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Cross-Border estate planning via an Israeli Trust/Hekdesh
Alon Kaplan and Lyat Eyal
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In Israel, local laws and governmental agencies regulate estate and inheritance matters. Consequently, in order to distribute estate assets, a petition for an inheritance or probate order must be filed locally. Such filings may be avoided by the establishment of a trust during one’s lifetime. By transferring assets to a trust/Hekdesh, they no longer form part of the individual’s estate upon death, and no court orders are then required to transfer the assets to the heirs. Since a trust is not a separate legal entity, a trustee may establish an Israeli underlying company to hold the assets for the trust.