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University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.
(magna cum laude)
University of Maryland, B.S.

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Eric C. Boughman

Litigation, Technology, Asset Protection

Eric Boughman’s practice encompasses a wide range of business disputes, corporate governance matters, internet, software, and technology issues, real estate matters, and asset protection. Eric also manages the firm's expansive multi-state and international asset recovery and defense practice.

Eric has broad analytical experience regarding the pursuit and retention of tangible and digital assets. He has represented clients ranging from multinational corporations to local business owners in all phases of the legal dispute process, including mediation, arbitration, administrative tax and licensing proceedings, trials, and appeals. Eric has also served as general counsel to an off-shore technology company and regularly counsels tech companies, both foreign and domestic. In recent years, he has become deeply involved in issues dealing with internet licensing and copyright concerns, software and cloud-based systems, internet defamation, and other technical issues that affect clients doing business in cyberspace.

Eric has been admitted to practice law in Florida and Nevada, as well as in the U.S. Tax Court, and pro hac vice for matters in other U.S. States. Eric also volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem with the Orange County Legal Aid Society. He is rated AV – Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and regularly publishes articles and makes presentations in the areas of asset protection, real estate, and technology.

 

Eric graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School where, prior to graduation, he argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court as a Moot Court finalist. He also served as a Moot Court program Managing Director and was a student editor for the Minnesota Practice Series Business Law Deskbook. Eric earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland while he was serving in the U.S. Air Force. His duty included tours in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Eric is a member of the Florida Bar, Nevada Bar, and the U.S. Tax Court. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Orange and Seminole County Bar Associations, and the Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys Council. He remains active in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Mary and also as the 2015-2016 District Communications Officer for Rotary District 6980. He volunteers with Franklin’s Friends, a local animal welfare organization, and The Hero Games, a local event benefiting the Wheelchair Foundation.

 

Eric lives with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Peyton, in Longwood, Florida, along with their faithful and playful dogs, Kadin and Chloe. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor sporting adventures, including various water sports, skydiving, mountain biking, and running.

Conference Name Title Date
FBL Legal Eeze 11 Commandments of Asset Protection - 7) If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is. July 27, 2017
National Business Institute Business Law Boot Camp July 24, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze     11 Commandments of Asset Protection – 6) Know Your Enemy (Government Agencies, Turnover Orders, and Contempt)  June 22, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze 11 Commandments of Asset Protection – 5) Choose the Terrain (Where You Plan Matters) May 25, 2017
NBI Live Teleconference Protecting Assets From Creditors May 16, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze 11 Commandments of Asset Protection – 4) Don’t Be Greedy (Valuation Concerns in Asset Protection Apr. 27, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze 11 Commandments of Asset Protection – 3) Avoid “Late Stage” Transfers Mar. 30, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze 11 Commandments of Asset Protection 2017
National Business Institute Ethical Considerations 2016
Orange County Bar Association In Resolving Title Issues 2016
Orange County Bar Assn. Professionalism Panel Orange County Rules of Professionalism 2016
What You Need To Know For Your Estate Planning Practice Asset Protection Update-2016 2016
National Business Institute. Protecting Assets with LLCs 2016
FICPA Breakfast Seminar Asset Protection with LLCs 2016
FBL Legal Eeze Self-Settled Trusts - Keys to Effectiveness 2016
FBL Legal Eeze Emerging Issues In Asset Protection 2016
FBL Legal Eeze Overview of the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act for Non-Lawyers 2016
Estate, Guardianship and Trust Committee Meeting An Overview of the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act 2016
Barry Law School Pizza and Professionalism Professionalism in Social Media 2016
National Business Institute Ethical Considerations in Evidence 2015
Pension Investors CPE Seminar Valuation Issues in Asset Protection 2015
Orange County Bar Association Trust and Estates Committee Morality, Ethics, and Professionalism in Asset Protection 2015
Orange County Bar Association Professionalism in Discovery Seminar: Advanced Techniques to Create and Follow an Ethical Roadmap to Litigation Success 2015
National Business Institute Quiet Title Actions in Florida Seminar 2015
FAMU Orientation Professionalism Program Professionalism Plenary Panel 2015
Barry Law School Pizza and Professionalism Professionalism and Mentoring 2015
Barry Law School Pizza and Professionalism Professionalism in the Use of Social Media 2015
Accounting CPE What You Don't Know About Asset Protection Can Hurt You 2015
National Business Institute Curing Title Issues 2014
Orange County Bar Trust and Estates Committee Asset Protection and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Fraudulent Transfers 2014
Barry Law School Pizza and Professionalism Professionalism and Time Management 2014
2014 Annual CPE Seminar Asset Protection 2014

Eric's Published Articles

  • Is There An Echo In Here? What You Need To Consider About Privacy Protection

    Article Written for: Forbes.com

    If you have an Amazon Echo, try this: Say, "Alexa, tell me a joke," but do it very quickly so that you finish the request before Alexa "wakes up" (indicated on the Echo by the blue light). Did you notice that Alexa dutifully complied, seemingly catching the request before she (it?) was awake? There is a simple explanation for this: Alexa (like other artificially intelligent digital assistants) is always listening. Indeed, Alexa starts recording "a fraction of a second” before the wake word. Google Home listens to snippets of conversations to detect the "hotword."

    Read more...
  • “Alexa, Do You Have Rights?”: Legal Issues Posed by Voice-Controlled Devices and the Data They Create

    Article Written for: American Bar Association’s Business Law Today
    The decision to use voice-controlled digital assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and the Google Assistant, may present a Faustian bargain. While these technologies offer great potential for improving quality of life, they also expose users to privacy risks by perpetually listening for voice data and transmitting it to third parties.

    Read more...
  • Cryptocurrencies As Legitimate Asset Protection Tools

    Article Written for: Forbes.com
    Despite some misconceptions, using bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies for asset protection in connection with offshore planning may be an effective strategy. A crucial facet to using foreign trusts to protect wealth is ensuring that the trustee and trust assets remain outside of any jurisdiction where the grantor might be sued. Some U.S. states may find the concept of self-settled trusts anathema to public policy and thus choose to ignore the trust and treat the grantor/beneficiary as the de facto owner of trust assets.

    Read more...
  • Practical Considerations For Using Self-Settled Trusts

    Article Written for : Forbes.com
    Is it any surprise that our new president, Donald Trump, may have strategically manipulated the tax code to avoid paying federal income tax? Mr. Trump calls this “smart,” and many in the same boat would agree. Similarly, sophisticated clients and advisors implement legal tactics to prudently preserve and protect wealth.

    One strategy growing in popularity is the “self-settled” trust for asset protection. Under traditional trust law, a grantor conveys assets to a trustee, for the benefit of someone else, such as his children. The gift “divides” ownership between so-called legal title and equitable title. The trustee may legally oversee the assets (pursuant to a trust agreement) benefitting beneficiaries (who have no control over trust assets). Once the assets are in trust, they are generally protected from future creditors of the grantor, trustee (with legal title), and beneficiaries (with equitable title).

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  • The Uniform Voidable Transactions Act
    Article written for: ABA Property and Probate Journal

    An Overview of Refinements to The Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act

    The Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA) was recently adopted by the Uniform Law Commission (Commission) as the successor to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA). UFTA was itself an update of its predecessor, the Uniform Fraudulent Conveyance Act (UFCA).  UFCA was revised to conform the Act to the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978. UVTA resolves several “narrowly-defined issues.” UVTA Prefatory Note 5 (2014).

    Read more...
  • Asset protection: Where you form an LLC can make a big difference

    Article written for: Orlando Business Journal 

    Limited liability companies have become the entity of choice for small business owners and are commonly used by professionals in asset protection planning. Choosing to form an LLC instead of a corporation may be prudent, but it raises the question of where to form the LLC. There are several factors to consider in deciding where to establish the entity. Picking the right LLC jurisdiction may be as important as the decision to use an LLC.

    In 2010, the Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling that eviscerated the effectiveness of the Florida single­member LLC for asset protection purposes.

    Read more...
  • Experts: Timing is critical when looking at asset protection

    Article written for: BizJournals.com

    Effective asset protection requires the strategic use of several legal components. These include the transfer of assets to protective structures (such as limited liability companies and trusts), proper allocation of legally protected assets, insurance and proper titling of assets to maximize legal exemptions from claims. Proper structuring insulates assets against claims from future, unknown creditors.
    Read more...
  • Delaware Bank Accounts for Asset Protection Not a Silver Bullet

    Article Written for : bizjournals.com
    As the story goes, John D. Rockefeller was getting his shoes shined when the shoeshine boy, not knowing whose shoes he was shining, started offering stock tips.

    That was Rockefeller’s cue to turn bearish on the stock market. "Secret" tips lose their efficacy when no longer secret.

    While speaking at a recent seminar, we received several questions from CPAs and financial professionals about the use of Delaware bank accounts to protect cash. The questions reflect a national trend to use Delaware accounts for "asset protection."

    Read more...

We cater to the professional, entrepreneur and investor seeking customized domestic and international asset protection strategies.

Our firm also analyzes potential exposure to individuals and businesses and provides strategies to insulate vulnerable assets.

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