The Domestic Asset Protection Trust (DAPT) is the onshore response to concerns surrounding offshore asset protection vehicles, but are the onshore and offshore varieties of asset protection equivalent? Despite the surface similarities between DAPTs and asset protection vehicles based in the Caribbean and other offshore hotspots, the degree of creditor protection offered by them can be very different.
After a brief discussion of the history of DAPTs, this article examines the battle tactics used by creditors to break DAPTs and access trust assets.
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For previous coverage of DAPTs in Advisor’s Journal, see Domestic Asset Protection Trusts: New Chart Ranks the States (CC 10-30) & The Spendthrift Clause (CC 09-32).
For in-depth analysis of DAPTs, see Advisor’s Main Library: G—Domestic Asset Protection Trusts.