FAQ’s on PANAMA FOUNDATION:
1. Can Founder of a Panama Foundation be the sole beneficiary:
Yes, the “real Founder” (ie. the Beneficial Owner) can be the sole Beneficiary of the Panama Foundation. We indicate “real Founder” as the name of the Founder is matter of public record, generally our clients request the services of “nominee Founder”. In this regards, the “real Founder” can be the sole Beneficiary, nonetheless the “nominee Founder” will never be a Beneficiary as agent is the “nominee Founder”.
Another matter to take into consideration is the fact that we recommend to clients to always name additional Beneficiaries to the Foundation. They can be named as Secondary Beneficiaries and only have access to the Foundation’s patrimony after the death of the first Beneficiary (the BO).
2. Can the beneficiary of a Panama Foundation be the Protector:
Yes, the Protector of a Panama Foundation can be a Beneficiary. This is one of the most common ways to structure a Foundation.
3. Can the beneficiary of a Panama Foundation be a member of Foundation Council:
Yes, a Beneficiary of a Panama Foundation can be a member of the Foundation Council. Nonetheless this is not recommended as the name of the Foundation Council is of public record. Thus, the name of the Beneficiary will be publicly linked to the Foundation.
4. How many members are required in Foundation Council:
(can it be one corporate nominee from agent side and one individual being beneficiary or Protector as also Foundation council member):
The law requires that the Panama Foundation Council be conformed of at least 1 juridical person or 3 natural persons. Can be one nominee from our agent & other from real founder. Nonetheless, please note that this is not very common as the names and details of the Foundation Council are registered in the Public Registry, thus of public record. For confidentiality reasons, clients normally wish to avoid that the names of the Beneficiaries or Protectors be registered in the Public Registry.
5. Can Protector of Panama Foundation revoke the Foundation if it is provided in the Foundation Charter:
6. Can Protector of a Panama Foundation amend beneficiaries:
Yes, the Protector can include or exclude Beneficiaries. It can also indicate conditions for the Beneficiaries to enjoy the Foundation’s patrimony. We can also limit that only the First Protector of the Foundation has the before-mentioned faculties, and that Alternate or Secondary Protectors cannot include or exclude Beneficiaries.
7. Can Founder of a Panama Foundation change Protector or can it be restricted:
Yes, this can be restricted.
8. Can Protector be also authorised attorney given General POA for management of assets of the Foundation:
Yes, a Panama Foundation can issue a General Power of Attorney in favor of the Protector.