Doctors Lack Key Financial Planning Info

Recently, I read a 48-page report issued by AMA Insurance on financial preparedness among  physicians, based on 2,500 respondents. Consensus: Many doctors feel  they are under-planned and undereducated about personal finance issues. The good news? We’ve already covered and continue to address many of these issues for you here and at www.PhysiciansPractice.com, where this article […]

Asset Protection Trust Jurisdictions for Physicians – Part 1, Domestic

In our discussion two weeks ago we introduced the Asset Protection Trust (or APT) as a tool and answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding what it is and how it differs from the estate-planning trust many doctors already have in place. We continue our discussion of the APT this week and examine […]

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 […]

Addressing Employee Liability Issues at Your Medical Practice or Business – 12 Month Practice Tune-up

January 08, 2013 | Finance, Risk Management, Law & Malpractice, Staff By Ike Devji, JD Happy New Year and thanks for continuing into 2013 with us. In one of my last columns of 2012, I suggested that many of the complex issues we discussed together over the last few years in this forum can seem […]

Start-Ups: When Does Liability for Your Business or Medical Practice Begin? – Asset Protection

The many discussions we have shared here have largely centered on asset protection and other legal and financial issues faced by physicians and business owners. The bulk of those discussions assumed that you own or run a business or medical practice. Due to the growing availability of financial and legal education resources available to business owners, […]

A Physician’s Start-Up Guide: Picking the Best Real Estate for Your Medical Practice

Buying the perfect building for your medical practice requires you to consider much more than “location, location, location.”  In our first two discussions on starting a new practice we’ve examined both the fine points of doctors’ serious liability for debt involved with buying a building or financing a medical practice start-up and common issues physicians […]

The Physician’s (and Business Owner’s) Simple Asset Protection Self-Exam

Several readers have contacted me with a similar question after reading many of the discussions featured here. Though phrased in different ways, the question is essentially this: How can I quickly figure out what I have exposed at any given time? I’ve provided a simple start to answering this question for you below. It will […]

The Physician and Business Owner’s Guide to Selecting a Lawyer

We’ve covered many issues affecting doctors and their business and legal needs, specific exposures, and even some of the team members required to run a medical business. Hopefully this discussion has allowed you to identify areas in your own practice where you should be asking the right questions and seeking the guidance of experts. Today […]

D.I.Y. Asset Protection Strategies Every Physician and Business Owner Can Implement

Many of the issues and case studies we have discussed on physician asset protection planning in the age of decreased earnings and unlimited liability may seem daunting and complex. Fortunately, not all the moves you can make require a great deal of time and expertise to address. Here are some small simple issues that every […]

Real Estate Liabilities and Physicians’ Financial Solvency

As an asset protection attorney, my primary responsibility has always been helping clients identify and proactively plan against as many litigation-related exposures as possible. That planning now includes a more complete evaluation of financial and economic risks than ever before. Below is one common example that illustrates the challenges many are facing and the importance […]