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Welcome to Target Market Insights. A podcast to help real estate investors navigate neighborhoods through the lens of local experts. In each episode, we speak to local specialists to learn about their market, useful tips, and the latest trends and developments. This show is designed to help you with the insights you need to win your target market.

Jun 11, 2019

As a real estate investor and asset protection attorney, Scott Royal Smith has seen how critical it is for investors to develop sound asset protection strategies. The best asset protection strategies provide a layer of anonymity and estate planning while deterring unsubstantiated litigation. And this wealth planning strategy isn’t reserved just for the rich as litigation attorneys will go after anyone with a net worth of $50,000 or more. On this episode, Scott shares his best asset protection strategies, including how to structure trusts and LLCs for optimal protection.

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Key Market Insights

  • Protects over $400 billion in assets
  • Insurance is the business of collecting premiums and denying coverage
  • First major client had 55 properties, gave Scott a check for $10k and asked him to figure it out
  • Who needs asset protection? Anyone with a net worth of $50k or more
  • Some people think you only need insurance, however if your net worth is more than $50k, that is not enough
  • Lawsuits don’t have anything to do with the truth – it’s a business to come after people they think have money
  • Protect assets by hiding them through trusts and LLCs
  • Want to look like you own no assets
  • Insurance companies deny claims all the time – they will cover accidents
  • Need to form a minimum of two companies – one holds assets, the other does business interactions
  • Important to move properties and get them protected
  • Transfer property from your name and into a land trust – this will not trigger the due on sale clause
  • Two types of trusts: revocable trust and irrevocable trust
  • The LLCs provide asset protection, the land trust provides anonymity
  • To create a proper LLC, you need an operating agreement, complete all yearly maintenance and compliance
  • At a minimum, create an LLC and hold the assets in the LLC
  • Performs twice annual estate planning reviews
  • Don’t own things, own the companies that own things
  • Living trust helps to avoid probate and keeps estate plan updated



Bull’s Eye Tips:

Winning Your Market: Do something, even if small

Tracking Market Changes: Strong network with knowledgeable people

Daily Habit: Sit down and identify 3 priorities



Best Business Books:

Wealth Can’t Wait by David Osborne  

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Phone: 512-757-3994


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