Fullerton Asset Protection Attorneys
Serving All of Orange County, Southern California, and Bellevue, WA
Asset protection planning involves:
- Making prudent decisions today to protect yourself
- Your business
- Your hard-earned assets
from loss due to lawsuits, creditors, or bankruptcies. This type of legal
planning is especially prudent for professionals and business owners whose
personal assets could be at risk due to the nature of their employment.
Statistically and anecdotally, we all know that there is a staggering number of:
While no one believes lightning will strike them, wealth created through
a lifetime of work, saving, and investing can be lost overnight if these
forms of man-made lightning do strike. To protect your assets from unexpected
disasters, proper risk management strategies should be given careful consideration.
These strategies include exempting your assets from the claims of creditors,
limiting your liability through legal entities, and transferring your
risk through insurance. Our asset protection attorneys in Fullerton and
Bellevue can assist you with all these strategies.
(800) 220-4205 or
book your free 15-minute virtual consultation to learn more.
How Can You Best Protect Your Assets?
Realistically there isn’t a single best way to protect your assets.
However, one of the best ways is by forming a trust during estate planning.
Exempting Assets in California
State and federal laws exempt some of your assets from creditors’
claims. Note that while some states allow you to choose either the state
or federal exemptions, in California you must use the state exemptions.
Federal bankruptcy exemptions are not available.
Once you have identified the protected asset classes available to you under
applicable law, you may want to maximize your protection by converting
non-exempt assets into exempt assets.
Limiting Liability for Professionals & Business Owners
Many entrepreneurs operate their businesses as sole proprietors rather
than through a legal entity like a corporation or a limited liability
company. Whether their business is home-based or in the Fortune 500, these
business owners are attracted by the informality of sole proprietorship.
They also want to avoid incurring the fees associated with creating and
maintaining a legal entity. However, in addition to other advantages,
conducting business through a legal entity may offer substantial risk
Lawsuits brought against a sole proprietorship are actually lawsuits against
the owner’s personal assets, while lawsuits against a properly established
and maintained legal entity are considered lawsuits against the entity’s
assets. Nevertheless, the selection of an appropriate legal entity is
critical for managing your risk.
Transferring Risk with Insurance
When was the last time you reviewed the details of your liability insurance
program with your insurance company? Are your policies current? Are the
coverage limits adequate and are the deductibles reasonable? Have you
scrutinized the policies for loopholes? Remember: The fundamental philosophy
of any insurance coverage is to pay a premium you can afford to transfer
a risk you cannot afford. Take time to understand both the risks you have
retained and the risks you have transferred.
Fighting to Protect You & Your Business
With decades of experience, the Fullerton and Bellevue asset protection
OC Elder Law will be able to smoothly guide you through any legal issues you may be
facing. We know how important your assets are and will do what it takes
to protect you effectively. OC Elder Law serves clients throughout Orange County.
Discuss your rights and options with our team by calling
If you are ready to move forward with your estate planning,
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