How to Protect Your Assets

Written by admin on May 6th, 2011

Are wondering what is asset protection planning and how does it work? Well, you can put it this way. It can be considered to be a method of getting prepared for any and all possible future lawsuits. A perfect planning is to save your asset from future creditors.

It is a process of rearranging the ownership of the assets you have. You may pass on the ownership of your assets to other people so that the creditors can not touch your asset during a lawsuit. Asset protection often acts as a supplementary insurance. Proper planning can save you from other risks associated with your business or profession. In general asset protection planning actually safeguard your asset from possible risks.

There can be various degrees of debt-creditors law (also known as asset protection law). There are simple plans as well as complex plans. The more complex the plan, the more effective it will be. Though complex planning gives you added protection it also involves various restrictions.

Should you hire an expert to do the planning?

Do your assets include estate that requires planning if you die? If yes, then you probably have enough assets which call for protection plan. In such cases it is absolutely necessary to protect these assets from future lawsuits that may take place before your death. The planning is undoubtedly personal but it has to be based on risk aversion. It also depends on your asset level as well as the level of protection required for your asset. Now it is not your cup of tea to assess all these factors. Therefore it is important to hire a professional to handle the asset protection plan.

What assets you can protect?

Asset protection actually includes exempt property which the creditors can not touch during a lawsuit. Exempt property has different definitions in each state of US because all the states have their unique law defining exempt property. There can be properties that are entirely exempt as well as properties that are limited exempt. Some of the very common exempt property examples include jewelry, household furnishing, clothing, tools of a business and so on. In many cases things like social security and life insurance plans are also defined as exempt properties.

Those whose properties are not exempt need to give asset protection planning a serious thought. This effective plan is going to transfer your property to an irrevocable trust. When you transfer the ownership of your assets to some trust you save the properties from future creditors. It will not only protect your property when you are alive but will also safeguard your property from tax collectors after your death.

However asset protection planning also has some disadvantages. When you transfer the ownership the new owner gets exposed to creditors. Moreover you lose your personal control over the asset that has been entitled to another owner.

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