IS A LAWYER NEEDED TO ADMINISTER A REVOCABLE TRUST AFTER DEATH?

A revocable trust (sometimes known as a “living trust”) is a will substitute that avoids probate at death. Thus, a lawyer is not needed to prepare and file probate documents with a court. Do you need a lawyer for anything else? Usually the answer is “yes,” at least on an as needed basis. Continue reading

OFFSHORE VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE PROGRAM “GOTCHAS” FOR US RESIDENTS

If you are a US resident with foreign bank accounts and foreign rental property, there is a hidden twist that may radically increase FBAR penalties. This problem usually arises when an individual inherits a foreign account and foreign rental property, or owns these items prior to moving to the US. Continue reading

ACCIDENTAL US CITIZENS

Children born outside of the US who have at least one US citizen parent may be surprised to learn that they are US citzens — and have always been required to file US tax returns, FBAR forms and Form 8938. (They may qualify for FBAR penalty relief under the procedures outlined in IRS release IR-2012-65.) Continue reading