A $500K Asset Protection FAILURE

FATAL FLAWS

Successful business owners and doctors face many different kinds of risks. The following real story* illustrates significant exposures in one physician’s planning. Failure to Adequately Insure and Implement Legal Planning I was personally involved in this case earlier this year as an anti-fraud consultant.  A doctor’s husband was at fault in a car-pedestrian accident and struck and seriously injured […]

Estate Planning, Sugar Daddies and Lawsuits, Oh My

Marriage, money and estate planning

Given the current and often predatory nature of modern personal relationships I thought this piece by my friend and colleague Robert Sewell of Davis Miles McGuire Gardner was interesting and timely, to say the least. Bob practices heavily in the area of probate litigation, which is where late or poorly drafted estate plans end-up, usually […]

Common Mistakes Some Smart Women Still Make With Money, Estate and Legal Planning

WOMEN AND WEALTH

I’m fortunate to deal with a number of successful women across the U.S. Whether they are C.E.O.s, doctors, some other kind of professional or business owner or simply the stay at home family C.E.O. that helps manage the family’s wealth and success. Over the last ten we’ve seen both positive and negative behavior patterns among different […]

Key Legal Documents Everyone Facing a Divorce Must Update

DIVORCE

A common error after the expense and trauma of a divorce is not updating a variety of key legal and financial documents. You would not believe the number of estate plans and insurance policies that name an ex-spouse as the beneficiary of everything a client owns. Jeff Landers of Bedrock Divorce advisors provides a great summary […]

Holiday Shopping, Cyber Crime and Personal Secuirty – Asset Protection

Holiday Scams

Whether you are a Black Friday, Cyber Monday or everything in-between shopper, the number of threats to your wealth and assets both in person and online at a  high at this time of year. Here are some issues to look out for to protect yourself, your family and the joy of the Holidays. Yes, this is […]

Personal Liability Insurance Umbrella Policies Remain Vital Asset Protection for Doctors, Business Owners

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The law, like medicine, offers few absolutes: Personal liability umbrella policies are not a “magic bullet” that either always or never works. Despite their limits, they remain a key tool in your personal asset-protection plan and your most essential (and affordable) first line of defense. We’ve discussed the fact that many doctors and business owners […]

Is your housekeeper, chef or nanny a lawsuit liability? Probably.

DOMESTIC EMPLOYEE

The frequency and exposure of lawsuits by various domestic help is a serious and growing threat. In the last few years I have seen more claims by domestic staff including maids, nannies, housekeepers, cooks, gardeners, personal trainers and etc. than ever before. Claims include wage and labor issues, sexual harassment, personal injury, wrongful termination, and […]

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

WEALTH IN AMERICA

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   […]

Teen who takes stolen drugs at party sues pharmacy, parents of party host and others, WINS $4.1MM

THE DANGER OF

Teen who takes stolen drugs at party sues pharmacy, parents of party host and others, wins $4.1MM http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/12/saddle_river_man_to_receive_41.html The article  link above shows the scope and zeal of lawsuits that seek to assign blame in their quest for a deep pocket. In this case, a former employee of a pharmacy steals drugs (Xanax) and takes them […]

Asset Protection: Are Your Children a Lawsuit Exposure?

KIDS & LAWSUITS

I clearly remember when I first really understood that my parents were responsible for my actions.  I was 15 years old and standing in front of my high school with my friends when a kid from another clique walked up and started running his mouth a bit too much. One of my friends objected and […]