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Friday, March 13, 2015

Self-settled trusts may not provide asset protection.

Another warning for anyone thinking of using self-settled trusts. A Utah court recently decided that Utah state law should apply to an asset protection trust, even though the stated choice of law in the trust was Nevada.

If the same logic will apply in New York, any local creators of self-settled trusts will be doomed, because New York has a strong policy against self-settled trusts. As a result, any transfer to such a trust my be considered void, and the money may be available for creditors!    As I wrote earlier, there are multiple considerations when choosing a type of asset protection trust to use. Talk to an experienced attorney if you are thinking about asset protection.

http://law.justia.com/cases/utah/supreme-court/2015/20100683.html


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