Ohio asset protection attorney Kenneth Laino of Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond writes about estate planning at his Asset Protection Law Journal, helping individuals and businesses take advantage of asset protection laws.
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Given the poor state of our economy in recent years, one would expect that the number of lawyers in the United States would be declining. There has been significant downsizing at larger law firms. Many businesses have been deferring some discretionary legal services. So one would...
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A recent decision by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Alaska (In Re: Thomas Mortensen, Case No. A09-00565-DMD) is clearly worth reading -- for a discussion of fraudulent conveyances, Alaska asset protection trusts, applicable statutes of limitations, and a variety of...