Overview of Inheritance and Estate Planning under Chinese Laws

Over the last 10 years, I and my team have been offering legal services related to inheritance and estate planning for clients from many other countries outside of China. We have written a number of posts on this blog in that regard.

As per request from an American lawyer, Ms. Jiah Kim, who specializes in cross-border estate planning catering to her American clients,…

Happy New Year of Pig from Landing Law Offices in Shanghai

In China, today is the first day of China lunar new year of pig.

The whole country is in a happy mood. A 7-day holiday has started from yesterday. A lot of celebration activities are going on in all parts of the country, from Beijing China Central Television to local TV stations, from big cities to small towns.

China Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is a time for family…

The Ways of Moving Money Out of China by Individuals

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USD 50,000 per year?

This is a hot topic in today’s China: how to move money in China to a foreign country. With the backdrop of the trade-war and tech-war between China and USA simmering with no assuring sign of cooling down, China economy has been hurt somehow, and 2019 is a tough year for China and in the meantime, United States is still looking buoyant, …

Child Custody and Visitation under Chinese Laws

International or cross-border marriages in China and with Chinese have been on steady rise in the past, and thus international or cross-border divorces have seen increase as well in China. We have been repeatedly approached by clients who wish to divorce in China with his or her spouse that is also a foreigner.

With regard to divorce (without regard to child …

Inheritance of Personal Properties/Chattels in China: a Real Headache

In most cases in the past years, we help foreign clients in dealing with inheritance or succession of real properties, mainly residential properties like apartments or houses in cities like Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and even Suzhou.

Ocassionally, we received clients’ inquiries about inheriting chattels or personal properties (properties…

Make a Will for Your China Assets: why and how?

With so many Chinese emigrating to foreign countries while having substantial assets within China or so many foreigners holding China assets, it is no wonder that we have seen the increase of inquiries regarding estate plan for their China assets, mainly real properties, corporate shares or bank deposits.

I.  Why Do You Need a Separate Will for Your China

Inheritance of corporate shares of a China Company (IV)

We have already written a few articles regarding inheritance by foreigners of corporate shares (a stock company limited by share) or equity interests (a general limited liability company) in a China company, where typically the deceased is a Chinese citizen being a shareholder in a China domestic company and the heirs (often spouse and children) have already…

Case Report: new factual situation for lifting corporate veil under China laws

Limited liability has been recognized as one of the fundamental features of companies and corporations throughout world, which was heralded as great an invention as the steam engine.

Under Chinese laws and in Chinese judicial practice, it has proven that it is difficult to get the court to pierce the corporate veil, a metaphor referring to the limited liability…

Chose in possession and Chose in Action under Common Laws

This post is rather an effort of myself in learning property laws in common law countries.

As a lawyer, one of my main law practices is to help China’s high net worth individuals to work out their estate plan under which very often clients wishes to allocate their assets or properties in both China and offshore countries. It is critical for me to understand…

China overhauls its individual income tax law

China has enacted its recently revised individual income tax law, a big overhaul of the law over more than 30 years from its inception.

Some of the changes will be set to have an impact on you, either foreigners or oversea Chinese.

1.  New Definition of Tax Residents

In the prior version of the IIT law, a tax resident is one who has domicile within China or otherwise…

New policy in China for curbing property market: companies banned from buying

In the past a couple of days, four cities in China, Shanghai, Xi’an, Changsha and Hangzhou, has announced that they will restrict corporate entities in purchasing local properties, a new round of efforts in reining in local property market.

For a decade, China (mainly the central government) has been wrestling with property markets. On one hand, the…

Tax implications related to your inheritance of overseas estates in China

Taxes are one of the major concerns of foreign heirs inheriting estates located in China.  What taxes are levied on the estates or the inheritance? Is there any way of optimizing taxes in China on acquiring and cashing in on the estate assets?

I. Taxes for Inheritance of Estates

(1)  No Estate Tax or Inheritance Tax in China 

In today’s world, many countries…

Oversea Chinese from Canton (Guangdong): the way back to your roots

This is not something new, though I reckon not every oversea Chinese who are affected (in a positive sense) by the local policy really know about it.

I am talking about the policy stepped up by local Guangdong government back in 2011, entitled “Several Opinions on Earnestly Safeguarding Oversea Chinese’s the Residential Land Use Right in Rural

China Land VAT: how to avoid or defer payment of land value added tax

Land value added tax is a big cut of profits from property owners in China.

Land VAT is applicable basically in two scenario: (1) corporate property owners that sell properties, including foreign entities that hold China properties,and (2) individual owners of non-residential properties.

If the owner simply sells in the market for cash, then the land VAT …

Legal Implications on the choice of trustees for properties in China

It is no longer anything fresh for a foreigner to have assets or properties in China. The foreigner can  be either real foreign individual without China root or overseas Chinese or naturalized Chinese. So when those people set up trusts in their residing countries (outside of China) and wish to place their China properties (either real properties or shares)…

Inheritance of corporate shares in a China company (III)

This is the third post regarding inheritance of corporate shares in a China company. Again it is about a special situation that may become more and more in reality with more and more Chinese riches migrating to foreign countries.

I. Facts of the Case

In 2002, a Chinese husband set up a trading company with a third party, and business went well. In 2006, the husband…

International trade trap: who is your seller in China?

Not just a few but quite a number of foreign clients who bought goods from China complained about their Chinese sellers defrauding or otherwise defaulting under their purchase contracts, and when they tried to go after the Chinese exporters for damages or compensation, they found themselves unsure which entity or company they should sue.

The Tricks and Traps

Nominee Shareholder Agreement under Current Chinese Laws

 

A nominee shareholder agreement (the “Agreement“) used herein refers to the agreement or contract concluded between two persons (individual or body corporate) whereby A wants to invest in a certain company but for various reason he is hidden from public disclosure and instead, his investment is made and registered in the name of B who …

Overview of China Cyber Security Law and Implications on Foreign Companies

China Cyber Security Law (“CCSL“) has been enacted and took effect (since June 1, 2017) for some time prompting many multinational companies to review and revise their internet policies and take actions to comply with the new law which has profound and far-reaching impact on their business operation in China.

I.   Overview of China Cyber Security

Inheritance of corporate shares in a China company (II)

In the first post regarding inheritance of corporate shares or equity interests in a China company, we have discussed the general procedures of completing such an inheritance.

In this second post, I will specifically address the issue of inheriting the corporate share estate left by a foreign national who is a foreign investor in a foreign invested company…