5 Quick Tips About a Nevada Asset Protection Trust
A Nevada Asset Protection Trust is a trust you create for your own benefit to protect your assets from potential creditors during your lifetime.
Here are five quick tips about
Asset Protection Trusts
1. Consider it a Rainy-Day Fund
The assets transferred to the trust should be considered a rainy-day fund and should not be assets you need to live off regularly. You should make sure this trust is set up when there is no known, threatening, or pending creditors. If you have a creditor looming and transfer assets to an asset protection trust, the transfer will most likely be considered fraudulent. Finally, you should not overfund the Nevada Asset Protection Trust. A good guideline would be to not place more than 50% of your assets into a Nevada Asset Protection Trust. If you do, an argument can be made that you are insolvent.
2. Retain Certain Powers Under Nevada’s Statutes
Under Nevada’s statutes, you may retain certain control and powers when it comes to the asset protection trust. You can be your own investment trustee to determine what the trust buys and sells without disqualifying the trust’s asset protection. You should not, however, be your own distribution trustee. The distribution trustee should be a third-party, not related to or subordinate to you, or a trust company. If you need funds in the trust, you would request a distribution from the distribution trustee. The asset protection comes from the fact that the distribution trustee must approve the distribution - you cannot.
3. You do not have to Live in Nevada
You do not have to live in Nevada to set up an asset protection trust. The majority of our clients do not live in Nevada but set up a Nevada asset protection trust to benefit from Nevada’s laws. For an out-of-state client one of the easiest ways to qualify a trust under Nevada law is to have one trustee or co-trustee be a Nevada resident or Nevada trust company. A quick list of unique features of Nevada’s laws are below:
- Nevada’s two-year seasoning period is one of the shortest in the nation. This is the time that must elapse between when you transfer assets to the trust and when they may be creditor protected.
- Nevada has no exception creditors, including a divorcing spouse for child support and alimony.
- Nevada has superior charging order protection for Nevada LLC or LP. The charging order protects the underlying assets of the LLC or LP if you are personally sued.
4. What will it cost you?
In our experience, the average cost to have a qualified estate planning attorney draft an asset protection trust is somewhere between $5,000 - $10,000. The cost of having a trust company serve as trustee can be anywhere between $3,000 - $5,000 per year.
5. How Effective are They?
I am betting you want to know if they definitively work. The answer is "Maybe". There has not been a lot of case law one way or the other. This should give you some confirmation of their effectiveness. If you are still skeptical, estate planning attorneys have created a hybrid domestic asset protection trust. In the hybrid trust, you may be able to indirectly access trust assets through your spouse, and it’s a third-party trust which offers definitively more protection than a self-settled trust.
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Key Benefits of Nevada Law for Estate Planning
The following key benefits of Nevada law have made Nevada the top trust jurisdiction in the United States. You do not have to live in Nevada to take advantage of Nevada's favorable trust and tax laws.
1. No State Income Tax -
Nevada does not tax individuals or trusts at the state level.
2.Nevada Trusts may last 365 Years -
Commonly referred to as the rule against perpetuities, a Nevada trust may last 365 years. A trust lasting 365 years, combined with no state income taxes levied at the death of each generation, can create substantial compounding growth over multiple generations.
3. Nevada’s Directed Trust Statute -
Allows for the splitting of trustee duties into multiple roles: An Investment Trustee or Investment Advisor, with the sole discretion to make investment decisions on behalf of the trust, an Independent trustee or Distribution Trustee with powers to make distributions from the trust, and an Administrative Trustee responsible for maintaining the books and records of the trust.
4. Nevada Asset Protection Trusts (NAPT) -
Legally termed Nevada Self-Settled Spendthrift Trusts
A grantor may create an irrevocable trust in Nevada for their own benefit. The grantor is the creator of the trust as well as a permissible beneficiary. NAPTs are established to protect a portion of the grantor’s assets during the grantor’s lifetime. Nevada is one of only 19 states that allow self-settled trusts and is consistently ranked as the top self-settled trust state for the following reasons:
- Two-year seasoning period – This is the time that must elapse between the transfer of assets to the trust and the time when those assets should be protected from creditors. Nevada’s two-year statute of limitations on transfers to the NAPT is one of the shortest in the nation.
- Nevada has no exception creditors – Some state statutes allow for exception creditors that can pierce the trust when a regular creditor cannot. These exception creditors most often include a divorcing spouse for child support and alimony and can also include tort creditors. Nevada does not recognize exception creditors.
- The grantor of the trust may also act as the investment trustee of the trust. This allows the grantor to manage the investments inside the trust.
- Charging order protection for partnerships and LLCs - Creditors of a member of an LLC or limited partner of a partnership are statutorily forbidden from attaching assets held in a partnership or LLC in Nevada. The most the creditor can obtain is a charging order (similar to a lien) against the LLC or limited partnership interest, which entitles the creditor only to distributions actually made from the partnership or LLC to the debtor member/partner.
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5 Reasons why Nevada is the #1 Trust State
There is little doubt Nevada has taken over as the top trust jurisdiction in the United States. For years the estate planning community has looked to states like Delaware and Alaska for their favorable tax and asset protection laws. Not anymore. The top estate planners in the country are increasingly using Nevada as their preferred out of state trust jurisdiction for high net worth clients and their families.
Top 5 Reasons Why Nevada is the #1 Trust State for Compounding Wealth and Asset Protection:
#1 - Nevada Asset Protection Trusts
Nevada enacted its domestic asset protection statute in 1999. A Nevada asset protection trust (NAPT) is an irrevocable trust in which the creator of the trust is also a permissible beneficiary. Two years after the creator transfers a portion of their assets to the trust, those assets should be protected from all creditor claims. A Nevada asset protection trust is a vehicle to protect assets from creditor claims which are becoming more prevalent in our highly litigious society.
Nevada is unique with one of the shortest statutes of limitations, with most domestic asset protection trust states having a four-year statute. Nevada is also one of only two states that have no exception creditors. These are creditors that can pierce the trust irrespective of a state's statute. Nevada has none. Sixteen of the nineteen domestic asset protection trust states have exception creditors, including a divorcing spouse for child support and alimony, in addition to other potential creditors.
#2 - State Income Tax Savings
Nevada does not have a state income tax. Therefore, a trust sitused in Nevada will be responsible for filing a federal income tax return, but there is no corresponding Nevada tax or filing. Investable assets held inside a Nevada trust can compound substantially without having to pay state income taxes. To learn more about which states are most tax-friendly for the wealthy, read the recent USA Today article posted in January 2020: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/01/29/the-most-tax-friendly-states-for-the-rich/41060485/
#3 - Nevada Directed Trust Statute
A directed trust allows for the separation of a trustee's roles among multiple parties. The old traditional trust had one trustee responsible for the investment, distribution, and administration of a trust. A handful of states have enacted directed trust statutes which allow the investment and distribution functions to be handled by a family member, friend, or other trusted advisor while leaving the administrative functions to a corporate trustee.
The unbundling of trustee services gives trust grantors, beneficiaries, and their professional advisors more control over a client’s estate plan. Clients prefer the separation of duties, flat trustee fees, and the greater flexibility of a directed trust arrangement.
#4 - Nevada's Decanting Statute
Decanting is the act of pouring assets from an old trust to a new trust with more favorable terms. For years estate planners struggled with the simple fact that irrevocable trusts were irrevocable and could not be changed. Nevada's decanting statute allows for the modification of an irrevocable trust to address changes in trust law and dynamics within families that could not have been predicted. Some of the most commons reasons to decant are to change drafting errors, trustee provisions, distribution standards, and governing law.
#5 - Dynasty Trusts
The length of time a trust can last is dependent on the state’s "Rule Against Perpetuities." In 2005, Nevada's laws were amended to allow a trust to last for 365 years. This means a trust in Nevada can last for 365 years without the trust assets being subjected to an estate tax levied at each generation. The current estate tax exemption for 2020 is $11.58M for an individual and $23.16M for a married couple. Any amount over these thresholds is subject to an estate tax of 40%. These current estate tax exemption amounts push Dynasty Trusts down to #5 on our list of why Nevada is the #1 state for trusts. One thing we do know about estate taxes is they are subject to change. If the estate tax exemptions are lowered through sunset of the current law, or through a change in administration, the Dynasty Trust would move up in the ranking of why Nevada is the #1 state for trusts.
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