Asset Protection Law

Asset Protection Laws consist of legal strategies to protect personal and business assets from seizure as a result of adverse judgments, bankruptcy, separation/divorce, death, and other situations.

Types of assets

An accrued asset is one that arises from revenue made but not yet due. For example, an accrued dividend could be a share of the net earnings of a corporation that has been declared but has not yet been paid out to its shareholders.

fixed asset is one meant to be long term in nature, used in the operation of a business and not intended for sale.

frozen asset is one that cannot be easily converted into cash (like real estate when there is little to no demand), or an asset that cannot be accessed due to a legal restriction (such as being tied up in a spend-thrift trust).

An intangible asset is one in which an arbitrary dollar value amount is attached to the asset because it lacks a market value, but embodies financial value, such as the good will of a business, trademarks, or patents.

capital asset is property held by a taxpayer for private enjoyment or investment (e.g., a home, furniture, stocks and bonds, or an automobile). It does not include inventory, commercial accounts, receivables, depreciable property, commercial property, copyrights, or short-term government obligations. When a capital asset is sold, any gain received assumes preferential tax treatment.

current, liquid, or quick asset is an item that can be easily converted to cash, such as stocks and bonds.

In Bankruptcy, an asset is any type of property owned by a borrower who is insolvent that is not exempt from being used to repay debts.

Asset protection is the use of laws designed to shield each type of asset from legal forfeiture. For more information about asset protection, please refer to the resources found below. Additionally, you can get in touch with an attorney in your area by reviewing our Law Firms page and finding an attorney with experience in asset protection laws.



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  • Asset Protection

    Total asset protection – legally, quickly, conveniently, inexpensively and privately by the Web's oldest and most knowledgeable asset protection site.

  • Asset Protection Information

    Sadly the first question usually asked when a lawsuit is being considered is the extent of the other parties net worth. And in Canada as long been the practice in the States, lawyers are now allowed to be take cases on an agreed percentage of the awards if they win. Asset protection strategies are definitely something every one needs to put in place.

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