April 23 2019 Both Patricia and Howard will participate in a nationwide Canadian continuing legal education program sponsored by the Osgoode Hall Law School (at York University, Toronto, Canada). Howard will discuss drafting strategies for the offshore asset protection trust and Patricia will discuss special techniques for protecting real estate from creditors.
Potential clients often call us asking if we can set up an “offshore account” for them. Is this what they really mean, or are they (or should they be) asking about an offshore trust? In this issue we’ll compare the asset protection efficacy of an individual establishing an offshore account versus establishing an offshore trust which itself establishes an offshore account.
We have often stated that the only way for a creditor to “get at” the assets held in a properly structured Cook Islands asset protection trust is for the creditor to bring a case in the Cook Islands. Why? The Cook Islands court is the only court which has jurisdiction (power) over the trustee, which, under trust law, is the holder of legal title to trust assets.
It is often said that once a person has been sued nothing can be done to protect assets. This is usually true. The knowledgeable asset protection professional will, however, be able to recognize the few exceptions to that rule. The ability to recognize and utilize the exceptions will depend upon a thorough understanding of the relevant fraudulent transfer law.