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Barbados: Offshore Trusts Guide

Legal Framework and Formation Rules and Fees

Trusts in Barbados are governed by English common law and by the Trustees Act Cap 250 as amended, which deals with the powers of trustees. There is no registration requirement or stamp duty; trustees can be non-resident as long as one is resident. A resident corporation acting as trustee must be licensed under the Offshore Banking Act. Exchange controls apply to local trusts.

The Hague Convention has not been implemented.

The International Trusts Act 1995 introduced purpose trusts and asset protection trusts, as well as strengthened protection against forced heirship provisions, non-recognition of foreign judgements, and protection against creditors.

Creditors have three years in which to set aside the terms of a trust, but can only do so if they can establish an intent to defraud. A successful creditor can only set aside the terms of the trust in so far as he is prejudiced - he can't overset the whole thing unless that is necessary to satisfy him.


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