Creditors cannot take what you do not own.
Trusts separate control from ownership. You retain full control of the trust.
Shift income to where it is treated better. Savings often exceed formation costs.
Properly plan for your children, family and favorite organizations.
Everything can be handled online and via courier. There's no need to travel.
All ownership is anonymous. People only know what you tell them.
Most Americans will never experience a home fire, but they maintain fire insurance for the peace of mind. More likely than a home fire is a personal credit event. Why experience one, unprotected, and be left praying against the worst case outcome?
Trusts are formed to protect assets, minimize taxes and protect your identity. They may also be used for charitable giving and to ensure your loved ones are properly taken care of. Proper asset protection planning is often put off until it's too late. This is unfortunate as an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
You may place any assets you like into a trust. You may even transfer a mortgaged home. You won't receive protection from the existing loan, but the home will be safe from future creditors. In short, the trust may be used to protect any assets you like. However, here are three things the trust cannot be used to protect against: court ordered child support, assets listed on credit applications, and fraudulently transferred assets.
A trust you form for yourself is called a self-settled trust. Previously, such trusts were solely the domain of offshore jurisdictions before Alaska modified its laws in 1997. Over a dozen states have since followed suite. This brings us to our next question.
The trust law governing your assets is determined by where the trust is formed, not where you live or the assets reside. You do not have to live in any of the thirteen states which allow DAPTs, nor must you be a U.S. citizen or resident. You are not required to travel either. Everything can be handled online and via courier.
We believe so. The purpose of privacy is to protect yourself from those who wish you harm. Fortune hunters, needy family and nosy neighbors will not be able to find your assets with an internet search, nor through digging elsewhere.
Lowering your profile makes you less of a target. It also raises costs for a creditor to begin discovering assets. What it does not do, however, is enable you to avoid taxes. The purpose of anonymity is to avoid creditors, not the long arm of the law.
There are private and public trustee options available. Which you choose depends on your family situation. A private trust company offers privacy and flexibility. What it does not insulate a trustee from however is family pressures. In such cases choosing a public trust company may be the best option.
You may save both estate and income taxes. Estate taxes can be avoided through appropriate gifting and revaluation strategies. Income taxes can be significantly reduced via principal and income allocations, closely held insurance companies and a greater emphasis on unearned income.
You may lower umbrella insurance premiums by holding significant assets in trust. Placing the assets outside the reach of creditors means insuring those assets is no longer necessary. This simultaneously protects assets while lowering insurance premiums.