International Estate Planning

As the world has gotten smaller, the need for competent international estate planning has increased significantly as family members move overseas for various reasons and assets are located in multiple countries.  Cross-border estate planning demands the assistance of attorneys who recognize how national and international laws, tax regimes and estate planning come together for global individuals.

The attorneys at NorthStar Law Group, P.S. understand this need as our families are abroad as well.  So, we have the experience necessary to draft estate plans for U.S. citizens living overseas and foreign nationals with ties to the United States to ensure that assets pass successfully from one generation to the next.  We have worked with clients to plan for the disposition of real estate located in Eastern Europe after death and set up legal entities for foreign nationals to hold property in the U.S. for estate planning and investment opportunities.  And, our attorneys have assisted clients with non-U.S. citizen spouses in designing comprehensive strategies to avoid adverse tax consequences at death.

Here are some of the international estate planning methods we provide:

  • Utilizing limited liability companies (LLCs) to hold domestic real estate for foreigners
  • Preparing Wills and Revocable Living Trusts to ensure assets pass in accordance with national succession laws
  • Drafting Qualified Domestic Trusts (QDOTs) for the benefit of the surviving non-U.S. citizen spouse after the death of the U.S. citizen spouse
  • Structuring complex estate plans for asset protection, legitimate reduction of U.S. transfer taxes and international business succession planning