Asset Protection Planning
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Divorce puts your assets and business income under the gavel. By placing your business, income and property into an asset protection structure, you can fare much better than going into a divorce battle unprepared. So what types of legal tools are effective for a divorce asset protection strategy?
Here is what you can to do protect assets from a divorce battle. First, keep in mind that local courts can penetrate just about anything you do domestically. Local judges have power over local assets. Sure, domestic asset protection vehicles exist: a trust, an LLC, a limited partnership. The problem is, as our in-house asset protection attorneys can attest, that courts have pierced all of the domestic structures in actual divorce cases.
The most effective strategy is this. Put your assets into an offshore asset protection trust. The trust will hold an international LLC that you control while the waters are calm. The LLC will hold your bank and investment accounts in a secure bank located internationally. If needed, the trustee (our law firm) can step in to protect you. This combination of the LLC and the trust is one of the most powerful strategies to protect assets in a divorce.
Keep in mind you are employing this strategy because your assets are not safe by leaving them where they are. People have been using offshore asset protection trusts since 1925. Powerful trust jurisdictions such as the Cook Islands and Nevis have impeccable reputations. The trustees are licensed, so regulators conducted intensive background checks. Plus, the trustees are bonded, so the funds are insured. Of the top 50 safest banks in the world, as of this writing only three are located in the U.S. All three of the U.S. banks are on the bottom half of the list. So, much safer banks exist outside of the United States than inside.
Divorce is a leading cause of asset distribution. Here we’re talking about the most protection one can establish when engaged in a divorce property battle. We are not merely talking about hiding assets. Many people who seek pre-divorce asset protection do so when problems arise in the marriage or after divorce papers arrive. There are tools that can provide protection under this scenario. But it is best to act beforehand.
Under the best circumstances, transferring the ownership of your separate property, including your business and income, into an asset protection strategy prior to tying the knot more effectively guarantees the protection of your assets in divorce. Whether you do so beforehand or after the fact, having a divorce asset protection plan in place strengthens your hand in the separate vs. marital property battle.
Discussed in a Forbes article are methods used to protect your business against a future divorce. Establishing a personal asset protection strategy is one of the most important techniques they discuss. The prenuptial agreement is another. It also stresses the need to take protective measures well in advance of the need, or likelihood of the need for asset protection.
Divorce is one of the top wealth busters an individual can face. Ideally, set up an asset protection before marriage. Yes, you can set up an asset protection strategy to protect your finances from divorce when troubles arrive. However, planning measures taken years in advance offer the most protection when placed under the legal microscope.
Statistically, a divorce is more likely to happen than a major car accident and are much more costly in terms of legal fees and property separation. Imagine having a divorce insurance policy where future income, personal assets and business never make into a property battle. That’s what a divorce asset protection plan provides.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are not watertight. Not all states recognize them. They are often challenged. So they offer very little certainty. Certainty, in this case, comes in the form of a personal asset protection strategy. Moreover, they vary state to state. A strategy in California will differ from one in New York or Texas. By setting up the proper legal tools and transferring property into them , one can effectively shield assets from future liability and divorce.
Whereas it is best to have an asset protection plan in place before your spouse serves you with divorce papers, there are strategies that are effective at any stage in the game. Domestic asset protection strategies are usually not very effective. If you want a strategy that works, use an offshore trust. It is the one of the only methods that hold up after the fact.