Offshore Estate Planning
Have foreign assets? Thinking of investing abroad? Bad things can happen when you are no longer around.
OFFSHORE ESTATE PLANNING
If you have assets outside Malaysia, you should seriously consider setting up estate planning instruments to deal with those assets. This is due to the different inheritance laws in different countries.
For example, a Malaysian who owns foreign assets has done his local Will but has yet to set up any estate planning instrument outside Malaysia. Upon his demise, if nothing is done, his foreign assets may be distributed in accordance with the laws there. The entire estate administration process may even take twice the time it may require if there is a separate instrument set up in that particular foreign country.
Your offshore assets may be exposed to inheritance/ wealth/ capital gains tax upon your absence. The tax rate can be as high as 50% in some countries. In other words, if you leave behind US$1 million for your beneficiaries, they may only receive half of that at the end of the day. The worst part is the law changes every now and then.