US expat end of life arrangements?

I don’t mean to get too dark here, but I have to ask. I tried searching the forum, as I always do, but couldn’t find anything.

I've been thinking about end of life arrangements (Wills, Power of attorney, Trusts, etc.) for those who may be planning to move to DR and live out the rest of their life there. Assuming dual US/DR citizenship has been achieved, is having these documents in the US only okay? Assuming you want to have your remains shipped back the US for burial, cremation, etc. would you need anything from a DR lawyer or would that be handled in the US paperwork? All of this is, of course, assuming you keep all your finances state-side and have no business interests in DR.

Thanks in advance!

Good question that many need to look at and avoid.

The law here is territorial so legal paperwork in the USA is technically not valid here. 

It is inexpensive to get a will and make your arrangements and wishes known.  Make sure someone here knows who to contact if needed!

Estate laws are different here and need to be dealt with by those with property or investments, one of the reasons we suggest holding property in a corporation.

Does that need to be a Dominican Corporation or can it be a Canadian Corporation?

Dominican corporation honey

planner :

Good question that many need to look at and avoid.

The law here is territorial so legal paperwork in the USA is technically not valid here. 

It is inexpensive to get a will and make your arrangements and wishes known.  Make sure someone here knows who to contact if needed!

Estate laws are different here and need to be dealt with by those with property or investments, one of the reasons we suggest holding property in a corporation.

Thank you planner - very helpful information as always!  :)

So many things to think about.

- Greg

You may also consider giving someone a limited power of attorney.  If something happens who can pay the bills, make medical decisions etc?

Or, have a friend with a boat & some dive weights.......... Feed the fishes, give back to the environment. Can you donate organs here?  A much better end & should not be a financial burden on anyone.  Do they honor living wills here?

And totally never going to happen.  Expats must have an autopsy by law and then remains are released to next of kin.

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