Asset Protection Trusts, though seemingly complex, offer arguably the highest level of asset protection of any of the financial vehicles available. It is important to choose the right Asset Protection Trust type and structure to maximise the benefits available.
An asset protection attorney is someone who assets you in putting together an asset protection plan that works for you and your unique situation.
An asset protection attorney is a lawyer who specialises in assisting their clients to establish a legal means to protect their assets against lawsuits, creditor claims, divorces, and other financial threats.
The attorney will not necessarily refer to themselves specifically as an “asset protection” attorney. Though there are various titles which they may have, such as “trust attorney” or “estate lawyer” or "family planner". Asset security is a complex and sensitive issue that requires a degree of discretion.
Whatever your asset protection attorney calls themselves, it is important that they should have sound knowledge about the laws and tools available which can best help you protect your assets, whether your looking for a domestic solution or and foreign offshore solution.
Asset protection is variable and filled with subtle complexities that make it difficult for a person to solve individually. Most corporate protection structures require very careful and well thought out structuring in order to maximize the effectiveness of the entity.
Often many of the wording of trust and will documentation is convoluted and filled with legal phrases that make it difficult to clearly understand. Without properly knowing your obligation as a protector or beneficiary you will not know your responsibilities. Many of the regulations and laws are also easily misinterpreted especially when using more complex multi-jurisdictional arrangements with multiple entities and parties involved.
Worse yet, you could slip up and even make the mistake of not staying within the bounds of the law, resulting in the very lawsuits you are trying to avoid. It is therefore vital to enlist the help of a qualified attorney who can ensure that everything is done properly and efficiently.
An asset protection attorney is there to:
It is important to find the right attorney to help you find the most appropriate solutions for your situation. A good asset attorney should be someone who:
The best choice is not necessarily the cheapest attorney available. Take your time to do your research and meet with a few attorneys before deciding. You should leave your first meeting feeling like you have a clear and informed perspective about what the next steps are for you to implement your asset protection plan.
To save yourself and your attorney valuable time and resources, it is good to be well-prepared before your first meeting. You should have considered how much time and money you are willing to put into implementing asset protection strategies as well as a general idea about which tools and/or strategies you would be interested in pursuing.
Documentation will be needed in the beginning to properly map out our asset strategy that includes things like bank statements, trust certificates, housing deeds, receipts of physical assets, proof of digital assets etc.
Every situation is different the most optimal asset protection strategy for you could maybe different than the next person. Your asset protection attorney will do a full analysis of your financial situation, and help you determine which assets can be transferred, protected and whether needs to be any changes in your documentation.
The more well-prepared you are, the easier it will be for the attorney to understand your situation and provide you with the best possible counsel.
The best time to implement a comprehensive asset protection plan is now, not after a lawsuit or other threat arises. There are laws which make it difficult to implement protective measures after a case has been opened, and such measures can easily be deemed to be “fraudulent transfers”.
While there can be some measures that can be taken after a lawsuit has begun, it is much easier to protect your assets before things turn ugly. That is why you should not wait until tomorrow. Start taking the necessary steps today, and seek the help of a qualified asset protection attorney to help you on the way.
Of all the different ways to form an asset protection trust; irrevocable trusts that are offshore APTs that own 100% of an offshore LLC have shown to provide the best level of wealth protection. Establishing such an APT in a favorable jurisdiction like the Cook Islands is indeed an integral part of a successful offshore asset protection strategy.
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