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How to arrange a will in Dubai?

A will is a document which explains the manner in which a person’s property will be distributed after his/her death. Deceased’s family members, friends, organisations, and public institutions are the usual beneficiaries of wills. Assets transferred by means of wills may include, for example, money, jewellery, real estate, vehicles, and shares in companies. Expatriates residing in [...]

Citizenship by Investment in Cyprus

In order to boost foreign investment and attract high net worth entrepreneurs, the government of Cyprus has introduced an incentive that allows individuals to obtain Cypriot citizenship in exchange for significant financial investments in the country. The program, which is officially called “Scheme for Naturalization of Investors in Cyprus by Exception”, grants Cypriot citizenship to non-Cypriot [...]

A report reveals the countries with lowest and highest rates of property transfer tax

The Australian accountancy association UHY Haines Norton has recently published a report indicating the countries with the highest and the lowest property transfer taxes. The association examined 26 countries, including G7 jurisdictions and the most prominent world emerging economies. The report estimates the property transfer tax rates applying to the purchase of a residential property that [...]

Thousands of Greek companies relocate to Bulgaria

Due to its attractive tax regime, low labor costs, and political stability, Bulgaria is one of the most compelling countries in the EU to outsource business activities.The advantages of Bulgaria are positively evaluated not only by West European countries, but also by neighboring Eastern European countries. One of the most active countries in out flowing business [...]

Offshore firms own 40.000 properties in London

A research conducted by the British newspaper The Guardian demonstrates that the offshore ownership of properties in London has increased with 9% over the last 10 months. At present, companies registered in tax havens, such as Panama, Liechtenstein, Cayman Islands, and the British Virgin Islands, own around 40.000 commercial and residential buildings in Greater London. The [...]

Private Austrian Foundations

The Austrian private foundation is a type of legal entity which allows the grantor to determine the internal organization and the aim of the entity. Although most aspects of private foundations resemble those of limited companies, Austrian private foundations provide grantors with a greater flexibility to:(1) protect and maintain assets, (2) tailor the foundation according to [...]

Will UK Tax Your Castle?

The UK considers introducing a mansion tax which will target the properties that are worth more than £2 million. The owners of such properties will be obliged to pay an annual progressive tax starting from 1% of the property value. The mansion tax regime was proposed by two UK political parties, namely, the Labor Party and [...]

Dubai Launches Wills and Probate Registry

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) launched a Wills and Probate Registry based on common law. The Registry aims at simplifying the distribution of assets owned by non-Muslims’ in Dubai upon their decease. The Registry was initiated in order to improve investment environment in Dubai and address the cultural diversity of people who own assets in the [...]

Living In Uruguay

Uruguay, the richest state in Latin America, stands out in the region as a liberal and modern country with developed social security, health, and educational systems. Moreover, Uruguay creates a favorable atmosphere for business investments offering a 0% income tax rate for income received from non-Uruguayan sources. Thus, it is not a surprise that an increasing [...]


Mild climate, beautiful beaches, friendly and educated people, and no tax on worldwide income - Uruguay has the right to be called one of the most attractive tax havens in the world. Situated between Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay has a population of over 3 million people. Despite its relatively small territory, Uruguay is one of the [...]