Crisis Management: Dealing with Bad Press at Your Business

CRISIS

 Events beyond your control and outside the scope of your business can cause reputational damage and receive media and public attention that can literally shut your business down. Knowing how to handle such an event should be part of your asset protection plan. A previous article examined the different types of crisis plans required to operate any business, especially one that […]

LLC Sales Myths Harm Doctors, Business Owners: Asset Protection

LLC USAGE - PHYSICIANS PRACTICE

It is important for every doctor and business owner to understand some basics about the Limited Liability Company, commonly known as an LLC; what it is, how it is created, and some of the benefits a well-drafted and maintained LLC can provide. Unfortunately I regularly get reports from my own clients that have been at medical […]

Medical Practice Asset Protection: EPLI Insurance

PHYSICIANS PRACTICE - IKE

While this article was originally written for Physicians Practice, it applies to all employers and deals with a very significant asset protection risk, employee lawsuits. Protecting your wealth and your business requires several layers, make sure you understand all of them. – Ike Devji In another discussion on medical practice employee risk I explained covered another […]

Legal Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Medical Practices, Businesses

SELLING PRACTICE

Many doctors and business owners across the U.S. are in the process of working on selling their practices and/or on a succession plan. Here are four common legal issues to watch out for when selling your medical practice, or any other business: 1. Failing to be independently represented Whether buying or selling a practice, it’s […]

Asset-Protection Basics You Must Understand in 2015

BUSINESS AND MEDICAL PRACTICE OWNER LAIBILITY

Here are some key conceptual issues about Asset Protection doctors and business owners should understand as we go into a new year: 1. The best medicine, just as in your profession, is prevention, not treatment. Timing is always a key concept from a legal perspective; you may be legally unable to act (fraudulent conveyance, voidable […]

Celebrity Medical Patients Require Extra Supervision, Create Higher Risks

SURGICAL CENTER AND MEDICAL PRACTICE LIABILITY

Celebrity (or just high-profile) patients present a number of unique challenges for medical practices and require additional supervision and compliance measures to protect the practice, the patients and staff.     In last week’s discussion I provided some detail on the death of Joan Rivers during her treatment at an outpatient surgery center (ASC), and […]

Lawsuits Against Doctors Are For More Than Just Medical Care Delivered

Getting back to the asset protection roots of our discussions, today we examine a variety of liabilities for doctors that are not strictly related to the “standard of care” at the center of most malpractice claims. If you joined us last week, we discussed so-called “defensive medicine” and the idea that limiting diagnostics based on […]

Income Tax Deductions Doctors and Business Owners Often Overlook

CPA TJ CASEY

As tax day bears down on us with increasing momentum, I turned to a CPA for some tips on commonly overlooked deductions. As always, legal and tax advice given in this forum can only be general information and can never be considered individual tax advice, so discuss these issues with your own CPA now, while […]

Asset Protection and Wealth Preservation Attorney and Author to Speak on in Maui, November 21st, 2013

A Seminar About Protecting Your Wealth and Assets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Maui, HI.  November 17, 2013. Asset Protection Attorney Ike Devji will be the featured guest speaker at a November 21st, 2013 educational seminar for doctors, business owners and other high net worth individuals sponsored by Ronsman & Associates, a wealth advisory firm serving specially qualified clients in Hawaii, Arizona and Alaska.   […]

Employees, Financial and HIPPA Data Create Risk for Medical Practices and Business Owners

HIPAA and financial data present an ongoing asset-protection issue for physicians and medical practices. This week we take a look at a specific exposure suffered by up to 40,000 (yes, 40,000) patients of one Arizona medical practice and some simple precautions that may help your practice avoid the same exposure.  While written for doctors, this […]

Arizona Asset Protection Lawyer Ike Devji in Financial Consultant Magazine

IKE DEVJI FEATURED IN FINANCIAL CONSULTANT MAGAZINE

Attorney Ike Devji was recently featured as an author in the premier issue of Financial Consultant Magazine. Ike’s article, “The Growing Role Of Financial Advisors – Asset Protection” takes a look at the financial devastation that many successful professionals experienced over the last few years and the role that top advisors must play in helping their […]

Asset Protection Trusts For Doctors – An Introduction

Asset-protection strategies for physicians take many forms and range from sound policies and procedures that seek to minimize risk and liability to crisis-management plans, the right kinds insurance, and, finally, specific legal tools. All of these strategies can be valid and effective parts of a true asset protection and risk management system and the key […]

Drug-Based Treatment Liability Issues for Physicians

DRUG LIABILITY

A variety of medical specialties use drug-based treatments administered by the  physician’s office as a routine part of their treatment regimes. This usage presents expanding serious liability issues that require serious consideration  and risk management. The use of specialty-compounded drugs to treat a variety of ailments is on the rise (one recent report says they […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Medical Practice Liability Insurance Tune Up: The First Line of Defense

We’ve previously detailed both the most common fatal flaws in physicians’ asset-protection planning and the reasons insurance alone is inadequate to protect doctors. Those issues aside, insurance against known and recurring exposures is always the essential first line of defense.   As you’ve seen in this column before, it is unreasonable to think that we […]

HIPAA EXPOSURE GETS EVEN MORE ONEROUS – Medical Practice

As we’ve discussed in several previous articles, insurance that covers corporate and executive liabilities in an essential first line of defense, including Data Breach or Cyber Liability Coverage for doctors. This coverage grew even more important on Jan 25, 2013 as DHS provided additional rules and liability for medical practices which go into effect on March […]

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

12 Month Medical Practice Makeover

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 […]