Can Non-US Citizens be Beneficiaries of a Trust?
My sister-in-law, age 79, just lost her 90-year-old husband. They held everything jointly, so there’s no problem now. But they didn’t have children and she is considering making a living trust to distribute her assets when she passes. Can she name her non-US citizen nieces and nephews as beneficiaries?
Yes, there isn’t a problem with doing so. There can be some issues with having non-U.S. citizen trustees of trusts and more often issues with non-U.S. resident trustees, whether or not they’re citizens. Many investment houses, such as Fidelity, Merrill Lynch, etc., require that all trustees are United States residents. But that restriction does not apply to beneficiaries.