What is an ILIT or Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust ? (and why should doctors and business owners use it)

ILIT

We’ve previously devoted a number of discussions to the use of life insurance by physicians and business owners including a look at how to buy insurance and discussions of its specific uses and how much life insurance a doctor and his or her spouse should have. This week we take an introductory look at a […]

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 […]

Attorney Ike Devji Joins Davis Miles Mcguire Gardner to Create Asset Protection & Wealth Preservation Law Group

Press Release  Asset Protection Attorney Ike Devji joins multi-state law firm of Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC – expanding needed legal services to high net worth clients and their advisors. Phoenix, February 10, 2014:   Noted Asset Protection Attorney Ike Devji has joined the law firm of Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC (DMMG) and its […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is a Captive Insurance Company a Fit for Your Business or Medical Practice?

In our two previous discussions we introduced the general concept of a captive insurance company (captive) as well as specific qualifying questions to help doctors pick a good captive administrator. This week we examine some key issues that can help determine if your specific medical practice is at the point where a captive may create […]

Questions to ask Captive Insurance Provider – Asset Protection – Due Dilligence

We continue last week’s look at captive insurance companies as an asset protection, risk management, and wealth accumulation vehicle for physicians by providing some basic due diligence questions. I am frequently called upon by clients to provide an opinion or sit in on a call or meeting with a prospective captive provider. Sometimes I am […]

A Physician’s Start-Up Guide: Picking the Best Real Estate for Your Medical Practice

Buying the perfect building for your medical practice requires you to consider much more than “location, location, location.”  In our first two discussions on starting a new practice we’ve examined both the fine points of doctors’ serious liability for debt involved with buying a building or financing a medical practice start-up and common issues physicians […]

Doctors Pleading To Misdemeanors for Heath Care Fraud – Fight or Settle?

law and money for doctors

We are in the golden age of health care fraud prosecution as means of revenue and income protection by both the government and insurance companies. Doctors are increasingly  in a position where they need to make a decision to fight or settle, regardless of the veracity of the claim or the actual intent involved. This article sheds […]

D.I.Y. Asset Protection Strategies Every Physician and Business Owner Can Implement

Many of the issues and case studies we have discussed on physician asset protection planning in the age of decreased earnings and unlimited liability may seem daunting and complex. Fortunately, not all the moves you can make require a great deal of time and expertise to address. Here are some small simple issues that every […]

Tax Planing Schemes Every Physician (and Business Owner) Should Avoid

The next 60 days marks the final push to sell physicians and private business owners across the United States tax plans of both good and questionable value. Promoters of various plans are well aware of the pressures affecting your income and will make a variety of frivolous arguments that appeal to your desire to save. As […]

Real Estate Liabilities and Physicians’ Financial Solvency

As an asset protection attorney, my primary responsibility has always been helping clients identify and proactively plan against as many litigation-related exposures as possible. That planning now includes a more complete evaluation of financial and economic risks than ever before. Below is one common example that illustrates the challenges many are facing and the importance […]

Doctors Going Broke in the News (and Those Who Aren’t )

There has been a great deal of discussion about the current financial state of American doctors in the news and in many online forums frequented by physicians. All problems identified in the article and the subsequent discussions it has spawned are related directly to the general poor state of the economy. Primarily, decreases in compensation; […]

Beyond Pie Charts: Three Vital Year-End Financial Planning Questions for Doctors

law and money for doctors

The complexity of the current business environment and economy can easily feel overwhelming to many medical professionals. As we’ve discussed in previous articles, asset protection and wealth preservation planning for doctors is not just about litigation and must include a holistic balance of legal, financial, tax, and insurance planning. My work with some of the […]