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Asset Protection & Bankruptcy

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As you acquire assets, it is wise to protect them against the possibility of lawsuits. A key part of this is recognizing that some assets are safer than others. With guidance from a bankruptcy lawyer you can protect your hard-earned wealth with proper asset protection.

Protecting Assets from Execution

Illinois law protects debtors from losing everything when sued by creditors. It does this by establishing a number of exemptions of property which may not be seized in lawsuits. If you file for bankruptcy to discharge your debts, the bankruptcy court uses these same exemptions to determine what you may keep. When facing lawsuits or bankruptcy, it is obviously best to have your wealth invested in protected assets.

Protected Assets

Under Illinois law you have a homestead exemption to $15,000. This means equity in your house is safe up to $15,000 in value. If your equity is over this amount, your home is subject to sale and the excess taken to satisfy debts. If you have substantial cash or a stock portfolio, you stand to lose these in bankruptcy. You may safely invest these assets however in life insurance or annuities and they will be secure. A car is safe up to $2,400 in value. Tools of trade up to $1,500 are protected and miscellaneous personal property is secure up to $4,000.

Gifts to Relatives

You need to be careful when giving assets to relatives. In bankruptcy, any asset transferred for inadequate compensation within one year of filing is considered a fraudulent transfer. It may be voided by the bankruptcy trustee and taken to satisfy debts. As a result such transfers need to be planned ahead. If filing bankruptcy, it is important to time your filing accordingly.

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At Bizar & Doyle, we counsel clients on asset protection. If a client is seeking discharge of debts in bankruptcy, we review their situation to protect their assets as much as possible. In this endeavor we guide clients to adjust their assets to fit state exemptions. Where possible we schedule bankruptcy filings to protect assets transferred to others.

Contact a Bankruptcy Attorney at the firm to discuss asset protection.

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  • Loop Office
    123 W. Madison Street
    Suite 205
    Chicago, IL 60602

    South Side Office
    10336 S. Western Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60643

    Rosemont Office
    5600 N River Road
    Suite 800
    Rosemont, IL 60018

    Southwest Suburbs
    15255 S. 94th Avenue
    5th Floor
    Orland Park, IL 60462

  • Far North
    1800 Nations Drive
    Suite 117
    Gurnee, IL 60031

    Western Suburbs
    1444 N. Farnswoth Ave.
    Suite 1018
    Aurora, IL 60505

    Joliet Office
    Lincolnshire Business Center
    1000 Essington Road
    Suite 155
    Joliet, IL 60435

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