Nice to have options, but the Hawaii DAPT is inferior for several reasons, e.g., one percent excise tax; cannot hold land in it. Plus, Hawaii to me is actually a little more offshore than domestic, and I don't mean that geographically. Political risk is a factor as Hawaii is much more socialistic than other DAPT states and may hit the rocks, especially with DC sirens singing L'Internationale. This may have been a better idea back in the days of the Old Republic when we actually had a foreign policy protecting Hawaii from foreign invasion or subversion.
United States, Tax, Hawaii Enacts Domestic Asset Protection Trust Legislation and Reinstates Separate State Estate Tax – McGuireWoods LLP – 03/08/2010, Personal Tax & Estate Planning, Offshore.
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