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Tennessee Estate Planning Law

Insight and commentary on estate planning issues impacting affluent residents of Tennessee

Comparison of Asset Protection Trust Statutes

Dave Shaftel has prepared a detailed comparison of the various Domestic Asset Protection Trust statutes. He analyzes 33 different aspects of the statutes. Tennessee’s laws stack up very well in terms of protection from creditors.

You can see from the enclosed map that Tennessee is the only southeastern state that allows Asset Protection Trusts. Advisors in neighboring states are beginning to recommend Tennessee as the state in which to establish an Asset Protection Trust. 

Delaware is the leading provider of Asset Protection Trusts because they have done the best job of advertising. Unlike Tennessee, Delaware allows certain tort claimants to assert claims against Asset Protection Trusts. Except for this significant difference in Tennessee’s favor, the Delaware and Tennessee statutes are very similar.