Estate Planning for Non-U.S. Citizens

DC Attorneys Experienced in Estate Planning for Non-U.S. Citizens


Estate Planning for Non-U.S. Citizens

Each year, thousands of individuals, diplomats and business professionals come to Washington, D.C. for either short­t-erm assignments, as long term residents, or as part of a plan to one day become a U.S. citizen. Through the spread of globalization our world has become more interconnected than ever. Whether these individuals came here in search of a better life, to advance their careers or to get married or raise a family, increasingly individuals have assets within and outside of the United State. When these individuals decide to move here from a foreign county, their legal and financial obligations, especially with respect to estate planning, can become more complex depending on the location of their assets.

Different rules regarding citizenship, residency requirements, property rights and taxes may apply and may make estate planning more complicated for non-us citizens.

Antonoplos & Associates team of estate planning attorneys work with our non-us citizen clients to design estate plans that reflect our clients, cultural and moral values, while striving to provide certainty over how their estate will be administered and distributed. We are dedicated to representing the estate planning interests of non-us citizen client in estate planning and estate administration.

Our estate planning attorneys assist Non-U.S. citizens with:

  • Simple Wills & Complex Wills
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Qualified Domestic Trusts (QDOT)
  • Comprehensive Estate Planning for our clients assets worldwide through the use of trusts, foundations, corporations, and other U.S. and foreign entities;
  • Providing guidance regarding QDOT Selections and the selection of other fiduciaries
  • Advising non-­US citizens on long­term planning and asset protection while domicile in the United States

We are accomplished at designing estate plans involving:

  • Trusts for Estates Not Subject to Federal Estate Tax
  • Comprehensive Estate Plans to Avoid State and Federal Estate Tax
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILIT’s)
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRT’s)
  • Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRAT’s)
  • Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts (IDGT’s)
  • Dynasty Trusts and Family Trusts
  • Credit Shelter Trusts
  • Disclaimer Trusts and A­B Revocable Trusts
  • Advanced Directives (including):
    • Limited Powers of Attorney
    • Durable General Powers of Attorney
    • Healthcare Power of Attorney
    • Living Wills
    • HIPAA Waivers
    • Medical Visitation Instructions
    • Final Disposition Instructions