as this company) about opening an Asset Protection Trust even before a lawsuit is filed. Simply placing your assets, legally, in an international offshore trust, keeps the bad people away. Say a court decides that some of your assets would be useful in funding the plaintiffs action. If you currently hold them in an Offshore Asset Protection Trust, the court can ask for the assets all they want. But the trustee of your assets, offshore, does not have any interest in losing your assets. Plus, they do not need to follow your local court’s orders.
Your assets are important to you, they are important to your, and your family’s livelihoods. By considering the suggestion above, you are also being defensive even before a legal attack. If the creditors, or some other entity is aware that you have an asset protection trust, let alone an offshore one, you have the upper-hand. Before turmoil even begins, you are discouraging aggressive plaintiffs from even pursuing you.
Everybody has the risk of being sued. Some more than others. An asset protection trust is critical for well-off professionals, especially those in high-risk positions. Medical professionals, lawyers, and architects are generally at high risk of legal attack. So, it is crucial to start planning this endeavor now, especially if your profession falls into a high-risk category. If not, there are ways to protect yourself after a lawsuit appears.
In addition to business professionals, other at-risk individuals are children. When a teenager wrecks the family car the lawsuit can attack the driver and owner of the car. Both of these usually point the liability back to the parents. Another high-risk target is those who have inherited some form of asset. Those of you with children who have inherited large sums of money, or a home, or an estate, from their rich uncle, need to offer them some protection. Children who have inherited riches have a large bull’s-eye on their backs, attracting lawsuits from ill-meaning poachers. Plus, since they are likely financially inexperienced, history shows a tendency to quickly blow riches that they attained easily. A trust with children beneficiaries can have provisions so that the trust pay for living expenses and education. Then it will divvy out certain percentages of trust assets at specified ages.
Make Sure Your Opponent Has to Work Harder to Take It Away
So, it is obvious that there are people who would benefit from an offshore asset protection trust, as mentioned above. Consider your personal financial situation right now. It feels a little disconcerting, knowing that your assets are probably out in the open. They are sitting there for the taking, should someone send just one aggressive lawsuit in your direction. It is clear that you would benefit from one of these trusts. And you would especially benefit if you are wealthier than average, and work in a risky profession.
As a physician, you have worked 24-hour shifts during your residency. Heck, you likely have been on-call for 48 or more hours, time and time again. As a lawyer, you have invested critical hours of your life into your studies. You are likely just making it financially if you are right out of school. As an architect, your visionary outlook creates beauty in this world. None of those mentioned here deserve to essentially be victimized by a lawsuit. Safe, and legal offshore protection trusts are your key to peace of mind, and security. It is one of the few ways you can protect your assets after someone has filed lawsuit against you.