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A home in the US

Lee, a retired company chairman and resident of Singapore, wants to spend more time visiting his daughter and her family, who recently moved to Marin County, California.

Based on his wishes, Lee’s Singapore banker works with a colleague in San Francisco to establish US accounts for him and his wife.

His new San Francisco banker connects Lee with a local real-estate colleague, who assists in the sourcing and financing of a Marin County home.

After discussions with our wealth planners and his other advisors, he sets up a new tax-efficient company structure to hold his new home within his existing offshore trust.

Lee also sets up a US Dynasty Trust for his California-resident daughter to create tax efficiencies and simplify the US tax treatment for his daughter’s inheritance.


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