When An Estate Plan Isn’t Asset Protection

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 […]

Are 529 plans creditor protected? Maybe.

529 plans

Asset Protection attorney Ike Devji was recently quoted in financial author Geri Detweiler’s article on creditor protection of 529 college savings plans that appeared at Yahoo Finance and Credit.com among several other sites.   SEE THE ARTICLE HERE:  http://blog.credit.com/2015/10/can-a-debt-collector-take-my-kids-college-fund-126590/   The article explores the often complex and confusing laws surrounding the creditor protection of 529 […]

IRA Creditor Protection Issues – Asset Protection

IRA TRUSTS

Although IRA asset protection is provided by law to most personally owned and funded IRA accounts there are several other important asset-protection issues doctors, business owners, and other successful individuals need to consider. The (very) general rules of thumb about IRAs: For the purposes of brevity in the context of this column, in most cases, your […]

Prenuptial Agreements Key Issue in Asset Protection

Asset Protection and Prenuptial Agreements

One of the issues most likely to adversely affect your wealth is a simple statistic: nearly 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. With the summer wedding season upon us it’s time for a simple discussion of prenuptial agreements and why they must be part of every business owner, executive and physician’s risk-management plan. I […]

Estate Planning FAIL: Trusts Without Pour-Over Wills

Robert Sewell
Partner at Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC

  This is the first article in a new series by Probate Litigation  attorney Robert Sewell which will focus on “war stories” regarding common estate planning mistakes, as seen by a probate and trust litigator.  These stories are meant to serve as lessons for the average reader.  If you see the fact pattern below in your estate plan, […]

What Baby Boomers Must Know About Selling Their Business

Susan Wells

We provide asset protection planning for many types of people. One of my favorite types of client is the successful business owner who is ready to sell and enjoy the fruits of their hard earned labor. Contrary to popular advice, your liability does not end at the sale and one of the things I’m always […]

What’s the Difference Between a Will and a Trust and Which one Do I Need?

FAMILY

An estate plan is always necessary unless you want your estate to pass through “operation of law” which involves the long, uncertain, public and expensive process at your death with a stranger (the courts) deciding who gets everything you leave behind. This process often leads to heartache, delay and additional stress for those you leave […]