The assets that you have worked long and hard to accumulate can be lost within a very short period if they are not properly protected and you are sued, you file for bankruptcy or you are otherwise subject to judgments proceedings.
However, understanding that certain assets should be protected from being lost in such circumstances, lawmakers have passed acts under which certain types of assets are, or can be, shielded.
You may think that only doctors, corporate executives and others in litigation-prone professions are the only ones who need to worry about protecting their assets. Not so. There are many circumstances under which your assets can be attached or garnished. These include if your file for bankruptcy, you get a divorce or you are on the defensive end of a civil lawsuit. Many of these circumstances are ones that most people don't even consider for their businesses until they occur.
Although asset protection may have had a tainted past, legitimate strategies are available. Look at it as a way to put up as many obstacles as possible that potential creditors must jump over before they can get to your business assets. This might encourage these creditors to make favorable settlements instead of getting involved in long and expensive litigation processes.