The law has shifted in recent years towards weakening corporate liability protections. That makes it easier for plaintiffs and regulators to “pierce the corporate veil” and get to the assets of owners and officers.
This is a continuation of our discussion regarding the breakdown of liability protection afforded to owners and officers as a result of the economic crisis and business scandals in the US and around the world. It is true the American legal system is set up to shield owners/officers from corporate liabilities, but nothing draws public outcry like an executive who fills his pockets through misdeeds and then hides behind the corporate skirt.
This is the final part to our discussion aimed at helping owners and officers avoid personal responsibility for the obligations and liabilities their companies take on in the course of doing business. The first part provided an overview of the key issues related to corporate liability. The second part focused on what not to do. Here, we get to proactive techniques for guarding against personal responsibility.
Even in today’s world of FATCA and other international treaties, there are still important benefits to going offshore with your banking, intellectual property, and other assets that you should know about.
Just because you intend to do business primarily in one particular state does not mean that you necessarily have to set up your company in that state. On the contrary, you can organize your company in any state (or even foreign jurisdiction) and then register that company to do business in the state where you do most of your business.
Investors are generally comfortable with LLCs, so they often miss out on the benefits of a land trust just because of unfamiliarity. This articles compares the two entities side-by-side, showing the similarities and differences.
This is a straightforward, question and answer style article designed to provide a basic understanding of the key advantages to using a trust as part of your estate planning.
It is quite common for people to “borrow someone’s credit” or title a property in someone else’s name, and the reasons behind it are understandable enough. The purpose of this article is to make you aware of the implications of buying a home in someone else’s name.
Once you have read Part II of this series, regarding the many advantages of having a trust, you are ready to learn how to actually transfer assets to your trust.