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Ike Devji | Pro Asset Protection

Year-End Tax-Scams Targeting Doctors and Business Owners


 The year-end planning rush so familiar to physicians has many pitfalls including a variety of serious tax scams. Some scams covertly target you externally, while others are actually brought to doctors and business owners by their own would-be advisors; today we provide some red flags to look out for on both fronts. This is part […]

Negative Publicity: Crisis Management for Businesses, Medical Practices

Issues in the news like the recent Ashley Madison data dump prove how negative publicity related to your practice or  the personal activities of any of its owners or employees, can have devastating effects on your professional reputation and financial solvency. Regardless of the cause, every business and medical practice owner and manager should understand some PR crisis […]

Year-End Tax Plan Sales Targeting Doctors, Business Owners


The last quarter of the year is historically an active time for physicians and business owners and their tax, legal and financial advisors. Given increased regulatory issues, I.R.S. scrutiny and increased fraud, it’s vital that you do some basic due diligence before you pull out your checkbook. Doctors are heavily solicited for a variety of tax and […]

Employment Manuals Commonly Overlooked in Asset Protection Plans


Medical practices and other businesses of all types face many types of risk outside the strict scope of their professional liability. One major lawsuit risk to business owners and doctors is employment-related lawsuits that must be mitigated with a professionally drafted employment manual. I continually stress that a good asset protection plan has many layers, including management of all reasonably anticipatable risks. […]

Crisis Management: Dealing with Bad Press at Your Business


 Events beyond your control and outside the scope of your business can cause reputational damage and receive media and public attention that can literally shut your business down. Knowing how to handle such an event should be part of your asset protection plan. A previous article examined the different types of crisis plans required to operate any business, especially one that […]

LLC Sales Myths Harm Doctors, Business Owners: Asset Protection


It is important for every doctor and business owner to understand some basics about the Limited Liability Company, commonly known as an LLC; what it is, how it is created, and some of the benefits a well-drafted and maintained LLC can provide. Unfortunately I regularly get reports from my own clients that have been at medical […]

IRA Creditor Protection Issues – Asset Protection


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 […]

Urgent Care Centers: Asset Protection for Doctors, Owners


Asset Protection attorney Ike Devji was heavily featured in a recent article in The Ambulatory M&A Advisor titled “Asset Protection for Your Urgent Care Business” by Brittany Belli. Devji works with physicians nationwide and is a frequent CME presenter for medical groups on issues including asset protection, wealth preservation and the specific risk management techniques, that […]

New Asset Protection Book Features Attorney Ike Devji

Asset Protection For the Rest of Us, by Michele Williams.

Phoenix, AZ May 19, 2015 Author Michele Williams’ new book , “Asset Protection For The Rest Of Us” seeks to share the information that high net worth individuals and their advisors have and most of middle class America does not. Williams examines some key basic concepts and aims to help her readers keep what they […]

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 […]

Asset Protection: The Bruce Jenner Auto Accident


Bruce Jenner was recently in the headlines after being involved a car accident that included a fatality. Based on the latest news reports, it is now suspected that Jenner hit at least two vehicles while driving, and one of the vehicles he hit was pushed into oncoming traffic where the elderly driver was killed, after being […]

Tax Scam Warning – Fraud and ID Theft in 2015


Tax filing related scams are at all-time high and we are warning our clients about some specific fact patterns and known risks.  These criminal scams take many forms including mail, phone, email and now even social media and texts. Phone calls and email still seem to make up the bulk of the attempts, make sure […]

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, […]

Legal Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Medical Practices, Businesses


Many doctors and business owners across the U.S. are in the process of working on selling their practices and/or on a succession plan. Here are four common legal issues to watch out for when selling your medical practice, or any other business: 1. Failing to be independently represented Whether buying or selling a practice, it’s […]

Asset-Protection Basics You Must Understand in 2015


Here are some key conceptual issues about Asset Protection doctors and business owners should understand as we go into a new year: 1. The best medicine, just as in your profession, is prevention, not treatment. Timing is always a key concept from a legal perspective; you may be legally unable to act (fraudulent conveyance, voidable […]

D.E.A. Raid on NFL and Doctors: Opiod Prescription Risks

Dr. Zaheer Shah, MD, JD

A recent DEA operation included the surprise search and interview of players and staff including medical staff of several NFL football teams including the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to news reports. This investigative action comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed on behalf of former players alleging that NFL doctors […]

Joan Rivers’ Death Puts Liability Spotlight on Outpatient Surgery Centers


Comedienne Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest while being treated at an ASC, or outpatient surgery center and died a week later after lapsing into a coma. As a result, ASCs are in the media and regulatory spotlight for a variety of legal issues, including doctor referrals, standards of care and how they are run, often not […]

Asset Protection Attorney Ike Devji Featured In Wall St. Journal

Asset Protection Attorney Ike Devji

Phoenix, Arizona. Asset Protection attorney Ike Devji was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal story about Offshore Asset Protection Trusts by Norb Vonnegut. “It was pleasure to be part of Norb’s story, especially since he took the time to ask the right questions and do his homework, most reporters focus only on the sensational […]

Is Using Offshore Trusts for Asset Protection Still a Good Idea?


There are many specific methods for implementing Asset Protection planning, some work some don’t. We’ve always had a bias towards the use of offshore trust structures set up at the right time, in the right place with the right language. Why? Because they take the discretion away from plaintiffs and their attorneys and create a […]

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

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 […]