A caller asked me if he could qualify for homestead protection if he bought a four unit building, lived in one unit, and rented out the other three. One principal under Florida case law is that the rental of a room in a homestead property will not disqualify the homestead protection.
I spoke with a California attorney today about her client’s interest in a Delaware Series LLC. The client was a real estate investor with over 25 different rental properties. The attorney asked whether a Delaware Series LLC was an effective asset protection solution for this client.
A limited liability company does not provide blanket protection against personal liability. According to a recent decision by Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals the managing member of a LLC can be held personal liability for negligent actions without a piercing of the corporate veil. Estate of Canavan v. National Healthcare Corp.
One of the biggest asset protection mistakes is underestimating the skill, intelligence, and resolve of creditors and their attorneys. My representation of a current Florida client provides a good example of creditor creativity.
Florida Statute 222.11 protects from garnishment salary of unlimited amounts earned by a head of family. The statute defines a “head of family” as someone who provides more than 50% of the support for a child or other dependent.
A client presented today an interesting question which I can not answer with any certainty. The well-established rule under Florida case law is that tenants by entireties property (property owned jointly by husband and wife) is immune from creditors of either spouse individually, but the property is not protected from joint creditors. This particular client …
According to judicial decisions in Florida a person who served as trustee of a trust which held real property for the benefit of another person could expose the real property to the trustee’s personal creditors. These cases held that real property titled in the name of a trustee belongs to the trustee in his individual …
The homestead protection afforded Florida residents is being tested in a Florida bankruptcy proceeding.
A professional cannot use a corporate shield to protect himself from malpractice. A professional is anyone who under Florida law is required to obtain a license in order to practice their trade. Florida statutes provide for distinct entities engaged in a professional business.
I’ve said this many times and to many people, but it needs to be repeated. In 1999, the Florida legislature pased CS/HB 361 amending Florida Statutes 620.8101 to provide, among other things, for limited liability partnerships (LLP) and limited liability limited partnerships (LLLP).