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Its Official: We Are In Recession! Asset Protection in Australia Has Never Been So Important.

Article by WealthSafe.

Date Published: 2 Sep 2013

I have been saying it for a while, and the figures now show it: Australia is in a recession. We are experiencing record number of company insolvencies and bankruptcies.

Its Official We Are In Recession! Asset Protection in Australia Has Never Been So Important

Asset protection in Australia has never been so important.

Corporate insolvencies reach the worst rate in over a decade

And it is going to get worse, not better. We are seeing this in the mining industry. We are seeing the ATO get more militant in chasing down debts. Lawsuits are increasing.

A very bleak picture …

In saying that, financial heartache and pain can be very easily avoided if you are properly structured from day one. Or if you are not, you take steps to at least create such
strong smokescreens that anyone wanting to sue you or chase you for money will get quickly scared off.

So … if asset protection has been on the back burner for you, now is the time to give it TOP PRIORITY. With bankruptcies and company insolvencies at record highs, asset protection in Australia for Australian people is critical. Protecting your assets from greedy gold-digging governments, and others who see your hard-earned wealth as an opportunity to line their own pockets is more important than over.

Here are a few introductory tips whereby you can do this:

  1. Use companies and trusts. Apart from some statutory exceptions, a liquidator or bankruptcy person seeking to get money is limited to whatever money is in the company or trust. They can’t get to you personally. Not only that but companies and trusts for your personal assets make it especially hard, and in practice, most liquidators, the ATO, and potential lawsuit predators get scared of by them.
  2. Self managed super fund. Superannuation is well protected, so having shares or commercial property or residential property is very powerful.
  3. Smokescreen second mortgages. If you have property in your own name, transferring it into a company or trust can be expensive (in various taxes). Setting up a family trust and putting second mortgages over a property that is currently in your own name is a cost effective way of protecting the asset, while still giving great protection. In reality, liquidators and bankruptcy trustees keep far away when they see second mortgages.

There are other strategies but we can explore them another time.

In subsequent articles, we will explore these in more detail.

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