FAQs about Japanese Inheritance System for US estate planners. 13 September 2023

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STEP Mid-Atlantic
Event Type
Web Event

Featured Presenter:

Hitomi Sakai, Partner, City-Yuwa Partners, Tokyo, Japan


Alan Winston Granwell, Of Counsel, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC

Program Description:

Ms. Sakai will address the following items:

  • Is a Japanese will necessary if the US client has assets in Japan?
  • Should a US citizen living in the US (US client) with real estate in Japan establish a trust and transfer the property into the trust?
  • What happens if a US client having only a US will owns property in Japan?
  • What if a US client having assets in Japan passes away without a will?
  • What are the forced heirship issues in Japan?
  • What if a US client leaves property to a minor living in Japan? (Particularly if such minor is under the custody of a divorced spouse who cannot be trusted)?
  • What are the Japanese inheritance tax rules – A Summary?
  • What is the role of a tax accountant in Japan?
  • Can an estate planning lawyer in Japan handle Japanese inheritance tax matters?
  • Does Japan have a trust system?
  • Are US trusts recognized in Japan?
  • What are the differences between the US and Japanese approaches to donations and charities?
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11:00 - 12:00 (EST)
Alan Granwell
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