Divorce, inheritance, health issues, creditors, employees, theft, changing markets, malpractice suits, sexual harassment claims, natural disasters and disgruntled business partners are just a few issues that can result in devastating lawsuits for unprepared business owners. The highest level of risk falls on those who think they are immune. Will you be signing loan documents, a personal guaranty or a lease? Do you have rental properties or employees? Are you in a high-risk occupation such as an attorney or physician? Do you work in construction or perform professional services? Do you have children from a prior marriage? Smart asset-ownership structures can protect you and your business against subsequent creditor enforcement actions.
We assist our clients in determining the appropriate level of asset protection planning for their particular circumstances. We will consider insurance, prenuptial agreements, asset segregation, choice of jurisdiction, gifting, LLCs, partnerships, corporations, and asset protection trusts. Customized combinations are layered depending on the needs of the client and as appropriate.
There are many different strategies to accomplish the protection of your assets while you are alive and after you are gone. To find out which strategies may be right for you, contact us for a Family Wealth Planning Meeting.
And if you have a business, your very first step is to ensure that your business is set up correctly; contact us at 650-488-1829 for a consultation.