Form a Trust to Protect Your Assets

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 09/12/2013

Individuals who wish to take part in offshore investments have many options to protect their assets. However, asset protection trusts are particularly suited to serve the needs of international investors due to their favorable terms.

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Trusts are a Useful Tool for Investors

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 09/10/2013

An asset protection attorney can provide you with valuable information and guidance, especially if you’re an individual concerned about asset protection and might consider using a trust or international trust. Using a trust is one of the most effective asset protection strategies for preserving wealth. Trusts can be used as part of an investment strategy or an estate plan. Trusts can also help protect minors or special needs children after a parent or legal guardian passes on.

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How to Use the Five-Flag Strategy to Diversify Your Offshore Investments

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 08/20/2013

Planting flags in different countries for a person's residency, citizenship, banking assets, asset protection and business can help the person diversify his or her portfolio. Some of the flags interrelate while others work independently. Living in a country, having citizenship in a different country, putting banking assets in the bank of another country, using a fourth country for protecting a person's assets and establishing a business in a fifth country can help create diversity. Nagel Law helps individuals with establishing these five flags.

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Why Investing in Brazil Now is a Smart Choice for Your Future - Part 2

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 08/15/2013

Looking at Brazil as a viable country to open foreign investments may be a smart move for some individuals. Finding a trusted investment firm can help people to feel more secure in their investments before proceeding. The Internet is a great way to find reputable companies by way of their websites, and companies will usually send additional information upon request. Liquidinvestments.com offers material such as brochures and reports, and they make it their policy to consistently provide a low-pressure environment to their clients. That way, investors will feel comfortable with their chosen firm and are more apt to do the proper research prior to investing.

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Why Investing in Brazil Now is a Smart Choice for Your Future - Part 1

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 08/13/2013

Investors looking to expand their foreign portfolios may wish to explore some of the benefits that investing in Brazil has to offer. The first step in opening overseas investments is getting to know the market where you plan to invest. The next step is finding trusted and reputable people in the area with whom to work. Then, it is important to look at the products offered in a given area. The country has coconut plantations and neem trees that are ripe for long-term investments to provide growth for generations to come.

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How the End of the Bush Era Tax Cuts Affects the Funding of Offshore Trusts

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 07/18/2013

During George W. Bush's presidency, several important tax cuts and rules were made regarding estate taxes. In particular, it was established that an individual could give away slightly more than $5 million without being assessed estate or gift taxes.

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What Types of Businesses Lend Themselves to Going Offshore?

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 07/11/2013

Some offshore businesses lend themselves to going offshore. In particular, foreign trust entities and real estate companies can work well in this capacity, due to the more passive nature involved in trusts as well as the ability to get capital gains between the time of investment and return. Tax implications can arise if there is a certain nexus between the business and the United States. By managing, operating and making decisions in the offshore location, this nexus may be broken in order to avoid having to file a United States tax return.

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Why Some Foreign Jurisdictions Are More Popular for Foreign Trusts

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 07/09/2013

No two jurisdictions are the same when it comes to creating foreign trusts. Different conditions in each jurisdiction can work for or against trust investors who want to expand their portfolios outside their home countries. The reasons for these variances are many, so there are not predefined rules for determining whether a jurisdiction will be favorable. Each jurisdiction must be examined individually. To learn more about the factors that matter to investors, continue reading to learn more about differences between potential investment locations.

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The Various Parties of the Trust: Who’s Involved and What Each Party Does

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 07/04/2013

Investors may use foreign trusts as an asset protection strategy. Trusts can be complex investment vehicles, but knowing the parties that comprise a trust can help alleviate investors' unease about using foreign trusts. The res is the object of the fiduciary relationship. It may consist of foreign real estate, liquid assets or other investments. The beneficiary receives income or items that are held in the trust. The trust is established for the benefit of this beneficiary. The beneficiary may be one person or a multiple of individuals. Trust lawyers can work with settlors to determine beneficiaries and the appropriate way to structure the trust so that these beneficiaries can be served.

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How the IRS Treats Foreign Accounts

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 07/02/2013

U.S. residents or citizens frequently open foreign trusts to protect their assets. Some may worry that the IRS will audit or penalize them for having foreign accounts. However, as long as the taxpayer files the appropriate forms to report the foreign bank account or trust, it is unlikely that the IRS will take notice. The IRS’ primary concern is that property acquired by U.S. citizens or residents, wherever the property is located, is reported so that the appropriate taxes may be paid. Most people that follow the rules when creating their foreign accounts do not face any negative consequences.

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Establishing Offshore Trusts to Protect Your Assets

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 06/27/2013

Offshore trusts allow investors to place money outside their gross estate. This strategy may help their beneficiaries avoid having assets used to pay estate taxes if the amount of assets exceeds a certain value. Some investors are not comfortable with foreign investments, but they can take a number of steps to establish safeguards to protect their investments. One safeguard that they can create is retaining some control over the trust instrument by establishing provisions in the trust that allow this. They can also visit the site of the trust company and diversify their assets to protect their financial interests in the process.

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When Should You Consider Using an Offshore Account?

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 06/25/2013

Investors may ask how many assets they should have when they are considering adding offshore accounts to their investment portfolio. The actual number of assets that an investor should have can vary depending on the circumstances. However, about $3 million in assets is usually required to make offshore structures worthwhile due to the costs and fees that are related to the establishment of these types of accounts. Additionally, individuals who have more than $5 million in assets should strongly consider using an offshore account to protect their assets from being subject to estate tax.

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How Trust Law Formed Common Law

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 06/20/2013

Trust law began to form with the inclusion of crusaders. It is based off of the idea that individuals can put their assets in the safekeeping of another person. While the origins were based on knights who wanted to protect their assets when they went off to battle, credit also formed in this manner when knights were in other countries, and they had depository receipts that showed that they had their property being safely held for them in a different country. Foundations are a more recent form of trust, but they do have some differences.

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Understanding How the TDF Relates to Your Offshore Money

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 06/18/2013

Forms like the TDF90, colloquially known as the F-BAR, can be confusing for taxpayers. The fact that these forms require duplicate information that was already reported on the regular tax return makes them even more confounding. It's important not to neglect either one, however, because they're both needed in order for the IRS not to initiate audits. These forms have similar requirements about what must be reported, but the TDF is more detailed. The TDF deadline does not come until June, but there are no extensions, so learn more about it before you need to have it submitted.

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What are the Immediate Benefits to Opening a Bank Account Outside the U.S.?

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 06/13/2013

Deciding how to protect assets can be a complicated decision. On one hand, a person must assess his or her own comfort level regarding risk. On the other hand, a person may not be familiar with all of the various types of protection strategies. For example, one strategy that may not be part of a traditional portfolio is having a foreign bank account. Having a bank account in another country offers many benefits and can be a profitable investment.

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How to Strategize Before Moving IRAs and Portfolios Offshore

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 06/04/2013

Investing in a foreign financial account or moving your IRA overseas may be a better way to protect your assets. With declining pensions and social security benefits, many people will rely largely on IRAs and similar asset reserves.

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Becoming IRS Compliant through Amnesty Programs

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 05/30/2013

IRS Compliance is easier to maintain with the recent introduction of various Amnesty Programs. These programs allow taxpayers to come clean about their holdings and thus halt the accumulation of penalties or interest on the money they owe. The fact that it's up to taxpayers to join such programs and report their incomes of their own volition ensures that the IRS will look on them more favorably than they would if their assets were discovered through an audit. Learn more about how to get caught up on what you owe and the benefits of doing so.

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New Form 8938 Rules and Foreign Financial Accounts

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 05/28/2013

Foreign financial accounts are now subject to more tax reporting rules than before. The new Form 8938 establishes new limits for individuals and married couples who must report their foreign held assets, and it also asks them to report a wider range of asset types as well.

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Creating Tax Compliant Overseas Trusts and Corporations

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 05/23/2013

Offshore trusts and corporations are popular means of asset protection. It's important, however, to maintain tax compliance by managing these structures appropriately. Even though they help lower tax obligations, they must be reported correctly, and some structures do a better job of protecting certain types of assets and dealing with specific situations.

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What a Dynasty Trust Entails for Asset Protection

Posted by: Joel M. Nagel   Posted Date: 05/21/2013

Individuals who have larger amounts of assets to protect are often concerned with preserving funds for their children and future generations. Several investment options are employable for this goal. One particular type of investment for an individual to consider is a Dynasty Trust. This type of investment tool is designed to protect and preserve wealth for a person's progeny.

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