New Hampshire Introduces Foundation Act

By Todd D. Mayo New Hampshire has introduced a bill that would allow the formation, registration, and domestication of foundations. The bill (SB 225), which has already received a favorable vote in the state senate, would establish the New Hampshire Foundation Act. With the enactment of the Foundation Act, New Hampshire would become the first U.S. jurisdiction to permit the establishment of civil-law foundations. If the bill passes, the Foundation Act will be effective October 1, 2017. By recognizing foundations, New Hampshire would enable families from countries in which foundations are preferable to trusts as wealth management vehicles to avail themselves of a U.S.-based structure. Nature of a Foundation Under the Foundation Act, a foundation is a legal entity that holds and manages its assets for the benefit of its beneficiaries or in furtherance of its…

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