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Are You a California Resident?

Are You a California Resident?

Many people believe that as long as they are outside the state of California for six months and a day they are not residents of California. And thus don’t have to pay California’s high income taxes. But the state of California is both broke and arrogant. And they make the rules the way they want.

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

You design a lot of things in your life. The layout of your house, the flow of your business, the requirements on your children, and many more scenarios are all elements of conscious design. Asset protection is no different. There is an architecture, a cohesive...

Corporate Opportunities

Corporate Opportunities

Does the Rule Apply to Real Estate? If you invest in and/or syndicate real estate what are the duties to your investors? You owe them a duty of loyalty. But how far does that go? The issue of corporate opportunities is important. I wrote a whole chapter on it (from...

Protecting Your Business and Investments

It is well recognized that limited liability for shareholders, officers and directors is the number one reason to incorporate. Indeed, the origin of the modern day corporation in England five hundred years ago was due to limited liability concerns. Why invest in a manufacturing plant, why send a sailing ship to trade around the world, if by doing so you increase your exposure? As an investor you’ve already put your money at risk once by venturing into the deal. You’ve done your part to advance the local economy and, hopefully, your prospects as well. By doing so, why should then all your other assets be at risk if the plant burns down or the ship sinks at sea?

Gradually, governments came to understand that in order to promote economic development, to create jobs and, yes, to collect more taxes, they needed to protect investors. And so the modern day corporation came into its own: an entity that encouraged investment for a larger good by limiting the liability of investors to the amounts contributed.

The corporation was followed by the limited partnership and the limited liability company. Now, all three good entities offer asset protection, shielding owners from personal attacks against their business. Indeed, the good entity is one of the key developments in the history of business. With a good entity, entrepreneurs can pursue opportunities without worry of losing absolutely everything. A key development, you’d have to agree.

Given this evolution to protected entities, why would you use the old fashioned, unprotected variety? If your advisor continues to recommend sole proprietorships and general partnerships perhaps you need a new advisor.

Are You a California Resident?

Are You a California Resident?

Many people believe that as long as they are outside the state of California for six months and a day they are not residents of California. And thus don’t have to pay California’s high income taxes. But the state of California is both broke and arrogant. And they make the rules the way they want.

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

You design a lot of things in your life. The layout of your house, the flow of your business, the requirements on your children, and many more scenarios are all elements of conscious design. Asset protection is no different. There is an architecture, a cohesive...