Many people tell me they are planning transfers that they do not think will be challenged as a fraudulent conveyance because no creditor has yet to file a lawsuit. For fraudulent conveyance issues the important event is not the lawsuit or judgment, but it is the creation of a claim. Fraudulent conveyance statutes address creditors’ “claims” not creditor lawsuits or creditor judgments. “Claim” is defined by the statutes. A claim means a right to payment, whether or not the right is reduced to judgment, is liquidated, fixed, contingent, disputed etc. A transfer of assets made even under the vague shadow of a potential claim is subject to attack as a fraudulent transfer under Florida Statute 726 even though substantial time passes before a lawsuit if filed or judgment awarded.
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