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Are Your Business and Assets Protected Properly?

Are your assets really protected in today’s uncertain financial economy?
Perhaps you have already formed an entity to protect your business from audit, taxes, and liability.

Now, I have an important question:
Have you taken the time to protect your other assets?

Here are the Top 5 Areas where Your Assets May is Exposed:

1. The ownership of your current company (especially if you have an S or C corporation). High revenue and profit LLCs may be at risk also).

2. Domain names. If you have any value in your “virtual real estate,” the worst place to hold your domain names is in your name personally or the name of your operating business.

3. Safe assets being owned in your own name, living trust (does not protect assets or investments from liability), or operating company.

4. New joint ventures operating through your current operating business.

5. Your intellectual property owned personally.

Do you see an area where you may be vulnerable?

Here is what your current or future assets are up against:

Shocking Lawsuit Facts:
1. There are nearly 80 million lawsuits filed every year!

2. Frivolous lawsuits cost the U.S. over $200 BILLION per year!

3. Internet lawsuits are increasing more than ever before!

4. As the economy struggles with massive debt, lawsuits will increase to all-time levels coming soon.

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You have an 87% Chance of Forming the WRONG ENTITY…

Which entity type gives you the BEST protection for your business and personal assets? Which one helps you pay the lowest legal taxes now and later?

Here are the most common options:

1. Sole Proprietorship
2. C Corporation
3. S Corporation
4. Limited Partnership
5. LLC Taxed as a disregarded entity
6. LLC Taxed as an S corporation
7. LLC Taxed as a C Corporation
8. LLC Taxed as a Partnership

With a minimum of 8 options, there’s at least an 87.5% chance the one you choose is wrong for your business.

That can lead to costly and time-consuming problems that can threaten the survival of your business. Why guess when it comes to protecting everything you’ve worked for?

The conflicting answers you get from paid professionals like attorneys, accountants, or tax planners can often be as misleading as guesswork. Good legal advice might have adverse tax implications.

Choosing your tax position alone might leave your intellectual property at risk. You may be as frustrated as I was trying to get a clear answer that considers your whole business and addresses the big picture.

Unfortunately, most entrepreneurs don’t find out that they’ve made the wrong choice until AFTER they lose assets in a business or personal lawsuit or get decimated by the IRS in an audit.

The exposure is just as risky whether you’re just starting or worth $25 million or more. I’ve consulted with thousands over the years and seen virtually every mistake in the book.

Yes, some do get lucky and get away with the wrong structure, but even if they escape an expensive lawsuit, most have no clue how much they’ve wasted over the years in overpaid taxes.

If your business’s future matters to you, it’s time to STOP guessing and educate yourself with my authoritative and field-tested training. It’s called “Discovering which Entity and State are Best to Protect You and Your Business,” and I’m making it available to you absolutely free… not because this course doesn’t offer measurable value…

(Frankly, my consulting clients gladly pay hundreds of dollars for this kind of information… heck… many professionals prizes this incorporation road map simply because it boosts their confidence and credibility in front of their own clients.)

I love helping people sleep better at night, knowing that their assets are safe and their families are protected. Many times all it takes is one or two little shifts to make all the difference between keeping your wealth or losing all of it.

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The Asset Protection Mindset

A strategic asset protection mindset will separate those who accumulate long-term wealth and keep it. Most successful entrepreneurs let their big egos get in the way, and they don’t take steps to set up a complex (not simple) structure to protect their assets.

A strategic asset protection mindset is part of this important business equation; you must master two skills: first, the skill to generate profits in the shortest period possible and keep them. Many times, keeping them may be harder than creating profits.  Keeping them focuses on the strategy of asset protection. You must protect your assets from everything, like lawsuits, taxes, creditors, and bankruptcy. 

This success requires a certain mindset for survival. It requires working backward to think through what could go wrong and how your assets would be affected.

You Must Ask Tough Questions

It requires asking some tough questions like, “What would happen if I get sued, and my business insurance (if your business even has any) did not cover the legal fees and damages? What would happen to my financial fortress? If my assets were to take one direct hit (a lawsuit), what would be the outcome?  Would I lose everything? How do I mentally handle being totally unprotected?”

Perhaps you have formed a separate legal entity for your business, and a hit at the business level should protect you at a personal level. How do you handle a lawsuit at your business-level where the business has to pick up the tab?

Does Your Business have the Cash Flow for Legal Expenses?

Could your business survive defending a lawsuit that would require a retainer of $20K and $3K a month for 18 months? What would that do to your cash flow? Is there even enough cash flow to handle that extra monthly overhead?

What about an IRS audit? Is your business being operated as a business, not a hobby? What would the IRS discover if they looked at your records? Would there be large holes and gaps in the business records which would lead to huge penalties and interest? How would you and your business handle such an attack?

Here are the key attributes of the asset protection mindset for survival:

  1. Consider the downside first.  If you were in the business of setting up firework shows, you would take every precaution and consider what could go wrong to determine the best safety so that no one would be hurt. Are You Negative or Smart?
    But in most businesses, it could be considered being negative to consider what can go wrong.

    I know you do not want to spend all your energy in this space, but it has a vital role in stepping into the consideration as part of your survival plan.

    Do You Have a Partner? Business is like Marriage…

    This is a must, especially if you have a business partner. You must consider if there is no cash flow to pay yourself, who will personally guarantee the accounts? What legal issues can you create for each other, and how will you avoid them?

    In most businesses, the founder gets so excited (similarly to how you feel before getting married) about their great idea and how much money it could generate, how their life would be different…that if you enter the conversation with a point of what could go wrong, or what if that does not work out…you would be considered negative and unsupportive of the idea.

    Keep in mind that being positive and excited has its role and is the genesis of most great businesses. At some point, ideally, in a separate meeting, the downside must be considered.

    I mean, consider it first, before you open your doors, sign the big lease, and commit your capital. Not that you have to consider everything that could go wrong when an idea comes into your mind, because you would never get started, in that case (that is an entirely different issue).

    Want Results? Model Walt Disney’s Approach

    The best approach is to model Walt Disney. Walt would conduct a separate meeting to create ideas (the dreaming room) versus evaluating the ideas.

    This was key to separate them because the creative and open-ended thinking phases were not the time to evaluate an idea to determine if it would work. That would more than likely stifle the ideas in the first meeting. The same approach works well when it comes to evaluating the downside of a business opportunity. Have fun with the open-ended green light thinking and plan a separate meeting to evaluate the downside or what could go wrong.

    The huge mistake is to skip this separate meeting and let your enthusiasm carry you to signing a lease, committing large amounts of capital…

  2. Separate for success. Putting all your eggs in one financial basket is crazy and irresponsible.

    It blows my mind that over 67% of all small businesses still operate as sole proprietorships. I realize the pattern that creates that outcome (comes from a tax point of view and belief about the ability to succeed), but it still blows my mind.

    Separate Safe and Risk Assets…

    You have taken the first step by forming a separate legal entity for your business. Step two is to protect your safe assets from your at-risk assets. That means stocks, crypto, gold, silver, ownership in other companies (this is a big one), artwork…assets that do not cause direct liability.

    Did You Protect Your Ownership/Investments in Other Companies? 

    Why leave any of your assets on the table that is likely to be taken in lawsuits, bankruptcy, or IRS issues? Many will say, “I only have $_____ in safe assets. I do not have enough to protect.”

    Do You Have Enough Assets to Protect?

    Actually, the less you have, the more important it is to protect it because if you lost $25K, and that represents 100% of your safe assets, that is more meaningful and impactful to you than if you were Elon Musk and got hit with a $10-million lawsuit.

    Is the Equity in Your Home Protected Properly?

    The next step in asset protection is to protect the equity in your home (if you have any in this economy). Check into your home state homestead laws to find out how much equity is protected.

    In some states, like Nevada, $550,000 is protected; and in others, it may only be $5,000 of equity. Florida is unlimited. Next, separate your real estate, both commercial and residential, from your own personal name. Typically, each commercial building (depending on the value and overall percentage of your net worth) would be held by a separate LLC.

    Your real estate risk level would depend upon the overall percentage of your net worth, which would be a big part to dictate whether a separate entity should hold each piece of real estate or if you would have 3-4 properties in each LLC.

    Your Living Trust Does NOT Protect Your Assets from Liability, But…

    Next is to tie in the living trust, as the entities’ owner, for estate planning purposes. This is a critical step to remember. Why protect your assets during your lifetime and, upon your death, leave the state to handle the distribution of your assets? Probate can be costly and take years, in some cases.

  3. Lawsuit Strategy for Survival: Ask questions, understand the challenge, back to work. What happens when you are hit with a lawsuit? The natural reaction is to be upset, frustrated, and mad!

    Most Lawsuits Emotional Derail Most Entrepreneurs, this is the Expensive Part

    Typically, you were attempting to do good, help someone out, or provide a quality product or service, and an individual or a business did not see it that way. They think that you screwed them over (right or wrong). Now, you are staring down the barrel of a lawsuit.

    Even if you feel right up front, this is totally bogus, not right, and should be set aside in court (which is, by the way, the mindset that may get your butt kicked in court).

    You May Become Financially Paralyzed 

    That lawsuit can prevent you from receiving any financing in your business name or personally, depending on who is getting sued. You never want to assume a lawsuit is bogus or will have no merit in court.

    You must approach it with 4-5 ways to attack this lawsuit, what you must do to protect yourself, and provide it invalid. You weIt would help if you organized and prepared.

    Thinking you have a slam dunk leads to being unprepared and getting your butt kicked.


What You Should Do If You Are Sued…

Here is the best approach for survival if you get sued. First, interview 2-3 different attorneys on the lawsuit and ask a lot of questions.

Ask for their initial opinion, how they would approach it, how long it should take to defend, what stages are involved, how much is their upfront retainer, what are the time requirements involved, what would have to happen for you to lose, to win, can you counter sue, and should you attempt to settle outside of court…


Get Back to Work and Focus on Your Business

Once you get your asset protection mindset around the big picture, all the steps involved, the time frame, and what your game plan will be, then you can take the most important step, focus on your business, and get back to work.

The costly part of a lawsuit can be the profits you lose from your business because you are distracted by the lawsuit. You are up at midnight, upset at the person or company suing you, and thinking, “How can they do this to me after I attempted to do business with them or help them in some way?”

Are You Weak and an Easy Target?

The worst approach can be to let them see you will make no effort to defend yourself because the lawsuit has no merit. That sends a message that you and your company are soft.

I recently spoke to the VP of a $15-billion-per-year company, and the VP told me that they must aggressively go after every lawsuit that hits their company, so they do not appear as a weak and easy target.

The approach is correct.  In the end, you have to be prepared to understand the challenge at hand, find out the time frame, issues, and expenses, put it in your budget, and get back to working on profitability. It’s like a military operation.

   Expand Your Legal Budget       

Again, as you can imagine, most do not handle it this way, and that is why even if you win and your insurance company pays the legal fees, a lawsuit can be financially devastating.

This will help you avoid many legal issues, to begin with. You may often sign an agreement or contract, and you assume the other party has reviewed the agreement.

You should NEVER sign a legal agreement or contract without having an attorney review it. I know it may take two hours to review, and it may be $500 or more for those two hours, but it can be a worthwhile investment in the long run.


Being Cheap can Comeback and Haunt You

Now, if you are opening a brokerage account with a major firm and you want to review it for the sake of understanding what you are signing, that makes sense. But if you think you will make some recommendations for changes to this major firm, that is not happening. Being cheap in this area can come back to haunt you.

Why Partnerships Fail

It does help when you start a new opportunity with another company if their side writes the agreement for you to review; that is much less than you writing the agreement. I have been on both sides. It does depend upon your position of strength in wanting to get the deal done.

If you are working with partners and do not put things in writing, that is bound to fail. This all refers to you really have a legal budget of perhaps $400-$700 per month in place, which may come into play 2-3 times per year.

If your company is much bigger, that number may be huge, especially if you have employees. HR issues can be very costly, and it is best to run it past an HR attorney vs. your buddy, who has 10 years of management experience.

All these areas are key when it comes to developing the best asset protection mindset for survival. When you develop a stronger mindset in this area, take action, and implement the recommendations. If you get hit with a big lawsuit, it will NOT derail your entire business or ruin you personally!

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Are ALL Your Assets Protected Properly?

As the end of another year comes to a close soon and you are getting ready for your plans for the new year, you may evaluate all your assets properly protected?

Here are many of the common strategies that often turn into costly mistakes (that you may not have considered):
  • All your business ventures in one business. Yes, if you are starting and testing 3-4 different revenue streams, that may be ok in one entity but if two or three are really taking off, why put all of that in one business entity (other than it is easier). Would you put all your investments in one stock? Probably not. Why? Too much risk. The same strategy applies to a business (don’t put all your eggs in one basket).
  • Real estate in your own name (outside your principal residence) even without equity may be a lightning rod for lawsuits, best in a separate entity.
  • Too much equity from real estate in one LLC. Especially if the equity is a high percentage of your net worth, suppose you have three properties free and clear worth $400K each, which is 80% of your net worth, that makes no sense to have in one LLC. Remember, your living trust does not protect assets from liability.
  • Business with a partner in the same entity as the operating business you own 100%. At the end of the day, you make your partner owner of your main company, which may not be what you intended.
  • Holding safe assets or investments (crypto also) outside your retirement plan in your own name/brokerage account or your living trust (remember your living trust provides ZERO liability protection but protection from probate taxes).
  • Doing business in the U.S. with your home country entity, not knowing that maybe bringing undo liability to your home country business.

It is a great time to form a new complete entity formation (which we do in all 50 states) as you get ready for the New Year.

If you need help to form another entity to protect another business or other assets, see our packages below, including a video overview and pricing. Questions? Email support@launchwithconfidence.com. Here are our steps for a Complete Formation for a 50 State Formation.

Here are our steps for a Complete U.S. Company Formation.

As we get closer to the end of the year, we may choose to have the IRS start date on the SS4 application to be January 2021 vs. 2020. If you are forming an entity that would trigger a year-end return for 2020.

Feel free to forward to any friends or business associates who may need support to protect their business or personal assets. I really appreciate any help you can provide.

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The Ultimate Asset Protection Structure to Protect Your Net Worth

Lawsuits are at an all-time high; there are over 80 million per year!  The more people struggle, the more they are concocting ways to extract your wealth from you.

Perhaps you may not feel you have a lot of wealth, but you may appear rich to others. Your insurance policies are like blood in the water that the sharks can smell from a mile away!

Don’t fall prey to thinking; no one has sued me yet, so why do I need to take these extra steps? My question to you is simple. What is your current risk tolerance, given your age and net worth? Can you afford to start over? I have known many have had to do that during 2020.

Keep in mind, simple vs. asset protection is inversely related. Meaning, those are successful rarely have all their assets in one legal entity. Why? If that entity were to be sued, you could lose all the assets in that one entity! Perhaps you will be protected personally, but your business may be gone.

Let’s assume you are thinking, “Ok, Scott…I want to protect everything. How do I do that”?

Let’s take a look at what that structure would look like.

  1. A separate legal entity for your main operating business. That may be a corporation or LLC.
  2. Another separate legal entity to separate your business into two parts. If you are brand new, this is not
    necessary. But if you have been in business for 20 years in one legal entity, that means one lawsuit could cause 20 years of business to go down the tubes. You may want to split up your product lines or services. If you do seminars, that may be a different entity from your information product business.
  3. If you have a business with partners and operate through LLCs, each partner should own their
    membership interest in their own LLC, not individually. Why? The LLC has the charging order protection that makes it more difficult for someone to come after the LLC owner, which is great. When you have partners, even with the charging order, you do not want any disruptions if the owner is sued for something unrelated to the operating entity. A second layer LLC will prevent that from happening.
  4. A separate legal entity for each piece of real estate you own (your primary residence will be a different
    approach). If you own rentals in Wisconsin where you can buy a house for $40K, you may not need a separate LLC for each piece of real estate. In California, the same house maybe $930K. In that case, a separate LLC may make sense. California has an $800 per year franchise tax fee so that you may consolidate based upon that fee.
  5. A separate LLC for your safe assets. That includes investments in the market, gold, silver, ownership in other
    companies (like any C corporations). For any entity taxed as an S corporation, there are limits on who may be the
    shareholder. Only a single-member LLC can be a shareholder. NEVER have your safe asset LLC be the
    owner of a risk asset, like real estate or a business.
  6. A separate LLC for your domain names. Domain names are virtual real estate free and clear. They may become quite valuable over time. If owned by your main operating company and sued, you could lose control of your most valuable asset.
  7. A personal residence trust for your home. If you have equity that your state homestead laws are not covered, this may be the best option to protect your equity and not have the negative consequence that placing your residence in an entity would entail. Attorney Rob Bolick is a great resource and referral partner with NCP and covers more details about the personal residence trust.
  8. A life insurance trust for your life insurance policies. This is part of the estate planning for your estate. Life insurance is not subject to income taxes but is subject to estate taxes, and that is why the life insurance trust is a must. Attorney Rob Bolick, an attorney in Las Vegas, would be a great resource for this as well. His number at his law firm is (702) 690-9090.
  9. A Nevada Asset Protection Trust. This is like having an offshore trust onshore. It would be the owner of your LLCs, and the living trust would be the beneficiary of the Nevada Asset Protection Trust. Nevada has a two-year statute of limitations, and when two years go by, you are home free from almost all creditors. Attorney Rob Bolick is the resource for this also.
  10. A living trust. Estate planning is essential, and most Americans do not have a living trust established. This will help pass your assets to your heirs and avoid probate when properly funded.
  11. An offshore entity. This is the top asset protection tool because the entity is in another country with different rules than the U.S. There are NO tax benefits to an offshore entity. The U.S. person would need to pay all taxes associated with it. The IRS is all over this type of entity, so again, to be clear, you must pay all taxes as a U.S. citizen.

Other keys point to consider:

  1. A buy-sell agreement with any outside partners in any business.
  2. Life insurance on all partners.
  3. A Nevada domiciled entity for your business which will add another layer of protection. Keep in mind the LLC will foreign register into your state of operations.
  4. A great accounting firm would be needed to keep the flow of money and tax organized.
  5. A great attorney is recommended especially if you make any changes to owners or officers of any of the entities.
  6. It isn’t easy to protect your assets AFTER you are sued personally. The key is to protect your assets BEFORE you have any issues.

Need help with a complete formation? See our infographic of our Complete 6 Step Formation Process

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Multi-Tiered Structuring Strategies for Maximum Asset Protection

One of the biggest mistakes I have found over the past 23 years is clients who sometimes have that false sense of security thinking they are totally protected with one legal entity.

Unfortunately, I have seen clients lose control of their companies, their personal assets, and even control of their operating business. The goal is to give you the strategies to plug up any gaping holes you may have in your shield of protection to your current and future assets.

Let’s review the basic’s. The first step is to separate your personal and business assets.

That means not operating as a sole proprietorship and forming a separate legal entity like an LLC. Nevada offers an extra layer of protection when it comes to protecting the entity veil and making it harder for someone to come through to your personal assets (assuming you were the owner of the entity).

The next step is to separate your “Safe” from “Risk” assets. Most take the first step to separate their “risk” assets by forming a separate legal entity. Shortly we will cover how to add more separation for your business.
Many forget to form a separate legal entity to protect their “safe” assets, like gold, silver, stock in the stock market (even your cryptocurrency)…where there is no direct liability to you. I believe the reason for this is most think they do not have enough safe assets to protect.

There is no magic number, like once you achieve $100K in safe assets (outside your retirement plan) you need to form a separate LLC. The key question to ask is, “How would you feel if you lost all safe assets to a lawsuit, or action by your creditors?”

If you had $40K of investments unprotected, that may be very important to you, if that is all your safe assets. Also, if you have ownership interest in a business, you may be worth millions, but if you own it personally or by your living trust (which is protected from probate, not liability) you may lose control of that safe asset also!

If you own real estate outside of your principal residence, that should be held by a separate legal entity. It should not be owned by your safe asset holding LLC or by your business operating LLC. To this point your asset protection structure should look like the following diagram below.

Notice that the living trust is owning the membership interest in each LLC, which is ok because the LLC provides the “charging order” protection which is a legal remedy that only (typically) allows the creditor to receive an “economic interest” in distributions from the LLC, not a management interest in the membership interest that controls the company. Now, with the charging order and the living trust connected, you have the best of both worlds.

I find that most seem to forget that if you form an S or C corporation (except in Nevada, which is the only state that has the “charging order” protection for corporations) and you are sued personally for something unrelated to the operating company, you could lose control of your entire company AND ALL the assets of the company, including ownership to your website, bank accounts or any other assets titled to that company.

Many seem to forget even who their website is owned by, which may be their biggest assets they lose control for any online marketer.

The key part is to ask the question: What would happen if my business was sued at the operating level? Do you have any type of business liability insurance to handle the first hit?

Most small businesses owners do not have any liability insurance. This means if your business is sued, your business is on the hook for all the legal fees to defend the business.

You could lose all the assets, domain names and bank account balances in the lawsuit. The good news is your personal assets should be protected because of the separate legal entity.

The second important question becomes: What would happen if you were sued for something unrelated to the operating business at the personal level? Would you lose control of your company? Would you have a new business partner in your company? This is why so many business owners are vulnerable as a corporation where you own the stock personally.

The first strategy involves the use of Single Member LLC’s disregarded for tax purposes to accomplish two goals:

1: to isolate liability to the main operating business (the main assets) and 2: to reduce your federal tax return expenses ( a single member LLC does not have a separate federal tax return due when it is taxed as a disregarded entity vs. an LLC taxed as a partnership would have a 1065 due federally which may be $400-$800 each).

In our example,e the husband and wife have an internet marketing business and realize they do not want all their eggs in one basket with their growing business.

It is typical if you are a speaker from the platform that would be a separate legal entity, also, if you put on your own events that would be a separate legal entity, and your coaching program would be a separate legal entity.

Each business has its own level of liability and forming a separate legal entity for each to isolate liability is a smart move. You may want all the profits and losses of each business to flow to one entity for tax purposes to simplify the tax structure.

Ideally, the individual owners will have a living trust set up for estate planning purposes to complete the planning. In this strategy make sure you separate each LLC for each business on all the websites, bank accounts, credit cards… to run them as separate legal entities.

Let me share a story that shares the purpose of this diagram below. A couple of years back, I had a client from Hawaii who had a very successful flooring business doing about $3 million per year in annual revenue. He had a partner and they operated under a Hawaii LLC taxed as a partnership.

The one partner was involved in a high profile divorce and the spouse (non-partner) engaged in the charging order, again the LLC as one of the assets involved in the divorce.

Even though the charging order protected the LLC’s assets, that spouse was able to subpoena all the business records of the LLC to determine if any expenses were hidden or going to other companies that the spouse had control of. This was very disruptive to the operating entity. Although the charging order did its job, this was disruptive.

When the partner finalized the divorce and moved to Las Vegas to open a similar business with his same partner, we added a protection layer at the ownership level.

Each owner formed a separate LLC to hold only safe assets, and the safe asset it would own was the ownership interest in the operating company. NOW, if either partner had a legal issue, personal, or another divorce, instead of a charging order against the ownership interest in the operating
company, it would be a charging order against the safe asset holding LLC.

This would insulate the operating business from any legal issues with any of the owners.

This same strategy works well with an investment group, with many owners, to require each owner to have their own separate LLC to own the investment fund’s ownership. This would help avoid any disruptions to the investment fund.

In this example, the flooring company may have different divisions, each with its own product line, and a single member LLC may help with the other structure for each division for liability reasons. See the diagram below.

In conclusion, a multi-tiered approach is a very powerful, yet underutilized strategy that can often be the difference between growing your net worth and not having any at all. It is not if you will be sued, but when. The more protection will help you keep more of your assets for you and your family.

Need Strategy Help with Your Structure or Situation?
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Why Your Assets May Not Be Protected…..

As you know, there are over 80 million lawsuits filed every year in the United States. Frivolous lawsuits alone are said to cost the United States over $200 BILLION annually.

Even in this current economy, things could turn and go back down.  If money gets tighter, will more get desperate? How many entrepreneurs abandon their business, which was their vehicle for financial success, and now look to a much easier approach…like suing you and your business.

Does someone look at you as their retirement plan? For many Americans, their only option for retirement is to win the lottery or sue someone. I know, not very uplifting, but conceivably reality.

This may be the last wake up call to button up your asset protection plan, tax and bookkeeping, and business credit, so you and your family are protected. Unfortunately, one entity is not a catch-all for results.

Let me ask you these important questions to show where you may be very vulnerable:

1. Do you still operate a side business as a sole proprietorship? That is like playing Russian Roulette with your financial future.

2. Do you own real estate in your own name (separate from your residence)? Even if you do not have any equity, to others, you must be rich and a target. That is like walking around with a big sign on your forehead that says, “I own real estate in my own name, check it out online…go ahead and sue me.”

3. Are you relying upon your living trust to protect your assets? They do not protect from liability! Do you have family members or parents that are doing the same? That is an open invitation for someone to take their net worth.

4. Do you own safe assets in your own name (like gold and silver)? Is it enough to protect with a separate legal entity from your operating business? Maybe it is a “small” amount in general.

You have to ask yourself how you would feel if you woke up tomorrow, and your “small” investment was gone?

Now…that may be a different feeling. Losing 100% of your investments, no matter how “small,” maybe a huge deal to you. It is time to protect them before it is too late!

5. Are you operating a business with a partner as a general partnership on the side? That is a double danger because now your partner could cause you to lose all your assets.

Are you waiting to make more money first…remember, you cannot buy homeowners insurance when your house is on fire…and you cannot protect yourself (very well) after you have been sued.

If you have $100K in assets and are sued for $100K, you cannot form an entity and transfer them to protect them (well, you can do anything you want, but…) the judge will call that fraudulent conveyance and undo your transaction if your goal was to protect your $100K because of the $100K lawsuit.

If you had $200K and you did not mind leaving $100K on the table to be taken, that is different…but why be in that position when there is a better way?

This is only one threat your business is up against. The other is the IRS (and they are hurting big time when collecting tax revenues).

Are your records up to date? Do you have any records other than an online checking account balance? That is not a business but a hobby, according to the IRS. Finally, is your business financially naked?

How much revenue are you losing on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis? Read the article on how to position your business to be financially naked and have an opportunity for success.

See holes in your plan? Email NCP at support@LaunchWithConfidence.com.

We can help you plug up your holes so you will be protected and can sleep at night!

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Incorporate Your Independence from Lawsuits, Taxes and Death

July is a special time of the year. It is a time for family trips, vacation time, seeing relatives and friends, barbecues, swimming, summer concerts, and fun at the cabin!

It’s also the month we celebrate our independence and freedom as a country. So this month of July, my goal is to help you maximize your independence in your business from:

  • Lawsuits (Separate your personal and business assets and form an LLC or corporation to protect you and your family from devastating, unpredictable lawsuits). Avoid the $99 corporations -which is like buying a car without brakes!
  • Taxes (Operate your business as a business, not a hobby, maximize your meals, travel and entertainment expenses, and bullet proof your records from an IRS audit).
  • Death (Will you’re loved ones be protected when you pass on? Will all your assets and all you worked for being tied up in the probate courts? Proper estate planning is a must to protect your family’s future).

I’m going to share high-level strategies, ideas, tools, and concepts that will allow your business to achieve its independence and freedom that you deserve.

Remember to put you and your family in the best position to be independent. Even if you are already financially independent, are all your assets protected from attack?

If you are building your financial independence, every dollar counts in taxes saved, which may be reinvested to help you grow and expand.

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Strategies to Preserve Your Wealth

Mark your calendar for Tuesday May 10th at 4 pm PDT/7 pm EDT. You will learn the ins and outs of advanced asset protection strategies to preserve your current and future wealth from attacks by any legal predators.
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Even if you are currently looking to build your net worth, or if you have substantial net worth in your business, equity in your home, investments in your living trust…you must learn the most up-to-date strategies to shield your assets from liability.
As you may know there are over 80 million lawsuits in the United States every year and frivolous lawsuits are said to cost the United States over $200 Billion per year…and climbing with the current economy. Even if you are internationally based and looking to grow your U.S. asset base, this call is a must.
On Tuesday, May 10th, I’ll be interviewing one of the top asset protection and estate planning attorneys, Robert Bolick, who has received some of the highest awards in Nevada, authored numerous articles on strategies to protect and preserve your wealth!
You’ll quickly discover why Mr. Bolick is the most popular and knowledgeable legal professional around, helping entrepreneurs like yourself properly structure your business, assets and estate for maximum protection.  Mr. Bolick will share with you the basic tax and legal fundamentals of LLCs, limited partnerships and advanced tools, like the Nevada Asset Protection Trust (the best “Offshore” alternative onshore)!
Here are several compelling reasons you must be on this call and what you will learn:

  • The specific role of LLCs in asset protection and how the Nevada Statutes work to your advantage.
  • The inner workings of the “charging order” and why it is so powerful in protecting your net worth.
  • What type of assets should be held by what entity and why (a lot of costly mistakes are made in this area)?
  • When should you consider a family limited partnership?
  • When never to be a general partner.
  • Costly mistakes to avoid with family limited partnerships.
  • What is the best way to protect the equity in your residence (above your homestead protection)?
  • The inner workings of the Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (“QPRTs”) will be revealed.
  • What is the best way to obtain “offshore” protection onshore without the IRS scrutiny?
  • Plus other advanced tips and strategies to help you keep your net worth out of the hands of gold diggers!

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Guest: Rob Bolick previously served as the president of Bolick & Boyer, prior to its merger with Durham Jones & Pinegar. Mr. Bolick maintains an “AV” rating with Martindale/Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics.  He graduated from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School – J.D., cum laude (1981), with his B.A. from Brigham Young University (1978). He is admitted to practice law in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California, Hawaii, All State and Federal Courts in Utah and Nevada, United States District Court, District of Nevada and United States Tax Court.  He has been named the Outstanding Estate Planning Attorney of the Year, Nevada Business Journal,  The Charitable Facilitator of the Year, Nevada Community Foundation, listed in Nevada Super Lawyers (top 5% in field), Chair, Planned Giving Committee for Vegas PBS, Local Public Broadcasting Station Affiliate, Member, Board of Directors, Southern Nevada Public Television, Past President, Southern Nevada Chapter, International Association for Financial Planners and Appeared on several 1/2 hour shows on Advanced Estate Planning and Asset Protection, Vegas PBS. His many publications include Trusts 101, Helping Your Clients Select the Best Entity Option, Essential Asset Protection Techniques and Strategies, Co-author, Sophisticated Estate Planning Strategies for the Advanced Practitioner in Nevada, NBI in Conjunction with CLE Courses for Nevada Attorneys, Co-author, Effective Planning for the Small Estate in Nevada, NBI in Conjunction with CLE Courses for Nevada Attorneys, Co-author, Basic Probate Procedures and Practice in Nevada, NBI in Conjunction with CLE Courses for Nevada Attorneys and many others.
Host: Scott Letourneau, CEO of Nevada Corporate Planners, Inc. You will learn from Scott’s diverse expertise and his comprehensive and ever-growing list of powerful business resources.  These are the very elements that have allowed his 5,500+ clients, both domestic and abroad, to incorporate their business with confidence, “propelling their business on a fast track to profits!”
Scott has a BA in Finance and is the author of “The Insiders Guide to Incorporating Your Business and Protecting Your Assets!” He is also a contributing author for the new book from Entrepreneur Magazine’s Startup series; Start Your Own Information Marketing Business – Your Step-by-Step Guide to Success.”
Register Today for this Powerful Teleseminar on May 10th at 4 pm PDT/7 pm EDT to learn Advanced Asset Protection Strategies to Preserve Your Wealth!
Dedicated to Your Success,
Scott Letourneau
CEO
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