Discussing asset protection with your clients: a guide for attorneys, CPAs, and financial planners

According to the Wall Street Journal (July 15 – 16, 2006), asset protection planning has become “mainstream” planning.  And just as planning professionals are obligated to advise clients on estate planning and financial planning matters, many feel that the same professionals are now ethically obligated to advise clients on asset protection matters. To determine if […]

Rush University Case: What Could Have Been Done Differently?

A 2012 Illinois Supreme Court case, Rush University Medical Center v. Sessions, has been touted as proof that asset protection trusts, especially offshore trusts, do not work. In this issue we will clarify and enlighten our readers as to why that particular offshore trust failed to protect assets, and we will point out what could and should have been done differently so that the protective planning would have worked as intended.