On occasion I have potential clients who have set up trusts, and want to know if the assets in the trust will be in jeopardy in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. My answer has always been: “It depends.” And after recently attending a first rate continuing legal education presentation by two erudite colleagues, Mark Jessee and Pat Green, I was happy to see that they echoed my position.
Well, that answer is not very satisfying, is it? How about a little more detail?
Mark and Pat produced some excellent notes from which I will crib just a bit, using the scholarly exception to copyright infringement, to give you a taste of what is involved.
However: Caveat Emptor! This topic is very complicated, and this post just scratches the surface. If you have a trust, or are planning to set one up, you should consult a competent attorney to discuss the implications — especially if you think bankruptcy is looming on the horizon.
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