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Asset Protection 101
How to Ensure You and Your Assets Will Be Safe From Any Legal Attack The Internet is an incredible resource that puts the knowledge of the world at your fingertips. For the consumer, research has never been easier—or more confusing. The sheer volume of information (both good & bad) offered on the Internet, especially when researching an unfamiliar subject like asset protection, can make making an educated decision seem like a monumental task. On this website we offer, in a distilled form, what you need to know in order to understand the most efficient and effective ways to protect your assets.

What Makes Us Qualified
When looking to protect assets most people turn to their family attorney or CPA for advice. What most people don't know is that their trusted attorney or financial advisor has likely never had any training or experience whatsoever in the field of asset protection. Asset protection isn't taught in law school. Although law schools offer classes on corporations, trusts, estates and wills, there is no specific curriculum for asset protection. (See for yourself: Harvard Law School curriculum) Asset protection, after all, is designed to put lawyers out of business. So when looking to implement an asset protection plan the obvious question is, "Who then is qualified to offer advice in the asset protection arena?" The answer to this question is someone who 1) has extensive experience in the asset protection arena and 2) has an impeccable record of asset protection success in and out of the courtroom. The following information summarizes the most important components of an effective asset protection plan, in a simple, easy to understand manner. You will know exactly WHAT PUTS YOU AT RISK and HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF so that you don’t end up in a lawsuit defending your innocence.

Know Your Enemy
"Know your enemy..., for if you know your enemy, you need not fear” - Sun Tzu, Art of War 1|Page

Sure they may come under the guise of higher principles but in the end what most plaintiffs want is your money. How accessible is this information? Thanks to the power of the Internet just about anyone can find out everything you own by performing a simple asset and liability search online. regardless of how good a person you are or that you may have done no wrong. In other words. The mere fact that you own these assets makes you a target. vehicles. If you know what your enemy is after. Therefore it stands to reason that if someone is interested in suing you the first thing their attorney will want to do is see if you are a worthwhile target for a lawsuit in the first place. just about anything else of value that you own. Once they complete their search and determine that you are a worthy prey. you are left with only two options—settle out of court and pay off the plaintiff or pay an attorney $5. This is where effective asset protection can come into play. bank and brokerage accounts and. The ease of access to this kind of “private” information is disturbing. A properly constructed asset protection plan will not only protect you in the event of a lawsuit but it can. thus setting in motion the mighty wheels of what amounts to a legal extortion machine. Three Keys to Bulletproofing Your Assets 2|Page .000 to $6. keep lawyers and creditors from ever looking at you as a target for a lawsuit in the first place. With $33 and 3 minutes you can find out just about anything and everything someone owns anywhere in the country. most lawsuits are about one thing—money. If you have any doubts about how simple it is for even your neighbor to find out what you own. Legal Extortion Legal extortion may sound dramatic but when you consider your options at this point.In order to understand how to effectively protect your assets you must first know your enemy’s battle plan. irrespective of the fact you may be as innocent as the day is long. go to www. Make no mistake about it.docusearch. Once you are served with a lawsuit. do you own anything of value that would make it worth their time and effort to sue you? This pot of gold at the end of the litigation rainbow consists of any assets tied to your name and Social Security number. investment real estate. I am sure you will agree it is an accurate description. Fortunately. The assets that come up on these reports will include your home. well. learning what motivates your enemy in the litigation realm is usually very obvious. you are in a powerful position to preemptively put into place barriers that can effectively thwart and even prevent their and see for yourself. more importantly. Of course attorneys will use real pros to conduct an even more thorough asset search if they have you in their sights. Neither option is attractive. you can soon expect to be served with a lawsuit.000 per month to defend your innocence.

It has been said that timing is everything and it certainly is true for asset protection as well. John D Rockefeller summed it up in five prophetic words. Once you have accomplished this you will have done the single most powerful thing you can do to prevent a lawsuit. It basically means that you have to protect your assets long before you are ever sued because once a lawsuit has been filed. not you. PROXY OWNERSHIP The underlying premise of Proxy Ownership is very simple. After all. This brings us to the simplest and best way to virtually guarantee that you will never have to face a lawsuit in your lifetime. or at least not appearing to own. The reason is that it does not create true asset protection. no one would want to sue you in the first place. Here’s why… 3|Page . Most people already intuitively understand this concept. we are not suggesting you spend the rest of your life as a tenant or forever leasing the car that you drive. Take a moment to consider that if the only assets you owned were a home that was mortgaged 100% and a car that you leased from a dealer. that owns those assets. Do you think someone would want to sue you for your home and car? Of course not! They know that they couldn’t get a thing if they tried since it is technically the bank. Furthermore. What we are talking about is not owning. and it usually is. as it pertains to asset protection is quite simple. However. our own car and everything else that is a prerequisite for a happy and successful life. The good news is that timing. if it appears that you have no personal assets in the first place no lawyer will be interested in taking a case against you. any of those assets in your name. It states that in order to create a legal separation between you and your assets your assets must be held or controlled by an entity or another person. In fact you may have heard of people who have tried to create proxy ownership by transferring their assets to a relative or friend when they felt threatened by a lawsuit. Even an incompetent attorney is going to depose your relatives and/or close friends if something suddenly was transferred out of your name at the last minute. Although this method can work in some cases it is worthless if ever discovered in a court of law. The only way to accomplish this is through a powerful asset protection concept known as Proxy Ownership. “Own Nothing and Control Everything” We know that this concept flies in the face of the American Dream which says we need to own our own home. or at least appeared poor on paper.In the legal realm. TIMING The second key to effective asset protection is timing. it’s too late. it stands to reason that if the motivation to initiate most lawsuits is predicated on how well-off you are financially then if you were poor. what if your friend or relative decides to keep your assets after your lawsuit is settled? Are you going to sue to get them back? So to achieve true proxy ownership you need to be able to hold and control your assets in a legal entity that is owned by you or your family and no one else.

much less which ones are most appropriate for your situation. Everything must be planned and executed properly so that if the details of your asset protection plan are uncovered either through an asset search or deposition. but still cannot get the assets within it. This fortress-like structure means that your adversary might know exactly what was done. a simple mistake can leave you totally exposed.Consider if you were served with a lawsuit and then you made efforts to protect yourself. it is illegal and something that is known in the courts as fraudulent conveyance. Unless you have hundreds of hours to research and analyze all the options available. you can bet that the plaintiff’s attorney has already completed an asset search. it was found that everyone experienced three major problems when looking to protect their assets. You can have the perfect asset protection structure in place but if you don’t know how to use it properly. How do you go about the actual process of protecting your assets? The Three Biggest Problems Everyone Has When Protecting Their Assets In a recent national survey taken with investors. So to effectively protect your assets from lawsuits. but by then it is already too late. You can use various forms of legal entities with protective features to erect such a legal fortress around your assets. you must put your plan in place before you are sued! STRUCTURE The third key of asset protection is the structure of the asset protection plan itself. The actual implementation of a legal strategy designed to accommodate your situation and needs are of utmost importance. Getting Certainty That Your Assets Will Be Safe: It’s easy to say that your assets will be safe but the only way you will truly ever know is if they come under attack! Should you need help with your asset protection matters please contact us. professionals and business people. you can easily become confused or completely overwhelmed. In fact. 4|Page . Choosing The Best Strategy For You: If you have done any research on asset protection you’ll know that there are literally dozens of strategies and approaches to evaluate and consider! It’s difficult to know which ones actually work. If a lawsuit has been filed. If it is later discovered that you suddenly transferred the title of your car and your home to your brother to protect yourself it would certainly raise eyebrows and make matters even worse. Now that you understand some of the basic principles of protecting your assets you now are faced with another challenge. Knowing How to Put the Strategies into Play: Knowing how to do something is as important as knowing what to do. Unfortunately most people only begin to consider what they can do to protect their assets once they are served with a lawsuit. you'll still have a legal wall around the assets to protect them against all adversaries.

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