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Entity Trusts: Special Planning Technique Examined

Entity Trusts: Special Planning Technique Examined

An entity trust is a trust settled (created) by an entity, such as a corporation, limited liability company, trust, or partnership. An entity trust might also be settled by an appropriate group of entities, such as a related or commonly owned group of corporations, limited liability companies, trusts, or partnerships.

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IRA Exemptions: Supreme Court Settled the Matter?

IRA Exemptions: Supreme Court Settled the Matter?

On April 4, 2005, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Rousey v. Jacoway, a case addressing the issue of exempting individual retirement accounts (IRAs) from federal bankruptcy proceedings. The decision was widely hailed in the financial press, with such headlines as “High Court Rules IRAs Untouchable – Unanimous Decision Means Retirement Savings Are Protected From Creditors”.

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State Exemption Laws: Pitfalls to Avoid (Part 2)

State Exemption Laws: Pitfalls to Avoid (Part 2)

All states provide some degree of “asset protection” through their state exemption laws. Such laws shield certain types of assets, such as homestead, wages, annuities, life insurance and retirement funds from creditor claims. This issue of the APN is the second of two parts addressing the most frequent errors people make in attempting to implement asset protection on their own by using (or failing to use) state exemption laws.

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The Importance of Proper Asset Protection Design

The Importance of Proper Asset Protection Design

In this issue we will examine the importance of proper design of the asset protection trust, and, integrally related to proper trust design, the importance of competent, experienced counsel. We’re sure you have all heard the expression, “bad facts make bad law”.

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US Tax Law Affecting Offshore Planning

US Tax Law Affecting Offshore Planning

In this issue we need to get a little bit technical: We will be discussing selected U.S. tax laws which affect the formation and operation of certain offshore entities.

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IRS Investigates Abusive Trusts

IRS Investigates Abusive Trusts

For years we have been writing that offshore asset protection trusts do not offer any income tax advantages for United States citizens or residents. We have been constantly concerned about unfavorable “fallout” and/or (typical) legislative overreaction when one or more of these schemes backfired

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