How To Document Property Damage Claims at Your Business or Medical Practice: Asset Protection

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As we’ve seen across the United States over the last year, severe weather, disasters and even intentional acts of vandalism can cause financially devastsing  property damage. Below are tips on how to document and pursue claims with your insurance company to enforce your rights under your  property and casualty policy. • Step One: Actually having […]

Arizona Asset Protection Attorneys Featured at 17th Annual Wealth Protection Conference, May 2014

From Left, Attorneys Charlie Davis and Ike Devji

Attorneys Charlie Davis and Ike Devji will be speaking at the 17th Annual Wealth Protection Conference on May 9 and 10 in Mesa Arizona. Topics covered at the conference will include: How To Protect Your Assets For Generations,   How to Safely and Legally Use Offshore Trusts and Banks,  Common Fatal Flaws and Misconceptions That Cost […]

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 […]

“Defensive Medicine” is often Good Medicine and “Best Practice” for Doctors

Asset protection for doctors is the main focus of this column (note: this article originally appeared at www.PhysiciansPractice .com, The Nation’s Leading Practice Mgmt. Resource) and we’ve examined it from many angles over the last 100+ articles I’ve shared here. Today, we examine the issue of defensive medicine, much decried by politicians and insurance companies and […]

LIfe Insurance for Doctors and Business Owners – Key Due Dilligence Questions for Buyers

The last two weeks of the year is high selling season for life insurance polices as doctors rush to fund various retirement plans and as advisers take advantage of year-end wealth-transfer opportunities and favorable deals sometimes available from insurance companies. Knowing the right questions to ask about an insurance policy is a key issue for […]

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 […]

Medical Marijuana: Legal Issues for Physicians

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Nearly two dozen states now allow the legal use of medical marijuana. Given the growing mainstream acceptance of the drug as a potential natural alternative for a variety of pharmaceuticals, physicians are more apt to get questions about it than ever before. Today we take a first look at a variety of legal issues and common questions […]

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 […]

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 Doctors Part 2: Going Offshore

Last week marked the second chapter of our discussion of asset protection trusts for doctors, with a look some basic issues of jurisdiction, that is, what geographic location’s set of laws control the trust. For those who want a potentially higher degree of security with a longer track record, offshore tools like international asset protection […]

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 […]

What Medical Practices Must Know About RAC Audits and Insurance

 Medical Billing & Collections, Risk Management By Ike Devji, JD   In a series of recent discussions we have examined exposures like ELPI Insurance, cyber liability insurance, and the need for directors and officers coverage by many physicians and practice owners. Continuing our examination of commonly overlooked medical practice risk management issues we turn to […]

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

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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 […]

Fatal Flaws in Doctors’ Asset Protection Planning

During my practice with a client base of thousands of doctors I have seen the best and the worst of asset protection planning available to the American public as well as the most common flaws evident in both self-directed planning and plans executed by “professionals” who do not practice primarily in this area. Below is […]

This Doctor’s Love Affair Became Malpractice

A doctor gets a six figure award against him unanimously upheld by an appeals court. We can protect you against lots of things, but your own actions are sometimes our greatest challenge. See the whole story as reported on medline here: This Doctor’s Love Affair Became Malpractice http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/775952?src=nl_topic

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

Mark Johnson, B2B CFO

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, […]