Titling Assets: Pitfalls to Avoid

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Individuals should proceed with caution and utilize experienced counsel when titling new assets or transferring title to existing assets. This issue of the APN is the first of two parts addressing the most frequent failings of individuals attempting to implement do-it-yourself asset protection by titling/retitling assets.

State Exemption Laws: Pitfalls to Avoid (Part 2)

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All states provide some degree of “asset protection” through their state exemption laws. Such laws shield certain types of assets, such as homestead, wages, annuities, life insurance and retirement funds from creditor claims. This issue of the APN is the second of two parts addressing the most frequent errors people make in attempting to implement asset protection on their own by using (or failing to use) state exemption laws.

In Asset Protection Legislation, Alaska Takes a Leap Ahead of Other States, But It’s Still a State

On July 10, 2003, Alaska amended its 1997 Alaska Trust Act (the “2003 Bill”) in an effort to stay in the forefront of the growing list of states seeking to generate trust business by providing settlors with creditor protection and estate freeze legislation. This type of legislation attempts to rival that offered by certain offshore jurisdictions. The 2003 Bill makes Alaska more attractive as an domestic asset protection situs. As a state in the United States, however, Alaska falls short of providing the ultimate protection offered by certain offshore jurisdictions – lack of U.S. court power to upset asset protection planning.

A Review and Critique of the 2003 Utah Trust Law Amendments

On March 22, 2003, Utah joined the growing list of states which have enacted asset protection trust legislation. This article provides a review and critique of those provisions of the Utah legislation which pertain to asset protection. Trusts which are subject to the new legislation will be referred to herein as “Utah trusts”.

Domestic Asset Protection Trusts: Do They Work?

Many seminars and articles of late have introduced and discussed the concept of domestic asset protection trusts. This is primarily a result of “protective” trust legislation enacted in 1997 by Alaska and Delaware (Missouri has also enacted such legislation, but has not promoted it as have Alaska and Delaware). But is this domestic planning effective?

Domestic Asset Protection Trusts: How Do They Compare With Offshore?

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In this issue we will examine the importance of proper design of the asset protection trust, and, integrally related to proper trust design, the importance of competent, experienced counsel. We’re sure you have all heard the expression, “bad facts make bad law”. That is the unfortunate circumstance of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson. Adding insult to injury, incompetent or inexperienced counsel can make matters even worse.

Domestic Asset Protection Trusts

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Many seminars and articles of late have introduced the concept of domestic asset protection trusts (APT’s). This is primarily a result of the 1997 enactment of “protective” trust legislation by Alaska and Delaware. In this issue we will examine how effective these domestic asset protection trust laws are in protecting assets.

Limited Liability Companies: Ready for Prime Time?

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Limited liability companies are being utilized more and more as one state after another adopts a version of a limited liability company statute. A Uniform Limited Liability Company Act was proposed in August, 1994, but as of this writing, no state has adopted it.