Individuals with significant net worth and charitable goals should consider an asset protection strategy to ensure that their charitable goals will be met. Our contingency fee legal system makes it relatively easy for a lawsuit – justifiable or not – to be brought against a “high value target”. Therefore prudent planning dictates asset protection to be certain that charitable and other dispositions will be made as desired.
Because the US court system often is unpredictable, the key to truly effective asset protection is to remove the ability to reach the assets. If an offshore trust has been properly structured and implemented, and is holding cash and marketable securities offshore, it will be impossible for any creditor to reach those assets.