Protection, Panama Offshore Banking and Panama Foundations
As governments in the United States and other
countries encroach more and more on the privacy of their citizens,
people search to find privacy and security for their property, possessions
and corporate information. While asset protection has become a hot
topic in both corporate and private sectors, the judicial system
(particularly in the US) has systematically weakened the trust structure.
While this weakening has negatively impacted trusts in the US, offshore
trusts have become better options; the best country for offshore
asset protection is Panama.
Panama implemented laws in 1995 to create the
Panamanian Foundation. While this is a fairly new structure, it
was patterned after the Foundation structure of Liechtenstein, which
has successfully existed for quite some time and has been a valuable
asset protection vehicle. In fact for those who are offshore, Panamanian
Foundation has several advantages over its Liechtenstein predecessor;
it is much cheaper to establish a Panama Foundation (from as little
as $1,000 for Panama as opposed to $10,000 or more for Liechtenstein),
it is cheaper to maintain a Panama Foundation and it offers more
flexibility while protecting the assets of the holder.
To understand the idea and benefits of the
foundation structure, it is important to first understand the difference
between a trust and a corporation. Most people create corporations
as a vehicle to reduce tax liabilities and protect their assets
from lawsuits or claims against their estate. The corporate entity
is used worldwide to protect its assets and liabilities separate
from the personal wealth of the owner. The key point is that the
corporation’s assets and liabilities of are separate and distinct
from those of the shareholders. Conversely, trusts are typical in
common law countries and used as a haven in estate planning. The
common interpretation of trusts is that they are actually, in the
eyes of the court, unique individuals and have rights under the
law. Because of the legal interpretation of trusts, they offer little
protection for those who hold them.
It is also important to something else; English
speaking countries typically use Common law and many non-English
speaking countries traditionally use Civil Law. The Panamanian Foundation
structure offers some of the best benefits of both the trust structure
and offshore corporation in one; in addition, since Panama is a
Civil Law country, it is believed by many to be a better choice
for those people who reside in countries that are under the jurisdiction
of Common Law. (Such as the US) Because of these benefits, an offshore
Panamanian Foundation can be an excellent means of asset protection
for many Americans.
This is precisely why more people are seeking
asset protection, both personally and corporately, in the offshore
Panamanian Foundation. Panama has become the second largest banking
center in the world (behind Switzerland) and possesses perhaps the
best secrecy laws. In Panama, it is possible both for a person to
privately protect his assets without anyone knowing the owner and
for a corporation to hold and protect the assets of an individual
without anyone being able to ascertain their identities. This high
level of asset protection makes offshore Panamanian Foundations
very attractive to people in common law countries.
For our legal fees for forming a Panama corporation or Panama foundation
please click the link below, or contact
us for more information.