Maryland Asset Protection Attorneys Protect Your Financial Future
Protecting Your Assets – More Important Than Ever
You are blessed with significant assets. Your home, your car, and your retirement accounts all might seem mundane, but they have significant value. Unfortunately, many people do not understand the value of their assets until another person or entity tries to take those assets away. Our society is increasingly litigious. Even when accidents occur, there is often a feeling that somebody has to shoulder the blame and responsibility, and that someone often happens to be the individual with significant assets. We employ legal strategies that can provide insulation between you and your assets, while still allowing for the lifestyle you have worked very hard for.
Assets Directly Connected to You May Be Open to Liability
You try to do the right thing, follow the rules, and live a respectable life. Unfortunately, accidents happen and all of us make mistakes. Just like that, you may find yourself on the defensive line of a lawsuit. There are over 19 million new lawsuits in the U.S. every year. While many people associate “frivolous lawsuits” with personal injury claims, most forget that legal actions like a divorce or a business-related claim are far more likely to impact their lives and put their assets at risk. Additionally, many individuals with significant assets forget that the acts of family members or those who could be perceived as employees or agents may also expose them to personal liability. When the IRS, a creditor, or a plaintiff’s attorney wants to find money, they can and will track down every possible connection which leads to you. Altman & Associates can help you create a structure which protects your livelihood.
Utilizing Various Legal Tools to Protect Your Assets
Counsel from an experienced legal advisor is critical when protecting your assets because they have the necessary knowledge and the ability to create legal structures. We work with you to place your assets in legal entities which are distinct from you. Common legal strategies for protecting assets include:
- Forming a corporation or other distinct legal entity to represent your business. Entities like corporations, limited liability companies, or limited partnerships are legal entities formed to ensure that you and your business are separate under the law. This is especially true when it comes to distinguishing between business and personal assets.
- Employing estate planning and unique processes. Basic estate planning techniques can help define ownership of assets and protect both you and your family’s future. We can take this process further and utilize tools like dynasty trusts in debtor-friendly states to preserve what you have worked so hard for.
- Dividing and assigning assets appropriately. Your personal assets should be there to assist you and your family. Your business assets are part of your business. Balancing the two assets to reflect your business activity’s necessary support of your personal life, and shielding those assets from their respective activities, is not an easy balancing act. We will help you understand where your exposure is, and how you can strengthen your legal structures.
If you do not have a comprehensive plan that addresses your liability exposure, then your assets can and will be subject to the grip of future creditors.
Maryland asset protection attorneys counseling you to security
Protect your assets. You can do it, and the Maryland asset protection attorneys at Altman & Associates will show you how. We have convenient office locations in Columbia and Rockville. Contact us by phone at (301) 468-3220 or online to schedule a consultation today.