Captive insurance companies owned by small businesses and doctors are often thinly disguised abusive tax shelters. Their owners and their promoters are currently being harshly examined by the I.R.S. and knowing what to ask, what do and what not to sign will be vital to the financial futures of all involved and can put you […]
Business owners, doctors and entrepreneurs are often targeted with asset protection sales pitches from unqualified advisors. Let’s review some of the questionable advice you are getting and how to qualify your advisors. The (not so) Magic Umbrella Policy I was recently contacted by a physician with seven figures in exposed home equity and other significant […]
In a previous post I shared the details of the incomplete (if not financially fatal) advice one physician got from a source with questionable experience. That advice involved some common misconceptions among lay people and advisors about very basic legal and risk management concepts. Understand the REAL Role of Your Estate Planning For the most successful and/or […]
Understanding the Vital Role of Your Umbrella Policy (And Why It is Not Enough On It’s Own) Financial columnist Steve Savant interviews asset protection attorney Ike Devji on Asset Protection Strategies for Business owners and entrepreneurs.
Asset protection, perhaps counter intuitively, is just as important for entrepreneurs who are selling their businesses as it is for those who are running one. In fact, “selling a business” is one of my “risk factors” listed in the chart below. Most so-called succession and exit planners focus only on the deal terms, taxation, the valuation, estate planning, life insurance sales and where your sales […]
Asset protection lawyer Ike Devji discusses common fatal mistakes in asset protection planning. In part 3 of his 5 part interview series with financial expert Steve Savant Ike discusses how entrepreneurs and business owners might use the wrong legal tools or actually drag liability back into their safe legal planning.
Successful business owners and doctors face many different kinds of risks. The following real story* illustrates significant exposures in one physician’s planning. Failure to Adequately Insure and Implement Legal Planning I was personally involved in this case earlier this year as an anti-fraud consultant. A doctor’s husband was at fault in a car-pedestrian accident and struck and seriously injured […]
In part two of a five part, plain English discussion of the common fatal mistakes of Asset Protection planning, lawyer Ike Devji and financial expert Steve Savant discuss why traditional estate planing alone won’t protect your wealth and why many successful people defeat their own planning by using the wrong tools or putting “too many […]
Medical practices and other businesses of all types face many types of risk outside the strict scope of their professional liability. One major lawsuit risk to business owners and doctors is employment-related lawsuits that must be mitigated with a professionally drafted employment manual. I continually stress that a good asset protection plan has many layers, including management of all reasonably anticipatable risks. […]