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General Asset Protection

General Asset Protection

Creditor issues are becoming more and more common, especially as our society becomes more litigious.  Over 19 million new lawsuits are filed in the United States every year, many of which are frivolous or settled for sums greater than the actual liability.

Business owners, professionals such as doctors, dentists, lawyers and accountants, and property owners in particular should be aware of the risks associated with conducting their business, practicing in their respective fields and taking responsibility for others.

The risk and potential liability is not going to decline. In fact, it has steadily increased over the last few decades.  Assets can be at risk due to a number of vulnerabilities, including:

  • Professional malpractice liability
  • Personal liability of corporate officers and directors
  • Lawsuits by former business partners
  • Personal injury suffered on your premises
  • Personal injury resulting form a motor vehicle accident
  • Liability as guarantor for the debts of another
  • Liability arising from misconduct

Asset Protection is not about giving in to fear.  It is about empowering yourself in the face of it. Our firm works with clients to implement proven, legally-sound strategies that will help preserve their wealth and safeguard their assets. We represent professionals, small business owners, property owners and other clients with the goal of protecting their assets against potential litigation, judgments, liens, and fraud.

Insurance alone does not always adequately protect against all of these threats, but insurance is an important aspect of asset protection planning.  We help clients protect their wealth by working with their insurance advisors and using a variety of legal strategies, including the use of special trusts, business entities and other legal arrangements.

A creditor who initiates litigation against a person who has placed his or her assets into a trust, a foundation, or other entity may find that there are very few collectible assets actually owned by the person they wish to sue. Assets owned by a properly structured trust, foundation, or other entity are generally not subject to claims against their beneficiaries. In addition, placing assets into an asset protection entity may have the additional benefit of removing those assets from a person’s taxable estate.

Our firm has expertise in assisting clients to arrange their finances, real property and other assets in a manner that minimizes their exposure to potential creditors.  We are well versed in establishing trusts, determining insurance needs, creating estate plans and organizing investments and business entities so that our clients are able to enjoy the highest level of confidence in terms of the security of their accumulated assets.  We know how to evaluate current client holdings and work with our clients to identify the best ways to legally protect those holdings from a variety of creditors. 

Our firm has a solid working knowledge of:

  • Trusts;
  • Business entity formation;
  • Exempt asset protections under state law; and
  • Negotiation and preparation of pre and post-marital agreements


The exact strategies employed by our firm vary depending on the client, the nature of the assets and the tax regulations that apply to those assets. The ultimate goal is to protect the status of current assets in a manner that is effective, legal and ethical.



The attorneys of O’Diam & Stecker Law Group, Inc., assist individuals, families and business owners with Estate Planning, Advanced Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Asset Protection, Elder Law, Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits, Special Needs Planning, Estate Administration, Tax Planning, Tax Representation, Business Law, Business Succession Planning, Farm Succession Planning and Real Estate Law throughout the Miami Valley, including Dayton, Kettering, Oakwood, Centerville, Beavercreek, Xenia, Springfield, Springboro and Troy, in Greene County, Montgomery County, Clark County, Warren County and Miami County.



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| Phone: 937-458-0574
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