How to Protect Your Assets

November 17, 2013 | By | Reply More

protect your assetsAs an entrepreneur, you need to ensure that you have more control of your finances. You need to create a plan, especially for these two events that may possibly happen: death and lawsuits. Ok, no one likes to think about dying, and no one likes to think about getting sued. You may be reluctant to deal with them because doing so makes you uncomfortable, but it is important to prepare for them.

The first one is unavoidable – we all will die, sooner or later. And when that happens, hopefully very far into the future, you’ll want to make sure your assets will go to the people or causes of your choice, not the court’s choice. And the second issue, getting sued or losing assets due to situations beyond your control, is actually more likely to happen than you might think.

1. Get Your Estate in Order

Do you have a will? You really need to have one. You’ll also need to set up durable powers of attorney and health care directives. I realize that this might be an uncomfortable topic, but do it anyway.

If you don’t, the courts will determine what to do with your assets. Do you really want them to decide who should get your stuff? I didn’t think so. And if you have significant assets, you will want to look at revocable living trusts and other entities as well to ensure that your heirs will actually be able to benefit from the fruits of your hard work.




2. Protect Your Assets

Asset protection is another topic we’d rather not think about. But the fact is, that there are many risks that could endanger your wealth: premature death or disability, taxes, inflation, adverse economic conditions, lawsuits and more.

Unless you want to risk losing it all, you must take the necessary precautions to protect any assets you have accumulated. You can do that by using the appropriate asset protection tools such state and federal statutes, legal structures, and insurance.

This can be as simple or as complicated as you choose, depending on the level of protection you desire. The more assets you have, the more important it is to protect them from as many risks as possible.

Since getting sued is a big risk in this current society, here’s a very cool additional benefit of proper asset protection: It may be much more difficult or even impossible for the other party to collect a judgment if a lawsuit doesn’t go your way. And that prevents you from looking like a desirable target. Most attorneys work on a contingency basis, and if they’re unlikely to collect, they may refuse to get involved.

And regarding insurance, can you survive without your spouse or business partner? Do you have enough cash to cover the bills if you can’t work? Have you reviewed all of the risks you’re currently taking to determine if you want to accept that risk or transfer it to someone else? These are very important questions that need to be answered if you really want to protect your assets.

How you choose to structure your estate and business activities will have a significant impact on your overall financial success. The better you plan and execute, the more you will be able to enjoy the benefits of your work.

 
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