Protecting your home: The Unfortunate Widow
The woman was 84 and a widow. She had been living in the same house for 30 years, and it was fully paid off. She had virtually no savings, and lived off her Social Security benefits.
She was involved in an automobile accident and was sued. The plaintiff asked for $200,000 in excess of her insurance coverage. She was in danger of losing her home.
Representing the woman on a pro bono basis, we transferred the ownership of her house to an irrevocable trust. Seeing this, the plaintiff ceased its efforts to pursue our client in excess of her insurance limits.
While the woman is not a typical asset protection client, her case is an excellent example of an important point- you do not need to be uber-rich, or rich at all, to engage in asset protection planning. We all have assets worth protecting. Whether your home equity is $200,000 or $2,000,000, the emotional attachment and the need to protect it is the same.