The growth in the U.S. economy has allowed Americans to increase their savings--but how? A novel approach has emerged in seventeen states: domestic asset product trusts (DAPTs). DAPTs are self-settled spindthrift trusts that allow the settlor to retain a beneficial interest in the trust while removing it from the reach of future creditors. Through the lens of the favorable ruling in Klackaba v. Nelson, this Note addresses why DAPTs should be regarded as an effective method of protecting a settlor’s money and argue for more states to follow suit.
Cheyenne VanKirk, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts: Ushering in the Klackaba Era, 42 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 1559 (2019).