Group Trusts – Special Planning Technique Examined

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A group trust is a trust settled (created) by four or more individuals (for this purpose, a married couple counts as one individual). This technique was developed by Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen, P.A. in 2004 in response to a common problem faced by clients: often a client expressed concern not only about his/her own financial well-being, but also about others participating with the client in a business venture or other common pursuit.

Entity Trusts: Special Planning Technique Examined

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An entity trust is a trust settled (created) by an entity, such as a corporation, limited liability company, trust, or partnership. An entity trust might also be settled by an appropriate group of entities, such as a related or commonly owned group of corporations, limited liability companies, trusts, or partnerships.

Saving Estate Taxes in the U.S. Through Offshore Trusts

Usually articles and studies concerning offshore trusts have focused on their use for asset protection. However another, very important, use of a certain type of offshore trust, is to effect estate tax savings. This can be accomplished by ‘freezing’ the value of trust assets vis-a-vis the settlor’s estate at current values. Result? Any future growth in asset values will escape US federal estate taxation, thus increasing the amounts received by children and other beneficiaries. A variation of this technique can also be used for non-resident aliens owning US real estate, or those wishing to immigrate to the United States, to practically eliminate any US estate tax on death.