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ASSET PROTECTION STRATEGIES: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ASSETS FROM CLAIMS OF CREDITORS

By:  Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA There are a number of strategies that are used to protect assets from creditors.  Some of them work, some of them do not.  Some work with limitations.  In considering asset protection strategies the Uniform Voidable Transaction Act (formerly known as the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act) must be considered. …

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Understanding Estate Planning – Begley Report

By Thomas D. Begley, Jr. WHAT IS ESTATE PLANNING? Estate planning is the process by which an individual defines his or her goals for passing assets to beneficiaries and chooses appropriate tools and strategies for achieving those goals.  The process begins with a careful analysis of one’s situation, objectives, and potential tax liability. Only after…

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Protecting The Home: Using Trusts To Protect Your Home From The Costs Of Long-Term Care – Begley Report

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA INTRODUCTION Studies show that 43% of Americans will spend some time in a nursing home.  Seventy percent will require some form of long-term care be it nursing home, assisted living or home care.  The cost of this care can range from $28 – $35 per hour or more…

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USING SELF-SETTLED SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS TO PROTECT PUBLIC BENEFITS – Begley Report

Many public benefits available to persons with disabilities, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, place limits on income and certain types of assets.  Exceeding such limits can lead individuals to lose some or all of their benefits.  Individuals receiving SSI are limited to $2,000 of assets.  For many individuals, their Medicaid is linked…

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