Protecting Your Business: Trade Secrets and Intangible Assets

Convert Your Intangible Assets Into Corporate Crown Jewels Many businesses have substantial amounts of intangible assets in various forms that comprise a good portion of the business’ value. Today we turn to Attorney Scott Gibson with Law firm of Davis, Miles in Tempe Arizona for guidance on how to do so in a safe and reliable […]

Personal Guarantee Insurance for Doctors, Investors, Business Owners

Personal Guarantee Insurance for Doctors (and everyone else) Source: Physicians Practice Non-medical business exposures that threaten doctors’ financial solvency continue to grow in scope and number. This week we take a look a relatively new type of risk-management product: Personal Guarantee (PG) Insurance. We’ve covered both exposure related to residential and commercial real estate debt […]

The “C” Word in business: Vital Issues To Consider With C-Corporations

The article linked below contains some simple and important issues to consider regarding the taxation of C-corps. As an asset protection attorney I’ve never been a fan of them because they are weak , if not defective from a creditor perspective as the shares can actually be taken from you as an asset and handed […]

What Could Bravo’s ‘The Queen of Versailles’ have to do with Asset Protection?

Quite a bit actually as it shows the stupidity of reckless excess spending, the importance of having cash (even for the rich) and the failure of most contemporary estate planners and business lawyers to plan ahead and think defensively, yes even the super smart ones who work only with rich people. – Ike Devji   […]

Tax Scams: I.R.S Dirty Dozen Targets Doctors and Business Owners

  With fewer than 60 days until tax time the annual 11th-hour tax planning rush by doctors is in full swing. The Dirty Dozen listing, compiled by the IRS each year, lists a variety of common scams taxpayers can encounter. “Taxpayers should be careful and avoid falling into a trap with the Dirty Dozen,” IRS Commissioner […]

Advisor Banned By FINRA for bad OBA and R.E. deals with NFL Players

A former financial advisor who cost a group of NFL players $43 million by steering them into a bum casino investment and other bad deals including real estate deals he took a peice of has been banned from the securities industry. See the story: http://www.fa-mag.com/news/advisor-barred-from-industry-for-bilking-nfl-players-13600.html?section=43 I wish I could say this was unusual, it’s not. […]

Directors and Officers Liability Insurance Issues for Physicians

A commonly overlooked area of risk management in physician’s business and asset-protection planning is the need for “Directors and Officers” coverage, commonly referred to as D&O insurance.   In previous articles we have covered a variety of essential life, disability and liability insurance strategies, always the first line of defense. This week we examine the […]

Corporate Officer and Director Liability for Crimes Comitted By Company – CEO ASSET PROTECTION

An area of liability and exposure that is becoming more common and which is routinely overlooked in planning is  Officer and Director liability including both civil and criminal liability. This issue affects a variety of C-level executives from the traditional C.E.O. right through C.T.O. as the witch hunt continues. The first lines of defense are simple, […]

Seven Ways To Survive a Business Cashflow Crunch – CEO/Entrepreneur/Startup

Over the last few years the concept of Asset Protection has greatly expanded to include not just the traditional threats like litigation exposure, but effective risk management on all fronts, including cash flow and other solvency related issues magnified by the economy. We’ve covered many of these issues here including those related to real estate, […]

Is my DEFINED BENEFIT PLAN safe if my employer goes out of business? – Asset Protection

If your employer goes out of business, any retirement plan your employer sponsored will be terminated. If the plan is a 401(k) or other defined contribution plan, your benefits are held in trust, apart from your employer’s assets, and you’ll generally be entitled to receive your full account balance in a lump sum. (You can […]