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It’s A Small World After All

Our increasingly mobile society has forced estate planning to go international, too. You might have international estate issues: ? You have dual citizenship (US and another country) ? You are a non-U.S....more

How Does The Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision Impact Employers?

The U. S. Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had established a federal definition of marriage as a legal union only between one man and one woman....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

Soy Boricua - Rethinking Inbound Tax Planning for Wealthy Latin American Moving to the U.S.

Overview - In case you did not know, Miami is the capital of Latin American. It is the port of entry for Latin Americans from Central and South America. Historically, wealthy Mexicans have liked California and Texas...more

I Want to Live in America!- Part I Tax Planning Considerations for Foreign Scientists and Engineers

Overview - As discussions regarding immigration reform continue to unfold, one point that is not under discussion or subject to debate is the contribution of foreign scientists and engineers to the New Economy. The statistics...more

Staying clear of the IRS - Tips for estate planning and tax law compliance in a global economy

Originally published in Insights Legal Affairs. Do you own a vacation home in Mexico? Have a bank account in Hong Kong? Has your spouse retained Canadian citizenship? Are you a long-term U.S. resident who was born in the...more

Damon Key Legal Alert (Spring/Summer 2012) - Legal newsletter with articles on Foreign Accounts and the 2012 Offshore Voluntary...

Legal newsletter with articles on Foreign Accounts and the 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, Bankruptcy law, the new I-9 Form in Immigration law, and an update on the law of Hawaii vacation rentals. ...more

Expatriation! Why and Why Not!!!

The headline news that a co-founder of Facebook has given up his U.S. citizenship to avoid income and estate tax may trigger a lot of interest in expatriation. Some people will read the news of the expatriation of Mr. Sevarin...more

Temporary Visa Did Not Bar Homestead Status [Florida]

Favio came to the U.S. in 2005 after a kidnapping attempt against his son in Venezuela. He rented an apartment, and lived there with his son (a U.S. citizen), and his wife. He then purchased an apartment in 2006 and lived...more

Russian Legal Update - June 2011

In This Issue: Russia Acts Quickly to Restore the Right for Employers to Register Foreign Nationals: the Visa Regime for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals is Fleshed Out - p1 Mediation Framework Adopted in Russia -...more

Estate Tax for Mexican Nationals Buying U.S. Homes

Article is brief summation of problem that many new Mexican homebuyers have but little or few understand: the estate tax exemption is $5 Million for citizens, but only $60,000 for non-resident aliens. Consequently, many...more

Legal Beagle Newsletter April 2011 Edition

What's going on in your neighborhood? Find out! Read our April Edition of the Legal Beagle to get, "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" of our local towns and riveting national news....more

The Strong Firm - Strong Points Newsletter

In this edition: Latest News: The latest in activities of the firm in the news and our community. Commercial Development Remains Strong in the Woodlands: The Woodlands area continues to defy the odds as commercial...more

Is It True No Federal Estate Taxes in 2010?

MISSSION STATEMENT My mission is to be my client’s essential and trusted advisor , helping them make smart estate planning decisions through uncompromising integrity, trust and personal service” Comprehensive...more

Three Reasons International Families Should Consider Qualified Domestic Trusts

What kind estate planning is advisable for individuals with a non US citizen spouse? In most cases, a decedent’s estate may be transferred to a US citizen spouse without any estate tax, thanks to a high exclusion amount for...more

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