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January 23, 2011

US Estate Planning For Expatriates Around the World

You cannot ignore estate planning if you wish your US and worldwide assets passing to the heirs you desire. You also need to take the necessary steps to keep the costs and taxes at a minimum.  If you are an expat, that means you have to put the necessary documents in place in the country in which you reside and in the USA.  That also means you must coordinate the laws of two countries.

The US imposes its estate and gift taxes on your no matter where you live in the world and no matter where your assets are located in the world.

The US side involves Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorneys and Health Care Directives.  It may also involve a program of gifting in order to keep the taxes down.  If you do it right, you can save tens of thousands of dollars in probate fees,and often a lot more in estate taxes.  We have been doing estate planning for over 30 years.  Read more and download your estate planning questionnaire.  After you fill it out, send it to us and we can help you implement a plan that achieves your personal wishes.

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