Trusts and foundations
Trusts and foundations are useful ways to hold and protect your wealth, especially when you have family members and assets located in different countries.
We establish trusts and family foundations in more than 100 jurisdictions around the world. We also have expertise in using trusts in relation to Sharia law and other legal regimes that restrict the manner in which assets can be disposed.
If this is something that you would like to consider, our lawyers will listen carefully to your needs and help identify different alternatives for you. A trust or foundation might be most suitable if you wish to ensure that while your children can enjoy their inheritance, the assets are not split between the different family branches.
We frequently consult with our award-winning trust disputes team, who can help to protect you at an early stage against future problems and ‘stress-test’ the proposed new structure so that it is as robust as possible from the outset. We can also stay on top of developments regarding your family situation and the law, ensuring that your trust is still a suitable vehicle for investment.
One international family for whom we act set up a trust some years ago in the Channel Islands to manage their assets. A young family member attended an American university and decided to stay in the US, where he was subject to US income tax. This made the offshore tax structure inefficient from a tax standpoint, however fortunately the family, with whom we have a long working relationship, came to us at an early stage and we were able to restructure their investments in a more efficient manner.
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