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The Lehman Client Money Litigation

When it was placed into administration on the morning of 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) ("LBIE") could account for approximately $2.16 billion of money in its segregated client...more

Bermuda: Taking Charge of the Future - A review of recent legislative changes relating to Trusts and Life Insurance Contracts

Bermuda is a financial centre that is determined to grow, diversify, and improve upon the range and quality of the financial and professional services that it offers to its international clients. This goal is supported...more

Wealth Management Update - August 2014

August Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The August § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Reporting Foreign Account Gifts

One of the areas of inquiry that is certain to receive increased attention by the IRS and Department of Justice (DOJ) is the claim that the funds in offshore accounts were the result of a “gift”. The proper documentation of...more

False Foreign Gift Claims and Wire Fraud

A scheme that some dual national taxpayers have used involves claiming exemption from foreign jurisdiction taxation because they are U.S. taxpayers and then not reporting the offshore account or its income as required by U.S....more

IRS Identifies ‘Attorneys-in-Fact’ as Potentially Required to File Under the Foreign Bank Account Reporting Rules

Most United States persons who have foreign financial accounts are aware that they must file an annual report to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with respect to these accounts. Less well known, however, is that individuals...more

Insight on Estate Planning - June/July 2014

In This Issue: - Adapting to the times: Estate planning focus shifts to income taxes - International estate planning 101 - When is the optimal time to begin receiving Social Security? - Estate...more

Durable Power Of Attorney Holders And FBAR Liability – What The Heck!

U.S. persons with an interest in a non-U.S. account must annually file a FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) if the aggregate maximum values of the foreign financial accounts exceed $10,000...more

Which Courts Have Jurisdiction to Deal with Claims Against Offshore Trustees?

There have been a number of cases decided recently by offshore Courts (particularly in Jersey and Bermuda), in which the Courts have had to consider the scope of their jurisdiction to determine disputes relating to trusts...more

Wealth Management Update - April 2014

April Interest Rates Hold Steady for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, and Intra-Family Loans. The April applicable federal rate ("AFR") for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Offshore Disclosure: What Needs To Be Disclosed? A Checklist

The following is a list of questions that should lead to the discovery of offshore assets, whether properly reported or not. If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you may have filing obligations and should seek...more

Q&A With Bilzin Sumberg's Richard Goldstein

Richard M. Goldstein is chairman of the tax and wealth preservation group in Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod's Miami office and represents numerous family businesses, U.S. residents and nonresident aliens, multinational...more

Americans Living Abroad Feel Impact of FATCA

According to some international financial experts, recently implemented American tax rates and policies may cause more Americans living abroad to renounce their U.S. citizenship. A recent conference in Israel on the subject...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2013: Recent Developments in the Hong Kong Funds Industry

The Hong Kong Government has been keen to demonstrate its willingness to evolve and focus its efforts on the overall growth of the Hong Kong financial services industry. Recent proposals to make fund-friendly changes to Hong...more

Projected 2014 Inflation-Adjusted Figures

The IRS will issue inflation-adjusted transfer tax and foreign reporting items for 2014 based on fiscal year 2013 inflation, but it hasn’t done so yet. Thomason Reuters does its own computations of what it estimates will be...more

Foreign Investors In REITs: Opportunities Under FIRPTA Reform Proposals

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have long been a tax-efficient vehicle for foreign persons seeking to invest in U.S. real estate. Now, two legislative proposals titled the Real Estate Investment and Jobs Act of 20131...more

Fiduciary Liability and Offshore Assets

Fiduciaries, like trustees and conservators, may face personal liability for wrongful acts in administering estates. Among the liabilities that a fiduciary may face is to the IRS for wrongful distributions such as those made...more

Estate of Turco: Is There Clawback For Insufficient Estate Tax Funds?

Estate of Turco: Is There Clawback For Insufficient Estate Tax Funds? by James F. McDonough, Jr. on August 15, 2013 The lack of liquidity is a serious problem in the administration of an Estate, especially for a...more

So, You inherited an unreported offshore account, now what!

There may have been a time when inheriting an unreported offshore financial account was not problematic; but not today. The executor/trustee of the estate of the decedent has fiduciary responsibility to IRS and faces personal...more

Six U.S. States Involved in Norwegian Tax Evasion Case

Six U.S. States Involved in Norwegian Tax Evasion Case by Frank L. Brunetti on August 12, 2013 In another example of international cooperation to quell Norwegian tax evasion, a quiet investigation is expected to reveal...more

CFTC Issues Final Guidance and Accompanying Exemptive Order on Cross-Border Application of Certain Swap Regulations

At a public meeting on July 12, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) adopted final guidance on how Dodd-Frank Act requirements will apply to cross-border swap activities (Guidance). In...more

Planning for Carried Interests & Avoiding Section 2701

Alternative investments in private equity and hedge funds have gained in popularity over the last two decades and have become a regular allocation of many investment portfolios....more

Friends and Relatives in Foreign Countries? They Can Still Be Part of Your Estate Plan.

The world continues to shrink as advances in technology fuel faster communication and travel to the far reaches of the globe. As a result, people are on the move now more than ever before. No longer is a move from San...more

Tax Technical Bill Receives Royal Assent

The most significant Canadian tax technical bill in over a decade (Bill C-48) is now law, receiving royal assent on June 26, 2013. The bill included over 900 pages of technical amendments that impact foreign affiliates,...more

I Want to "Leave" in America - Puerto Rican Residency as an Alternative to Expatriation

Overview - One of the things that generates political fireworks each year is the number and names of famous Americans renouncing their U.S. citizenship. The number is 2012 was about 1800. Regardless of whether you are...more

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