What A Foreign Executor Can Do About Estates in China

We have been helping and advising a good number of clients over the years who are the executors in wills made outside of China by testators, in regard of the administration and distribution of estates (real estates, corporate shares and bank deposits) located in the mainland of China.

Unfortunately in most cases, foreign executors would find themselves ending…

China Foreign Investment Law and Cross-Border Inheritance and Estate Planning

China has enacted its long-awaited Foreign Investment Law this March but will only come into effect as of January 1, 2020. So far this law is warmly welcomed and hailed at large by the international communities.


Well, there are a lot of comments on the Law and its impact and implications on existing and future foreign investment in China. But hardly is there any…

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,…

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)…

When a foreign testamentary trust involves a property in China

As I deal with quite a number of matters of inheritance by foreigners of estates in China, a few cases in which clients from Anglo-Saxon jurisdictions such as Canada and USA inherited estates left by their family members have involved trusts that are set up by the decedents, which are very interesting to me, a lawyer in China where civil trusts are rarely used in…

Notarize your will to avoid trouble for your heirs/beneficiaries thereunder

Every year I deal with quite a few inheritance cases (litigious or non-litigious) involving foreigners inheriting estate (properties, shares and bank deposits) in China.

Very often, there is a written will produced by one heir to support his or her claim over the estate. The problem is that these wills are not properly notarized, leaving a great deal of uncertainty…

Tax issues in inheritance of estate properties in China

Many foreigners are concerned with China estate taxes when they inherit estates in China.

As a matter of Law, China has not formally enacted estate tax laws despite rumor about it for many years. I personally don’t foresee this enactment any time soon. After all, without this law, Chinese rich people are already fleeing this country for various reasons.…

How does a foreigner inherit real properties in China?

,You may have understood a little bit about how the inheritance/succession law operates in China after reading one of posts here “inherit a real property in China“. I have received a few inquiries on how they should make preparation in order to inherit a house in China. As those questions are quite generic in nature, I summarize the related information…