The Disadvantages of Being Wealthy
The media and popular culture are always promoting all the advantages of being wealthy. But what they don’t show are some of the disadvantages of being wealthy. While these disadvantages are certainly not the same as those that come with being impoverished, nevertheless, having a large amount of money or coming into a big inheritance is not without its drawbacks. It’s certainly true that no one would choose to be […]Continue reading
If You Create a Revocable Living Trust, Do You Still Need a Will?
The answer is yes, you need a will even with a revocable living trust. Your will and revocable living trust work in tandem with one another. A revocable living trust is a legal vehicle that provides lifetime as well as after-death management for assets and property. It’s created during your lifetime and, as the trustor, you may change it at any time while you’re still living. The successor trustee whom […]Continue reading
Is an Offshore Trust the Same Thing as an Asset Protection Trust?
Ours has become an increasingly litigious society. Therefore, it’s become increasingly important for wealthy individuals to take some type of action in order to protect their assets from unexpected lawsuits and the claims of creditors. Many financial experts offer asset protection trusts as the best legal vehicle for shielding valuable assets. Asset protection trusts allow creditors to reach a settlement with their respective debtors on more favorable terms, therefore avoiding […]Continue reading
How Wealthy Should You Be Before Creating a Trust?
A common misconception held by many is that you have to be wealthy in order to establish a trust. So, you may not have considered setting up a trust as part of your estate planning solely based on the fact that you don’t have a net worth in the millions of dollars. However, a trust can be a very useful tool when it comes to estate planning, especially if […]Continue reading
Here’s What to do if the Executor of an Estate is Suspected of Stealing
Acting as an executor is an important job. After a person dies, their executor will be performing a variety of legal functions, including selling property, paying creditors, bringing any lawsuits that need to be filed, and, if necessary, reviewing medical records and distributing assets to their named beneficiaries. When an executor for a will is selected, they agrees to act in the best interest of the estate and to follow […]Continue reading
Comprehensive Estate Planning vs Average Estate Planning
Estate planning is the process of designating who will receive your assets upon your death. In addition, estate planning also determines how your affairs will be conducted if you’re no longer able to make your own decisions. Many people are under the misconception that estate planning is only for the wealthy, but everyone needs an estate plan. If you don’t have an estate plan in place when you die, the […]Continue reading
How Does an Offshore Trust Really Work?
Many people looking for a way to protect their assets are asking, “what is an offshore trust and how does it work?” An offshore trust is a trust that a settlor establishes in a jurisdiction that is different from the one in which they live. An offshore trust can be located in any country as long as that jurisdiction recognizes the legal concept of a trust. But only a few […]Continue reading
Make Sure Nobody Steals your Money
Estate planning goals for high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) should include protecting inheritances for their heirs, minimizing estate tax liability, and avoiding the probate process. Living trusts are commonly used by both attorneys and financial advisors as part of the estate planning process because they ensure that assets are distributed to the correct individuals and/or entities. Trusts also help minimize estate taxes by allowing you to remove assets from your estate so […]Continue reading
How can you find an offshore trust company?
An offshore trust is one that a settlor establishes in a jurisdiction which is different from the one in which they reside. Offshore trusts are very similar to traditional trusts, with one substantial difference: they don’t have to comply when a judge in separate jurisdiction makes a demand. In other words, judges in one country don’t have jurisdiction over another. Due in part to that fact, offshore trusts can be […]Continue reading
Are Foreign Trusts Effective to Thwart Creditors?
You’ve worked hard to achieve your legacy, and you want to be able to use it to provide lasting comfort and financial security for yourself and your loved ones. So, the last thing you’d want to do is to put your wealth at risk from creditors. Protecting assets and making them less vulnerable to creditors that you may not have anticipated is one of the purposes of asset protection planning. […]Continue reading