Offshore Trusts and Foundations

Foundations and trusts are a secure form of asset ownership. Nonetheless they are misunderstood and some clients are frightened by the fact that property is "transferred" to third parties.

What is the main difference between trusts and foundations? When comparing offshore trusts vs. foundations we first should point out that a Trust is a private contract, while a Foundation is a legal entity of its own.

Simply put, trusts allow you to separate legal ownership (the name on the certificate) from beneficial ownership (the right to enjoy the asset) in such a way that the rights of all parties are protected. The law recognises both forms of ownership.

And how about the benefits of an offshore foundation? Incorporation of a company gives legal personality to a group of people. Incorporation of a Foundation, on the other hand, gives legal personality to certain assets - meaning the assets in question have no owners, only managers. The assets become a legal entity in their own right.

At the same time, trusts and foundations solve a wide range of issues, and the first of them is asset protection. In the case of a correct and timely transfer of property to a trust (fund), it ceases to belong to the person donating it. In this case, it is impossible to take it away even through the courts.

Trusts and foundations are commonly used for inheritance transfer, property structuring, investment, and philanthropy. They are used by the biggest family offices. In today's world, it is reasonable to use both options and even a hybrid trust and foundation structure using offshore companies or LLCs. The Nevis Multi-Form Foundation is an example of such a hybrid structure, and is very popular with knowledgeable lawyers.

InternationalWealth experts can help register funds and trusts based on your goals and objectives around the world. Sign up for a free initial consultation to find out more: info@offshore-pro.info.

In this section, you will learn about the peculiarities of trusts and foundations in different countries, and how to use trusts and foundations for different purposes. At the end of the page you will find the materials most demanded by readers.

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Who Is the Owner of the Assets Kept in Trust?

Who Is the Owner of the Assets Kept in Trust?


When a trust is created, the Trustor transfers his/ her property rights to the Trustee who manages the assets kept in trust for the benefit of the trust Beneficiaries. If the trust is revocable, the Trustor remains the owner of the assets kept in trust. When the trust is irrevocable, the Trustee is considered the legal owner of the assets.

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What Types of Assets Can You Put in Trust?

What Types of Assets Can You Put in Trust?


Setting up a trust is reasonable in a number of cases. First and foremost, trusts are used for asset protection and inheritance planning. Various types of assets can be put in trust but not all types. For example, most types of bank accounts can be put in trust but an Individual Retirement Account or a Medical Savings Account cannot.

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Types of Trusts for Asset Protection and Estate Planning

Types of Trusts for Asset Protection and Estate Planning


Those planning to set up a trust, have a wide choice of trust types. Each type of trust can be used for a particular purpose. Bare trusts, for instance, are good for inheritance planning. Accumulation trusts are often used by people planning to retire soon. An irrevocable offshore trust will serve asset protection purposes in the most efficient manner.

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What Benefits and Risks Are Associated with Setting Up an Offshore Trust?

What Benefits and Risks Are Associated with Setting Up an Offshore Trust?


People set up trusts for various purposes, asset protection and inheritance planning probably being the most popular ones. Some choose to create trusts in foreign countries rather than at home hoping to enhance the protection of their property even further. However, depending on the country, there can be some restrictions in place that can affect the efficiency of your foreign trust.

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Offshore Trust: Why You Should Create One and How You Can Do It

Offshore Trust: Why You Should Create One and How You Can Do It


When you create a trust, you legally surrender the property that you own to the trust. Because you are not the owner of the property any longer, there can be no legal grounds to take it away from you. At the same time, the Trust Deed specifies all the conditions on which the entrusted property shall be managed and you can continue to benefit from the property enjoying the high level of protection that the trust brings.

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Reasons to Consider Setting up an Offshore Trust

Reasons to Consider Setting up an Offshore Trust


Creating trust can help you manage your family assets and protect them from unfavorable economic and political events. A trust can also shield your assets from creditors and overspending relatives. A trust can make the property ownership information confidential. There are many more benefits that a trust can bring.

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Should You Make a Will or Create an Inheritance Trust to Hand Down Property to Your Heirs?

Should You Make a Will or Create an Inheritance Trust to Hand Down Property to Your Heirs?


If you want your spouse, children, or other relatives and friends to inherit your property after your death, you can make a Last Will and this is the simplest method of handing down property to heirs. It has some drawbacks, however, the inheritance tax and the probate being the most important ones. Creating an inheritance trust instead of making a will can solve both of these problems and bring some other benefits.

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What Is the Best Offshore Trust Jurisdiction?

What Is the Best Offshore Trust Jurisdiction?


When you put your capital or property in a trust, you cease to be the legal owner of the capital/ property. However, if you are the trust beneficiary, the capital/ property remain at your disposal. Thus, you can reap all the benefits that the property ownership can bring but at the same time, it cannot be taken away from you if your creditors file a lawsuit against you. They cannot take away something that you do not legally possess.

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Why Going Offshore with Your Foreign Trust to Protect Assets?

Why Going Offshore with Your Foreign Trust to Protect Assets?


Using foreign trusts to protect your assets and going offshore with your trust as an even more efficient asset protection strategy. Advantages offered by Nevis offshore trusts as compared to regular foreign trusts. Trust operation principles. Ordinary foreign trusts and their weak points. Offshore trust plus points. Terms set to incorporate an offshore trust in Nevis or the Cook Islands and protect your assets. International Wealth as the place to come to set up a foreign or an offshore trust.

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Can You Do Business Through An Offshore Trust?

Can You Do Business Through An Offshore Trust?


An offshore trading trust is a reliable tool for protecting your business assets from external attacks. Read our article on how to create a business trust and the benefits of such a structure.

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Offshore Trusts: Insider Secrets of Nevis and Cook Islands

Offshore Trusts: Insider Secrets of Nevis and Cook Islands


Trusts in brief. Advantages of trusts for offshore asset protection. Best jurisdictions to protect your assets by establishing offshore trusts: Cook Islands Asset Protection Trust and Nevis Offshore Trust. Useful tips for investors to successfully avoid any potential offshore trust pitfalls: asset types protected by trusts, offshore trusts and bankruptcy issues, contempt and intent, trustees, offshore trust bank accounts, and offshore trust taxation in the US.

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Tax-Exempt Nevis Trust: International Assets Protection on Steroids

Tax-Exempt Nevis Trust: International Assets Protection on Steroids


If you have assets, it is natural to think of their protection and look for ways to do it in the simplest yet reliable way. One of the instruments that allows protecting your assets in the most convenient way is a trust in Nevis. This is a structure that has its peculiarities and mandatory “players”, which is explained in our post. Nevis has a peculiar legal system that guarantees almost 100% protection from creditors or relatives who wish to seize your property. Read the article to find out how you will manage your assets and see our expert tips.

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Serbian Endowment: Your Reliable Instrument for Assets Protection

Serbian Endowment: Your Reliable Instrument for Assets Protection


The world’s focus on financial transparency makes it look for a balance between openness and confidentiality. Wealthy people naturally strive for more privacy, hence the search for reliable instruments that help to keep property confidential. One of such instruments that few people know about is a Serbian Endowment. This is an excellent European alternative to a trust (established within the Anglo-Saxon legal framework), but it has some differences. Read the article to find out its peculiarities and what help you may need to establish this truly efficient entity.

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Can you Become the Owner of a Private Interest Foundation in Panama?

Can you Become the Owner of a Private Interest Foundation in Panama?


Imagine that you have assets and can manage them freely, but nobody knows that they belong to you and no one can take them away. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? This is exactly what a Panama Foundation is about: a structure that has no entity owner but allows the owner of the assets to manage, distribute or invest them in any desired way. It cannot engage in business activities but you still have an opportunity to generate profits. If you need a perfect instrument to protect your assets in case of divorce, settle inheritance issues or save property from creditors, here it is.

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Top 16 Reasons to Choose a Trust in Nevis for Assets Protection

Top 16 Reasons to Choose a Trust in Nevis for Assets Protection


Nevis is a jurisdiction with wide opportunities for businesses, and trust registration in Nevis is probably one of the best decisions you can make. Your confidentiality will be preserved on the highest level possible. Creditors are highly unlikely to get to your assets due to peculiarities of the court system in Nevis. And you don’t pay any taxes as long as you remain a non-resident of Nevis. Read on to find even more beneficial features of the Nevis trust!

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