Will my personal assets be safe if I choose not to incorporate my business?

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Will my personal assets be safe if I choose not to incorporate my business? I own property and wondered if I MUST incorporate to ensure that I cannot be sued for my personal assets. Or is there insurance for this?

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

If you do not incorporate your business then you are technically operating as a sole proprietorship or what is known as a “d/b/a” (doing business as) and your assets are not protected. Should you be sued and have a Judgment entered against you, a creditor can place a lien on your property and seize any physical assets in your name.

It may make sense to incorporate, even as a limited liability company, to avoid any litigation against you personally.

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