December 17, 2013 –
EL PASO, TX – Special care should be taken to address the unique estate planning issues that face non-United State citizens, since current law can impose complications when drafting international wills and other testamentary documents. The results of drafting a plan without addressing non-citizen or non-resident issues can be disastrous.
David Hassler, a shareholder and attorney at ScottHulse, recently addressed international estate planning issues in his speech entitled “Estate Planning Drafting for Non-Residents and Non-Citizens,” presented to the El Paso Probate Bar Association.
“Careful planning is essential when advising families in which one or both spouses are not U.S. citizens,” said Mr. Hassler. “ScottHulse’s location on the U.S./Mexico border has enabled our estate planning professionals to develop substantial experience in foreign national cross-border planning. By integrating strategic estate planning techniques, we create comprehensive solutions that can provide ideal opportunities for our international clientele.”
As head of the ScottHulse estate planning and asset protection practice group, Mr. Hassler advises high and mid net worth individuals and families regarding estate planning, transfer taxation, asset protection and closely held and family business matters, including charitable, deferred and leveraged giving.
Mr. Hassler is a member of Taxation, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law, and Corporation, Banking and Business Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He serves on the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Development Board, and has been the Course Director for the annual UTEP Estate Planning Conference for Women for 22 years.
ScottHulse is a full-service law firm with offices in El Paso and Las Cruces. ScottHulse attorneys have represented individuals and major participants in the commercial and industrial sectors of the El Paso, Juarez, and Las Cruces Borderplex since 1889. Today, ScottHulse attorneys are involved in client and community initiatives that are transforming the Borderplex into the most dynamic commercial center in the Southwest and the epicenter of U.S./Mexico trade.