Should I write a will or form a trust to distribute my assets
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The following article was first published in the Mint newspaper on 1st November, 2022. The same was written by our Private Client team at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, who frequently publish their comments and opinions in the Mint. The online version of the article can be found here.

I am 76 years old and hence want to write a will. I have two houses worth 2 crore. We are living in one of the houses and the other is rented for 75,000 per month. We also booked a shop having a resale value of 1 crore. I have 1.6 crore in mutual funds and 65 lakh in shares. 

I have a wife and a daughter. I want all my assets to be given to my wife and thereafter to a trust that should decide on monthly distribution  of income from the assets to my daughter and grandson. Thereby, I want to ensure that the assets generate wealth without being misused by anyone. Please guide me on how I should go about setting up a trust.

—Name withheld on request

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Do FDs accrue interest after owner’s death
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The following article was first published in the Mint newspaper on 4th October, 2022. The same was written by our Private Client team at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, who frequently publish their comments and opinions in the Mint. The online version of the article can be found here.

My parents died and I am their nominee in the various fixed deposits (FDs) they left behind. The FDs will mature on different dates in the next two years. Can I withdraw an FD at the time of maturity? What would be rate of interest payable on these deposits from the date of death of parents till the maturity date. Also, is it compulsory for the nominee to withdraw all FDs after the death of the holder?

—Name withheld on request

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Dissolution of HUF
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The following article was first published in the Mint newspaper on 21st July, 2022. The same was written by our Private Client team at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, who frequently publish their comments and opinions in the Mint. The online version of the article can be found here.

What are the steps that a woman needs to take to transfer shares to her son upon the dissolution of a HUF (Hindu undivided family)?

—Name withheld on request 

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Can my mother who is not a coparcener be karta in HUF
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The following article was first published in the Mint newspaper on 25th May, 2022. The same was written by our Private Client team at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, who frequently publish their comments and opinions in the Mint. The online version of the article can be found here.

My father, who was the karta of our HUF (Hindu undivided family), with my mother, elder sister and I as members, died two years ago. Thereafter, the bank where the HUF account is held is insisting on transferring it only to my elder sister.

Under the circumstances, is there any possibility for my mother to become the karta of the HUF? What is the relevant legal section that needs to be quoted for necessitating a transfer to my mother’s name? Additionally, will there be a change in the PAN (permanent account number)  after transfer of the HUF? Will it also lead to a change in the name of the HUF? 

—Name withheld on request 

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Can I show my rental income in HUF account
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The following article was first published in the Mint newspaper on 16th May, 2022. The same was written by our Private Client team at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, who frequently publish their comments and opinions in the Mint. The online version of the article can be found here.

I am the karta of a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) firm. My coparceners are my wife and son. I am retired and only have rental income from a house inherited from my mother through her probated will. 

Can I show my rental income in my HUF bank account? And, as and when I sell that house, can I show the sale proceeds in the HUF account? For this, do I need to transfer the  house to HUF? If yes, then what is the procedure? Isn’t the property automatically treated as HUF property, as I am also the karta of the HUF? 

What process is required to be followed in case the property is to be bequeathed after the demise of the testator which is as per the registered Will in Delhi after the mutation has been done in the municipal records. It needs to be further clarified whether the process of probate is also to be followed in Delhi or if a succession certificate is sufficient and who would issue the same?


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Foreign Contributions Regulations in India

India’s diverse social fabric needs no introduction. In a developing country, ‘constructive’ philanthropy designed to cater to the fast-growing needs is particularly important. In a country with massive population such as ours, it’s often difficult for the government machinery to engineer a trickle down of every social welfare scheme. This is where Non-governmental organisations or associations (‘NGOs’) come in to play an important part. They work with the government and focus on their purpose, which can be religion, human rights, animal rights, poverty eradication, environment, etc. NGOs can be international, national, or regional and can adapt quickly and respond to the changing needs of the society faster than a government organisation which require executive and electoral approval for action.[1]

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Leaving on Jet Plane Key Legal Considerations for Business Owners Migrating Abroad

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…’

-John Denver

The opening line of John Denver’s iconic song ‘Leaving on a jet plane’ may seem prosaic at first glance, but it describes the single most important act before embarking on any journey – packing your bags! While packing for a vacation in Monaco or St. Tropez is fairly easy, ‘packing’ for an offshore migration is likely to parachute you into a regulatory and compliance maze.

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How legal heirs can find out investments of their deceased kin
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The Private Client team at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas shares their comments and opinions in an article in the  following Q&A which was published by the Mint Newspaper on 20th April, 2022 and the online edition of the same can be found here.

I lost a friend a few days ago. I know that he had invested in stocks and mutual funds (MFs) but his family is unaware of this. What is the procedure by which his family can know about all the investments he had made prior to his death?

— Kartik Sharma

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reverse mortgaged property
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The Private Client team at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas shares their comments and opinions in an article in the  following Q&A which was published by the Mint Newspaper on 12th March, 2022 and the online edition of the same can be found here.

One of my relatives has reverse mortgaged his house, he died recently. It is understood that there is a specific will insisted by the banker and got executed at the time of reverse mortgage, wherein it says, “the property will devolve on my wife with absolute rights” and so on. Are the legal heirs eligible to claim for the rights of the said property?

– Arun

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HUF
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The Private Client team at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas shares their comments and opinions in an article in the  following Q&A which was published by the Mint Newspaper on 20th February, 2022 and the online edition of the same can be found here.

My dad had invested in mutual funds in which my mother was a nominee. I have lost my parents and wish to transmit them in my name. My query is – whether these mutual funds can be transferred to ​​​a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) that I have created to reduce tax liability?

—Name withheld on request


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