Fiduciary trust can be an effective solution for securing family assets, managing generational change, regulating inheritance and matrimonial property matters, and for planning the future operation and ownership of assets.
Trusts (fiduciary trust “bizalmi vagyonkezelés” in Hungarian) can be an effective solution for securing family assets, managing generational change, regulating inheritance and matrimonial property matters, and for planning the future operation and ownership of assets (for a period of up to 50 years).
Transferring family property into a trust is a useful way of protecting assets and ensuring the continuity and preservation of assets in the event of the death or incapacity of the head of family, and could therefore be an ideal solution for ensuring the uninterrupted management of family assets, including operational assets and businesses. Trusts can also offer an effective alternative solution to business structuring issues and can serve as an alternative in other situations as well (e.g. for the purpose of establishing a holding structure, resolving conflicts of interest when taking up public office, project financing, joint venture-type cooperation, etc.). Under certain conditions, the transfer, management and distribution of the trust property offer favourable opportunities in terms of taxation as well.
The framework of the trust management can be defined by the trustee for the long run (even for the period following his own death) as early as when the trust is set up, and the rules for the distribution of assets can be regulated in great detail and can be adapted in a flexible manner to the current situation from time to time and to changes in family circumstances during the term of the trust. It is important to point out that, in the case of non-business trusts, even the trustor himself may manage the trust.
A trust arrangement creates a legally binding structure for the trustor(s),trustee(s) and beneficiary(ies) involved. In addition, the preparation and planning stage typically involves an in-depth review of fundamental matters such as succession, division of property within families, inheritance and long-term generational planning, which can also provide an opportunity for establishing the framework for a family constitution that sets out rather the principles and moral rules of the family.
Our wealth structuring and estate planning experts possess extensive experience, providing high quality and complex support not only in designing the optimal trust and wealth protection structure, but also in its setting up and managing such an arrangement.
- optional prior reorganisation;
- analysing change of control provisions;
- assessing whether the assets constitute community property or separate property from matrimonial aspect;
In providing trust advisory services, our attorneys work closely with the business valuation, tax advisory and accounting experts of RSM Hungary Zrt. to provide our clients with comprehensive and complex wealth planning services.
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