We are often asked by potential clients, “Can’t I just transfer my assets to my spouse to protect them?” We have always recommended against that “strategy” for a number of reasons, not the least of which, we tell our clients: “What if she/he decides to divorce you? You could lose it all forever.” Another significant reason is that the transfer could be easily “undone” by a court if a fraudulent transfer is found to have occurred. Thus, no asset protection.
The Jamie Solow contempt incarceration case has caused a lot of people to write a lot of articles and offer a lot of opinions – most of which are completely inaccurate. The author, Howard D. Rosen, is one of Mrs. Solow’s attorneys, attended court hearings, testified, and can state with accuracy what actually transpired in this case.
Individuals should proceed with caution and utilize experienced counsel when titling new assets or transferring title to existing assets. This issue of the APN is the first of two parts addressing the most frequent failings of individuals attempting to implement do-it-yourself asset protection by titling/retitling assets.
For years now we have stressed the importance of implementing asset protection strategies before any type of claim or threat of litigation arises. Why is advance planning continuously emphasized?
A client recently said, “My property is protected; my wife and I own everything as joint tenants with right of survivorship”. WRONG!
It is often said that the key to effective asset protection is ADVANCE PLANNING. This truism is repeatedly emphasized, because of the “fraudulent transfer” laws. Fraudulent transfer laws in one form or another are in effect in every state and civilized jurisdiction in the world.