Why Giving Assets To Spouse, Relatives Isn’t Asset Protection

The thing about bad planing is that it tends to stack up, getting bigger and badder with each step. Like waiting too late to act, then doing what you’re not allowed to when you’re not allowed to do it. The Old, “I Don’t Own Anything, My Wife (Kid, Brother, etc.) Owns It All” We have previously […]

Estate Planning FAIL: Trusts Without Pour-Over Wills

  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, […]

Hidden Assets, Buried Gold, Stuffed Safes and Other Asset Protection and Estate Plans FAILS

The article below is by Attorney Mike King, and shares some detail on the legal issues surrounding intestate property and especially that which is “hidden” and undisclosed. My expectation is that this will be a common story for the next twenty years plus as many people who are currently accumulating and “hiding” assets like gold, jewels, […]

Incomplete Gift Tax Reporting – A Common FATAL Asset Protection Flaw

RELYING ON GIFTING TO RELATIVES AND FRIENDS  (SEE ALSO FAILING TO ACT)  Transferring all of your assets to your spouse and/or children, especially after something has happened, will not protect your assets from a lawsuit. Even if it did protect those assets from your lawsuits, transferring your assets to your spouse and/or children opens up another Pandora’s […]