STEP Journal: July 2012

Sunday, 01 July 2012

A case study highlighting the importance of inheritance tax planning.
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Beware the bearer bond and the non-specific power of attorney...
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An attempt to define analogous institutions in the EU.
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A demand for more consistency and honesty from tax policy.
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Martina Moscardi discusses the use of trusts in Italy, and especially since the enforcement of the Hague Convention on the law applicable to trusts and their recognition in 1992.
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The key challenges faced by family businesses and some guiding principles that can help them improve the odds of longevity.
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There are many answers, and every family has their own issues to deal with. Håkan Hillerström looks at some of the most common ones.
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A consideration of trends in the South-East Asia trusts market.
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A summary of recent research into Asia's high-net-worth individuals.
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An examination of the increasing role of the trust lawyer in IPO transactions, particularly in Asia, and how a properly structured trust can give comfort to all involved.
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Previewing the 2012 STEP Asia conference, Hong Kong.
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An explanation of the use of New Zealand look-through companies as a vehicle for international tax planning and investment structuring.
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Our authors outline the benefits of the New Zealand foreign trust regime.
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The uniform succession laws project - 20 years on and still a long way from being uniform.
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The impact of capital gains tax on deceased estates in Australia.
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In his address at the inaugural STEP function in Tasmania, the Honourable Justice Tom Gray considered the legal principles regarding copy wills.
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An overview of the Civil Partnerships Act 2011 and its implications for succession lawyers in Queensland.
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Some of the recent developments regarding UK taxation of sportspeople and possible planning opportunities in this area.
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In After the events, Ben Brice explores the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics in light of the longer-term impact that the Games were intended to have in London and around the UK.
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A look at the case of Barrett v Bem, examining the legal formalities of execution of a will where the testator-directs someone to sign on their behalf.
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A discussion of a case that saw inheritance tax relief achieved on a furnished holiday let.
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The STEP UK Practice Committee offers guidance on the valuation of UK residential property for probate purposes.
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A review of Andrew Holden's book, 'Trust Protectors'.
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Recent changes to the Israeli voluntary disclosure programme.
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A report on new details that have emerged on the 2012 IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program.
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