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FRACKING: The Coming Litigation Storm…

FRACKING: The Coming Litigation Storm… Volume XXII • Number 1 • March/April 2014 © Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen, P.A. INTRODUCTION. Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) is a drilling process that was first commercially used in 1949, and one whose use has exploded in recent years. Fracking involves forcing fluid at high pressure into a geologic formation containing oil or gas. The fluid fractures [...]

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Spousal Transfers: We Told You So

Spousal Transfers: We Told You So

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.

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A Review and Critique of the 2013 Ohio Legacy Trust Act

A Review and Critique of the 2013 Ohio Legacy Trust Act

Effective March 27, 2013, Ohio joined the growing list of states that have enacted asset protection trust legislation. This article provides a review and critique of the asset protection aspects of the Ohio Legacy Trust Act (Act).

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Ohio Legacy Trusts: A New “Protective” Trust Law?

Ohio Legacy Trusts: A New “Protective” Trust Law?

Ohio has joined the growing list of states which have enacted asset protection trust legislation. Chapter 5816, Revised Code of Ohio, enacts the Ohio Legacy Trust Act, which, on and after March 27, 2013, permits the creation of self-settled spendthrift trusts called “Legacy Trusts”.

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Rush University Case: What Could Have Been Done Differently?

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.

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