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Asset Protection Planning: Move Assets Off of Your Balance Sheets

July 23, 2018

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

If you are thinking about the best way to protect yourself, regardless of the current political laws surrounding estate and tax planning, it’s a good idea to engage with a lawyer who also has a background in asset protection planning.

Most people don’t understand what asset protection planning includes until it’s too late. Shielding your assets from creditors and predators in advance, however, is essential if you don’t want to learn the lesson the hard way.

As a client, you will want to consider all real estate, family business, investments accounts and life insurance interests by transferring them into a trust, if possible. Issues like a family business can complicate your estate planning significantly. Since a family business usually seen as a long-term investment, you might want to sell it into a trust. This will give an income stream to older people who want to give up the day to day operations and responsibilities of the business without losing all of their access to the security of the financial security provided by the asset. Business interests should typically be sold when the value is modest, so that growth can occur outside of the individual person’s estate. Selling off a business interest also allows for things known as valuation discounts, such that greater equity goes into the trust. Life insurance can also be sold into a trust in order to avoid three years look back issues.

In the event that you choose to gift life insurance into an irrevocable trust and pass away within three years, typically the internal revenue service will put that asset back into the estate, but a sale of the life insurance policy into a trust can avoid this problem. Finally, real estate can be sold into a trust for similar reasons as family businesses. asset protection lawyer

If you wait until a legal claim or issue has already come up, the options for really protecting your assets are much more limited. That’s why you need the support of an attorney months or years in advance.

Protecting these assets and also considering the different ways that a family business or an individual could be exposed to the risk of lawsuits and other challenges should be carefully considered with the help of an experienced estate planning attorney when you are planning to look forward into the future and to do as much as possible to prevent problems and personal liabilities.

 

What Happens If You Inherit Property Overseas?

June 7, 2018

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

Many people wish to pass on valuable property, including that which may be located in other countries, to their loved ones. But what happens when you inherit property overseas. It might initially seem like a dream come true but it could come with challenges.

Many Americans who inherit property overseas will have to navigate a very complicated foreign legal system and often in another language. The amount of paperwork associated with these international receipts of materials in and of itself can be overwhelming. There are accounts that must be transferred, expenses that must be paid, and other issues that may arise based on the type of property you inherit. Furthermore, there may be a legacy associated with the property that you receive, making it difficult to hold up to these expectations if you were not anticipating the receipt of such property. When an American inherits property overseas, it falls under foreign statutes.

This means that wherever the real estate is located, the laws of that country govern it. This makes it all the more important to ensure that if you have access to foreign property that you plan to pass onto your loved ones, that you set aside time to talk to estate planning professionals in that local area about what this might look like for your family and how to best avoid challenges for them in the future.

Are There Significant Tax Consequences of Gifting After Death?

June 6, 2018

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

Your parents may have the best of intentions when passing along assets to you after they pass away, but the truth is that by making planning considerations during the course of their life time, they are actually setting their beneficiaries or children up for much better success. This is primarily because of what is known as the stepped-up basis. There is a major difference between gifted and inherited assets and how you choose to pass these on to your loved ones can make things much easier for them. 

If your loved ones choose to gift something to you over the course of their life time, you will have the benefit of paying same capital gains taxes that they would have if they were to sell those assets today. However, if they gifted to you upon death, you may be responsible for a range of different taxes and will have to pay a much higher amount due to these stepped-up basis.

The tax basis of any asset that is held until a person’s death is officially stepped up to fair market value, which means that setting aside time to speak with an experienced estate planning attorney can help you to avoid many of the most common problems and challenges surrounding the very process of passing things on to your loved ones.  

Protecting Your Assets Must Include a Basic Estate Plan

March 12, 2018

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

Although more people are recognizing the value of a simple estate plan, asset protection planning is also garnering popularity among people who are accumulating significant assets who wish to protect them. A NJ lawyer can help with asset protection planning

It may seem intimidating to put together an asset protection plan as the very name seems to indicate that you may have significant wealth to your name, but the worst thing you can do when it comes to asset protection planning and estate planning is nothing. If you become incapacitated or suddenly pass away without an estate plan, you make things much more complicated for your loved ones.

You could also lengthen the process for them to go through court to deal with your various assets and this could be catastrophic for your taxes as well. Being exposed to risks over the course of your life should prompt you to schedule a consultation with an asset protection planning attorney.

Without the appropriate legal documents and strategies in place, there’s no guarantee that the people that you want to handle your estate or your business will be able to do so. Family members frequently don’t know how a deceased person wants to distribute their assets and what he or she wanted in terms of funeral arrangements.

Asset protection planning goes one step further to consider the benefits of protecting your interests now while you’re still alive from creditors and other predators. Schedule a consultation with an asset protection planning attorney to learn more about how the process of estate planning can assist you with establishing assets well into the future.

What Doctors Need to Know About Estate Planning

February 27, 2018

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Laura Pennington @ 9:15 am

Most doctors are hesitant about unnecessary paperwork in their life but because of this, they avoid taking on critical planning responsibilities as it relates to their estate. Estate planning can even seem morbid or excessively time consuming for someone with an already busy schedule. However, you should definitely start to put together your own estate plan if you’re a physician because you already face a heightened risk of lawsuits and a need for asset protection planning. There are several different steps that doctors can take in order to increase their chances of successful estate planning

Estate planning doesn’t have to be complicated and should instead be in line with your direct needs. Some of the most important steps that doctors can take are relatively simple and can be accomplished in an afternoon. These include:

  •   Looking into long term life insurance to provide critical benefits for your family members if something were to happen to you.
  •   Ensuring that your practice has an appropriate business succession plan in place should you become disabled or suddenly pass away, enabling your loved ones to take action and step in if necessary.
  •   Verify your beneficiary designations have been updated on an annual basis in reflection with any life changes.
  •   Ensure that you have at least a basic will in addition to other trusts and tools that can be used to help to protect your loved ones.

Wealthy Individuals Must Not Forget Art Planning

January 3, 2018

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

Many wealthy individuals set aside time to sit down with an experienced estate planning attorney to talk about how their bonds, stocks, private equity and more are passed down to heirs. However, they frequently leave out their art collection and do not allow beneficiaries to have the appropriate information to have it valued and protected. 

The Art Basel, Miami Beach BS Study called ‘For the Love of Art’ showed that up to 87% of current art collectors intend to pass their collection down to their children, but nearly 60% have not told their heirs how to sell it, appraise it or manage it. The UBS study was part of a bigger research project, looking at more than 2,400 investors that had at least a million dollars in investable assets. For the purpose of the art collection study, 363 art collectors were evaluated.

Many children of art collectors do intend to keep the art that their parents pass down, up to 81%, in fact. However, less than half of those art collectors have even had their art appraised, which is a crucial step for protecting the valuable pieces now and well into the future.

What U.S. Citizens Living Abroad Should Know About Asset Transfers

December 26, 2017

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

In the process of international estate and trust planning, there are many different details that need to be addressed to maximize the financial health of families that have connections to overseas countries and the United States, and to minimize the potential tax implications. tips for Americans living abroad taxes

There are many concerns that will become more prominent in the coming years about proper succession planning and the transfer of wealth for U.S. citizens living abroad.

Many of these individuals have a concern about reducing their estate tax liability upon the death of the U.S. citizen wherever possible. Succession planning strategies that are implemented to minimize or reduce estate tax obligations should be carefully crafted so as not to trigger adverse tax consequences down the road. Scheduling a consultation with an experienced estate planning lawyer is the only way to know for sure that you have considered all potential obstacles and issues in your individual plan to minimize tax obligations.

The right attorney can be a significant asset as you raise questions and ensure that your plan comprehensively addresses all of your primary concerns. Schedule a consultation with an estate planning lawyer today to learn more.

Estate Planning and the Opioid Crisis

December 20, 2017

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

 

The opioid crisis has significantly affected many families across the country. The growing epidemic of addiction is also changing the need for estate planning. Addiction statistics show that more than 142 Americans die each day from a drug overdose. It’s also anticipated that more than 650,000 people will die over the next decade from opioid overdoses. estate planning and opioids

A family member suffering from addiction can generate unique concerns about estate and wealth planning. Estate planning professionals have for decades focused on tax planning- a valuable approach. 

However, a lot of tax exposure has been eliminated in recent years, although an addict can put unimaginable financial and emotional strain on a family. If you are concerned about someone who is addicted to opioids in your family, they may be exhibiting unpredictable or violent behavior, and this can lead to further conflict within the family.

Estate planning options for someone who appears to be addicted to opioids could include:

  •   An outright bequest
  •   A disinheritance
  •   Distribution of funds to siblings for the benefit of the beneficiary addicted
  •   Trust planning

The addicted beneficiary should be given an opportunity to review any trust and then funding should be completed after the beneficiary signs the document.

These complex issues highlight why it is so important to hire an experienced attorney who will be sensitive to your individual needs and protect your family and loved ones well into the future. The right lawyer is a major asset when putting together the paperwork for your claim.

Are Your Assets Enough to Warrant an Estate Plan?

October 26, 2017

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

The majority of estate plans are drafted by attorneys and this is primarily done because many people are not aware of their rights and responsibilities and may make mistakes in using online forms or do-it-yourself services. Many people also avoid the estate planning process because they do not want to contemplate their own chances of disability or death. This is a necessary component of approaching estate planning.

The good news is that you may have already started the process even if you are not aware of it. If you have designated beneficiaries on your life insurance policy or on your retirement accounts, you’ve already started the ball rolling with the estate planning process. Most people are under the impression that they simply shouldn’t engage in estate planning if they do not have an estate large enough to trigger the federal estate tax payment. consider your assets when estate planning

This is not true because there are a variety of different issues such as who will take over for you if you become incapacitated and unable to manage your financial or health care decisions, as well as the distribution of your personal property, that should be incorporated in an estate plan regardless of the value of the various assets you own. Talking to an attorney allows you to formalize your goals and to learn more about the ways that you may have overlooked potential estate planning issues.

Everyone can benefit from the services provided by an experienced estate planning attorney, because even without having significant assets or millions of dollars that would trigger the federal estate tax payment, you can still learn more about how to protect your family and your loved ones if something were to happen to you.

Tips for Estate Planning After Receiving a Cancer Diagnosis

September 13, 2017

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

There are many different events in your life that may prompt you to think about the benefits of estate planning such as purchasing your first home or having a child or becoming a grandparent. Some of the events that occur in your life that can prompt you to consider estate planning can be more difficult than others.

 

Cancer, unfortunately, is a reality that far too many people will face over the course of their lifetime and may impact many people across the country in an indirect or direct manner. Understanding the estate planning steps you can take to protect your assets and your legacy after a cancer diagnosis is important and should be done under the guidance of an experienced estate planning lawyer.

There are new cases of cancer every year that affect 454 out of every 100,000 people and the annual cancer deaths affect 171 out of every 100,000 people. According to nationwide statistics, nearly 40% of women and men will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime and cancer mortality is higher for men when compared with women. Impulsive actions caused by panic are common with anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis but sitting down with a planner to discuss the various strategies to address their complex challenges can be extremely beneficial.

An inventory of all items that you own and a prioritized list of steps put together by your estate planning lawyer can help you to tackle the most important steps and determine whether or not you already have existing insurance and force that can help prepare you and your family for this difficult time ahead. If you have questions about how a cancer diagnosis or any other major health issue affects your estate plan, contact a knowledgeable lawyer today.

Asset Protection Planning Beyond the Traditional Trust

June 12, 2017

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

 

Most people who understand the basics of asset protection probably have a revocable trust that can be easily changed and will eliminate the need for probate or naming a guardian in the event that you become incapacitated or pass away. However, leaving this as your primary mode of asset protection is risky. This type of trust does not necessarily offer any additional protection against your creditors over the course of your life or after it. This critical lack of protection could make a big difference if you suddenly need money for long term care and you could be exposing your non-liquid assets to significant risk. 

Given that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identified that the average cost of long-term care is $138,000 per individual and that 50% of people in the United States will need assistance to meet their long-term care goals after age 65, it’s important to take a long-range view of asset protection as well. Just one negative asset protection event could jeopardize the entire structure of decades of financial planning.

Thinking ahead often requires the insight of an experienced professional like a knowledgeable asset protection planning attorney. With so many things to think about, you don’t want to be caught unaware when it comes to your financial decisions. Just one lawsuit could jeopardize what you have worked so hard to build.

Proper asset protection planning and business planning is the next crucial step for helping families adjust for the rising costs of long-term care. Remember that it can take years for asset protection planning to be effective so it’s a process you need to engage with early and after consulting with a knowledgeable lawyer about.

Asset Protection Planning: Thinking Ahead When You Get Married

May 3, 2017

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

Divorce is not inevitable but many people find the process of thinking about their future finances and ending their marriage as extremely difficult when they are just planning the wedding itself. However, a strategic wealth plan can be an important component of asset protection planning. asset protection planning goals

 

Divorce is a risk that every marriage faces. It is strongly advised that every individual thinking about getting married consider asset protection for their own sake as well as for the future of their children and future generations. The best financial protection that an individual who has any significant wealth entering into a marriage can provide is to put together an asset protection trust or classify a dynasty trust.

 

Other multi-generational wealth planning tools can also be advantageous. This protection can help remove the wealth from the hands of future creditors, future ex-spouses, inappropriate beneficiaries or lawsuit decisions. This can also help individuals to avoid starting a marriage without having the uncomfortable conversation about prenuptial agreements.

Asset protection planning is an important topic that parents should always consider, as well as any couple that intends to protect their assets from unintended consequences. There are several different types of assets that you can protect in the process of asset protection planning including:

  •       Real estate
  •       Financial gifts
  •       Inheritances

Having the assets protected inside a domestic asset protection trust or an irrevocable trust is strongly recommended.   

                                                                                      

The Threats for Wealthy Families Are on The Rise

May 2, 2017

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

Security threats are more prevalent than ever and multi-family offices are being targeted in the most recent round of attacks. According to a recent study, only 9% of all respondents out of 55 family wealth firms were involved day to day in security risk management. Although up to 73% reported recent concerns associating incidents involving their clients.

 

asset protection planner lawyerA comprehensive asset protection planning approach should always be taken for any wealthy family that is concerned about protecting the wealth they have worked so hard to build. The most prevalent type of financial issue affecting wealthy families, according to the study was credit card fraud.
More than half of the respondents indicated that, at least one of their clients was a victim of credit card fraud in the previous year. Another unsuspecting and yet serious trend has to do with tax returns being hijacked. Given that there are many different ways that high net worth individuals can be targeted, including litigation or a spouse attempting to pursue personal assets as a stake in the divorce, it is extremely important for any high net worth individual to schedule consultation with an experienced asset protection planning attorney to talk over the benefits of advanced planning.

Keep Business Assets Separate from Personal Assets

January 2, 2017

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

In the process of asset protection planning, there are many different steps you need to take. You need to begin by separating your business assets from your personal assets. In addition, as you develop income diversity it is equally more important to consider business and personal assets as separate. This helps to protect these assets in different situations. For example, if you become the subject of a lawsuit, your creditors could tap into the businesses that you have worked so hard to build. Ensure that your business structures have been developed properly to protect any personal assets.NJ asset protection lawyer

Making use of trusts is one common way that you can engage in successful asset protection planning situations. An attorney who specializes in the process of asset protection can help you identify the right strategies and documents to assist you with this goal. Getting assistance in managing your assets can be extremely important in the protection process. Having tight control over all of your assets at any time means that someone from the outside can successfully argue that you are truly in control of all the assets and that they are yours rather than being placed inside a trust and having the trust maintain the ownership.

It is very important to have a barrier between you and your assets for this purpose. Unfortunately, there are many different risks that could jeopardize the control and future of your assets. Failing to take action until it’s too late could mean losing access to these assets and generating numerous unnecessary problems. Consulting with an experienced asset protection planning attorney could help.

                                                                                                                

Creditor Protection for IRAs and Beneficiaries: Keep This Estate Planning Tip in Mind

December 12, 2016

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

An individual retirement account offers significant tax-deferred savings as a savings vehicle. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that tax deferral is not the only benefit than an IRA offers. Another potential benefit is creditor protection in the event that a person has to file bankruptcy. This raises the question, however, of whether or not beneficiaries are protected if the person owning the IRA passes away. 

Investors must think carefully about how their assets should be protected in the event of lawsuits or bankruptcy. This process is known as asset protection planning. In recent years the Supreme Court has helped to provide clarity on these issues. 401(k)s and Social Security benefits as well as pensions have some protection from creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and IRAs do as well. This means that your IRA assets are typically safeguarded and cannot be ceased by a creditor if you choose to file a bankruptcy.

Be aware, however, that this protection does not extend to other types of civil lawsuits, IRS levies or judgements. Your assets may also be protected from creditors based on your state law but bear in mind that these rules vary based on your location. Assets that have been rolled over to an IRA from a qualified plan may not be subject to full protection and the same dollar limits. Consulting with a knowledgeable asset protection planning attorney is strongly recommended so that you can craft a plan most in line with your individual needs and the risks you want to guard against.  Proper asset protecting planning takes place well in advance of a crisis event.

 

Bear in Mind That Asset Protection Planning Does Not Wholly Replace Insurance

December 1, 2016

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

 

Asset protection planning is an important process that allows you to take all of your chips off the table while you are still in good times so that you are eligible to walk away from the table a winner, no matter what happens in less good times. 

Those individuals who worry the most about asset protection should be those who are most concerned about getting sued. Doctors and others with a high perceived value of wealth are at the most risk of being pursued because creditors believe that they have assets to attack. Bear in mind that asset protection planning should be approached comprehensively with the assistance of a knowledgeable asset protection planning attorney.

Asset protection planning in and of itself is not a complete replacement for insurance. It is a myth that asset protection plans will totally scare away plaintiffs. An asset protection plan also doesn’t cover your legal fees in the event that you do need to defend against a lawsuit. Insurance can assist to supplement your current asset protection planning goals and it can help you survive an allegation of fraudulent transfer.

In the event that you do become sued, the insurance company may pay to defend this and settle this since this is what you are paying premiums to have covered in the first place. To learn more about asset protection planning and how you can guard against problems in the future by taking action now, consult with an experienced New Jersey asset protection planning lawyer.

 

Why Worrying About Asset Protection Planning is Worth It

November 1, 2016

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

In today’s busy world it’s easy to overlook the numerous responsibilities that you have on your plate. Thinking about estate planning, running a business, managing your family, and dealing with all of the details associated with day-to-day life in the US can be overwhelming. That being said, you have worked so hard to establish your assets and your growing wealth. 

In the event that you ignore these, you could find yourself in big trouble down the road if you do not engage in the process of asset protection planning. One of the most important things you can do is to set up a meeting with an experienced asset protection planning attorney.

Without a plan in place, you expose yourself to risks associated with a divorce, lawsuit, or creditors coming after you. In the blink of an eye, all of your assets may be exposed immediately in just one unfortunate event. If you take some time to continue the planning process with a lawyer is important. 

You have put a lot of effort into protecting your family and building your own personal legacy. You should be concerned about protecting it, too. There are many different strategies available to you that can help you accomplish estate and asset protection planning goals at the same time. You should not hesitate to reach out to a lawyer when you find yourself in this situation.

If I Don’t Take Any Steps for Asset Protection Planning, Are All of My Assets Exposed to Creditors?

September 5, 2016

Filed under: Asset Protection,Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

Most people who have never engaged in the process of asset protection planning before may wait until it is too late to take appropriate action. Although it is certainly worthwhile to reach out to an asset protection planning attorney in the event that you are already exposed to a claim, there are limited things that an attorney can do as far as developing strategy to prevent this problem from escalating. 

 

The best time to visit someone to talk about asset protection planning is well in advance of a problem emerging.

 

Many assets can be exposed to creditors but some are protected under federal laws. For instance, if you have an ERISA governed qualified retirement plan like a 401(k), these are essentially out of the reach of the creditors in all but a few limited circumstances.

 

State laws may also protect certain assets like as his or her primary residence, but bear in mind that the level of protection will vary from one state to another. The majority of states will also protect individual retirement accounts but not all states will offer the same level of protection to Roth IRAs.
Many individuals will carry life insurance policies as an additional way to pass on assets to future beneficiaries. Meeting with an asset protection planning attorney and discussing all of your options is the best way to determine whether or not you have a comprehensive asset protection planning strategy already set up.

Set up a meeting today to talk over your options by reaching out to info@lawesq.net.

Is Your Revocable Trust Actually Protecting Your Assets?

August 31, 2016

Filed under: Asset Protection,Asset Protection Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

Everyone should be concerned with protecting assets even if you do not believe that you currently have an estate big enough to warrant protection. Of course, wealthy people must consider asset protection because their assets are more at risk and they may become a more frequent target of a major lawsuit. 

However, many people tend to confuse estate planning tools with asset protection planning tools and the most commonly misinterpreted tool is that of a revocable living trust. Many people who put together a revocable living trust may have an inflated sense of security that this accomplishes both their estate planning  and their asset protection planning goals with a living revocable trust, when in truth, it may be that they have significant assets still exposed to risks with creditors.

A revocable trust is often used to hold assets while the person creating the trust is still alive. Assets can be moved in and out of the trust as the individual wishes and the trust will often avoid the costly and lengthy process of probate. However, you should not count on your revocable living trust as a comprehensive safeguard from civil judgements or creditors. A revocable living trust is also not an effective vehicle to avoid paying taxes. Instead, you may want to consider other asset protection planning services that you can learn more about by speaking with an experienced asset protection planning attorney. There are many different concerns you may have in this process and this is why it is essential to work with someone who is familiar with various strategies of asset protection planning.

 

Checklist of Questions That Every Business Owner Needs to Ask

July 5, 2016

Filed under: Asset Protection Planning,Business Succession Planning — Neel Shah @ 9:15 am

There are several different questions that you need to ask in order to ensure that you have protected yourself against risks and engaged in proper planning. shutterstock_189579146

Do All Owners of the Business Have an Updated Buy-Sell Agreement?

A buy-sell agreement determines what happens to ownership interests and the business if they need to be transferred due to a disability, termination of employment or owner’s death.

Have You Reviewed Your Legal Structure at Least On an Annual Basis?

Whether you’ve been in business for awhile or whether you’re new to the game,] make sure that your business structure is always set up in the most advantageous manner.

Has a Succession Plan Been Outlined?

You need to ensure that the ownership and authority have been outlined when a business owner transitions and it is passed on to someone else.

Is There an Emergency Management Transition Plan/Procedure in Place?

Make sure you have a plan in the event that a key individual suddenly becomes incapacitated, unavailable or deceased.

Does Your Business Have Regular Shareholder’s Meetings and Annual Directors Meeting?

You should always schedule these in order to update the stock book and corporate minute book.

Do You Have Updated Contract Forms that Have the Clear Business Terms and Conditions

These forms should have clear terms and conditions aligned with protecting your business.

Have You Reviewed Any Potential Liabilities, Litigation Risks and Obligations?

The business should have a plan to guard against exposure, but you should also make sure that individual owners also have their own personal asset protection plans.

Do You Have an Employee Handbook?

Your employee handbook should include key terms about disabled employee rights, family medical leave, law changes involving discrimination, social media and sexual harassment.

When Hiring Employees, Do You Have Them Sign Noncompete Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements & Confidentiality Agreements?

This can be an excellent way to protect the business you have worked so hard to build and to lay ground rules from the outset of working with a new employee.

Is a Business Executive Compensation Plan in Place?

One of the best ways to reward loyalty is to ensure that you have rewarded retaining key employees and enhancing their commitment to your company.

Are Business Owners Thinking About Growth?

Are you thinking about acquiring other companies and growing your company in this manner?

Are you Thinking About Selling the Business to Someone Else?

If you are thinking about ultimately selling the business, or if you have received increase from someone interested in purchasing the business, there are many different things you need to prepare for.

Have Any Owners of the Business Expressed a Desire to Leave or Separate?

This is one more reason why you need a business succession plan in place.

Do Business Owners Also Have Ownership in real Estate Where the Business is Located?

Make sure that you have reviewed the recent developments and changes in the law and ensure that the legal structure of real estate ownership has been analyzed recently.

Have You Developed an Asset Protection Plan to Minimize Your Exposure to Liabilities?   

Make sure your plan covers all potential liability exposure. You can discuss this further with your New Jersey asset protection protection planning attorney.

 

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