How to Manage Offshore Foundation Using Letters of Wishes?

Offshore Foundation Using Letters of Wishes

Offshore trusts and the offshore foundations are quite similar since each one is:

  1. Set up by one person(in case of a Foundation, a "Founder," in case of a Trust a "Settlor")
  2. Managed by a second person(in case of a Foundation, a "Councillor," in case of a Trust a "Trustee")
  3. for the benefit of the third group of persons(the beneficiaries).

It is normal at times a foundation is built up, and at particular key crossroads(see below), for the Founder of the foundation to give the councilors with a Letter of Wishes concerning the organization of the foundation.

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Letter of Wishes: An Overview

You can set out how you might want things to occur after your demise in your will. However, you might be happy to surrender it over to your executors to settle on official conclusions.

Your executors are those liable for managing your estate once you die, as named by you in your will. On the off chance that you would desire to surrender a few choices over to your executors and trustees, you should seriously think about composing a letter of wishes.

This letter routed to your executors and trustees, would incorporate a portrayal of what you would like to occur, and show that you are willing to surrender it over to them to decide how best to accomplish this, given the necessary conditions at that point. Your executors and trustees are not lawfully bound to follow your wishes.

Yet, almost certainly, they will do as such, particularly in the event that you have taken care to appoint suitable individuals. A Letter of Wishes is an essential document, specifically in the case of a Discretionary Foundation.

[Read: Differences Between an Offshore Trust and Foundation.]

Points to Be Considered When Finalizing Letters of Wishes

The points mentioned below should be considered when completing Letters of Wishes:

  • Rather than a Will, the Foundation Councilor/s typically have discretion regarding who will profit by the foundation. The Councilors will require direction in this regard.
  • Although a composed Letter of Wishes isn't official upon the Councilor/s, they would be required to give careful thought to the wishes of the Founder. As an issue of Law, if a request, as set out in a Letter of Wishes, is in the best of the beneficiary/ies, the Councilor/s should follow up on the said Letter of Wishes.
  • The Founder ought to remind the Councilor/s regarding the explanations behind setting up the offshore foundation and generally who is to profit. Often at the beginning of the foundation, it will be the necessities of the Founder that will be vital, and such wishes ought to be communicated, including an announcement concerning whether assets owned are to be considered when the Councilors are thinking about "needs."
  • On the demise of the Founder, notice ought to be made of who then is the one to profit. In the event that kids are to have priority, is uniformity to be maintained, or is an acknowledgment to be given to a person's unique conditions and needs?
  • Is education to be a priority for the youngsters? Also, assuming this is the case, what kind of knowledge might the Founder want to see preferred? For instance, private instead of public, the choice of tertiary and post-tertiary education, and at what kind of institutes? Is assistance to be given to kids to empower them to purchase or construct homes or offer help in professions or business exercises?
  • When should the Founder be offering thought to partial or total distribution to the beneficiaries, and is the resettlement of a kid's notional portion of the Foundation estate on to another Foundation to support that kid and their direct lineal relatives allowed or suitable?
  • In carrying out any of the Founder's wishes concerning the kids, are the Councilors to confer with a specific child to learn that child's wishes?
  • On account of incapacity or death of a child, are the necessities of that kid's kids to be considered?
  • Are there explicit conditions relating to a beneficiary, for example, drug or gambling addiction that should be remembered for the Letter of Wishes?
  • Has the Founder a specific consideration with regards to the need to keep the Letter of Wishes, or any aspect of the Letter of Wishes, confidential?

It ought to be noticed that a Letter of Wishes is a document of a confidential variety (which in the correct setup should likewise be ensured by legal professional privilege) and, in this manner, not capable of the disclosure.

A Letter of Wishes should not only be set up at the outset. Still, it should be reviewed and updated consistently if there is any adjustment in the conditions of any of the beneficiaries of the foundation.

At the point when a specific beneficiary/s needs financial help, it is additionally accurate that a Letter of Wishes be given at the time to the Councilors putting the case for why a Distribution ought to be paid to that individual or people.

[Read: Asset Protection Trust Planning-Offshore Trust Strategies.]


So, in this blog, you learned how to manage an offshore foundation using letters of wishes.

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