Why Nine of the Domestic Asset Protection Trust Jurisdictions Have a Big Problem

By Steven J. Oshins, Esq., AEP (Distinguished) Nineteen domestic jurisdictions have statutes that allow a person to set up a Domestic Asset Protection Trust (“DAPT”). A DAPT is an irrevocable trust set up by a person (the “settlor”) for the benefit of him/herself and other beneficiaries. Under the statutes of each of those jurisdictions, after a certain waiting period, the assets transferred to the trust by the settlor should be protected from the settlor’s creditors. Affidavit of Solvency Asset protection planners will generally have their clients sign an Affidavit of Solvency which essentially says that the client isn’t making a…

Don’t Require a Prenup for a Trust Beneficiary to Be Eligible for a Distribution!

By Steven J. Oshins, Esq., AEP (Distinguished) I have seen so many trusts drafted with a provision requiring a married beneficiary to have a prenuptial agreement in place in order to be eligible to receive a distribution from the trust. This seems to be a staple in many law firms’ “form” trust agreements. Let’s analyze the logic. The attorney (or many times the client) believes that by requiring that a beneficiary have a prenuptial agreement in place it will therefore almost force the beneficiary to do so and therefore somehow magically protect the trust assets. However, such a provision actually…

The Floating Spouse Provision and More: Designing a Spousal Lifetime Access Trust for Maximum Access and Maximum Divorce Protection

By Steven J. Oshins, Esq., AEP (Distinguished) A Spousal Lifetime Access Trust (“SLAT”) is an irrevocable trust for the benefit of the settlor’s spouse and descendants. The settlor makes transfers to the trust that must come from the settlor’s separate property. If drafted properly, the trust assets are protected from the creditors and divorcing spouses of the settlor and of the beneficiaries and aren’t subject to estate taxes (if using a completed gift version) when the settlor and settlor’s spouse pass away. THE KEY IS IN THE DRAFTING A general fear that many clients and advisors have is that they…

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Oshins: Staggered Distribution Trust versus Dynasty Trust

By Steven J. Oshins, Esq., AEP (Distinguished) Testing his theory that in every man dwells a good and an evil force, the reserved Dr. Jekyll develops a formula that separates the two, turning him into an argumentative estate planning attorney named Mr. Oshins who tells it like it is. Dr. Jekyll soon realizes he is becoming addicted to his darker self as he unleashes his opinions on the estate planning industry. In this article, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Oshins tackle the differences between a Staggered Distribution Trust and a Dynasty Trust. As expected, Mr. Oshins will provide a different view…

The Inheritor’s Trust: How I Want to Inherit from Mommy and Daddy

By Tiffany A. Oshins  The term “Inheritor’s Trust” was service marked at the Patent & Trademark Office by my Daddy (Steve Oshins), my Grandpa (Richard Oshins) and another attorney (Noel Ice) in 2003.  They abandoned the service mark in 2006 after the Patent & Trademark Office determined it to have become a term of common usage. Despite the abandonment of the service mark, the estate planning industry continues to use the term.  As a potential future inheritor, I would like to receive all gifts and bequests from Mommy and Daddy in an Inheritor’s Trust.  This article will explain this concept…

The Estate Planning “Perfect Storm”

An Interview with Steven J. Oshins, Esq., AEP (Distinguished) Nationally-known estate planning attorney Steve Oshins and nationally-known CPA Bob Keebler recently gave a joint teleconference for us entitled, “Estate Planning Techniques in a Time of Low Interest Rates”. In that presentation, Steve and Bob coined the term “PERFECT STORM” to reflect the current estate planning environment.  We interviewed Steve after the session and are pleased to bring to you highlights from the transcript of the interview. UEP:  Why did you and Bob call the current estate planning environment the “PERFECT STORM”? SO:  We did so for two reasons.  First of…

FREE Hybrid Domestic Asset Protection Trust Client Acquisition Slideshow

Nationally renowned estate and asset protection attorney, Steven J. Oshins, J.D., AEP (Distinguished), has released a FREE Hybrid Domestic Asset Protection Trust (“Hybrid DAPT”) client acquisition slideshow. Whether you’re an attorney, CPA, financial advisor, life insurance agent or trust officer, spend less than 8 minutes to check out this slideshow and use this free tool to educate yourself, your clients, and your prospective clients on the Hybrid DAPT concept! DIRECT LINK Related Education If you’re interested in learning more about the Hybrid DAPT, you might also be interested in the On-Demand presentation that Steve Oshins has on this topic.  For…

The 11th Annual DAPT State Rankings Chart Released!

By Steven J. Oshins, Esq., AEP (Distinguished) It’s that time of year again!  The time when estate planners hold their breath, anxiously awaiting the release of the Annual Domestic Asset Protection Trust State Rankings Chart.  Where will their favored jurisdiction land? The 11th Annual Domestic Asset Protection Trust State Rankings Chart was created to serve as a single page guide to various states’ DAPT statutes.  The states are ranked based on various material factors that are important in selecting a situs for the trust.  Although the weights that are applied to different variables are subjective, the methodology used is likely very similar…

How the Hybrid Domestic Asset Protection Trust Has Changed the Entire Asset Protection Industry

By Steven J. Oshins, Esq., AEP (Distinguished) The Different Asset Protection Options There are three main trust options:  Domestic Asset Protection Trusts (“DAPTs”), Foreign Asset Protection Trusts (“FAPTs”) and Hybrid Domestic Asset Protection Trusts (“Hybrid DAPTs”). Domestic Asset Protection Trusts A traditional DAPT is an irrevocable trust set up under the laws of one of the 19 states that allows such a trust.  The person setting up and funding the trust (the “settlor”) does not need to reside in one of those 19 jurisdictions.  Under the statutes of each of those jurisdictions, after a certain waiting period, the assets transferred…

The 2010-2019 All-Decade Estate Planning Awards

By Steven J. Oshins, Esq., AEP (Distinguished) This past decade has arguably seen more changes in the estate planning industry than ever before. This article will highlight many of these changes by handing out awards in a number of different categories. #1. MOST SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE IN THE LAW AWARD WINNER: SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN ESTATE TAX EXEMPTION. The change in the law that has been the most significant was the substantial increase in the federal estate tax exemption. No other change in the law played such a prominent role in the way estate planners plan since this essentially turned estate tax planners…