Often times when one thinks about international removals they will be considering factors such as how to pack, how to plan the move, which company to use and such other factors. While all these are very important when it comes to international moves, it might be time to reveal other crucial underlying matters that must be taken care of. Think of it this way; you have planned the move and have a reliable company handling the logistics. What else must you take care of? Here is a simple guide to international removals.
Before you finally move, you need a sit down with your attorney. Matters concerning property you own, legal obligations you may have undertaken, outstanding loan payments, and many others have to be dealt with to avoid litigation. Your attorney will also help you to deal with anticipated legal matters which most people tend to ignore till they come up. Here are some legal matters that need to be addressed during an international removal.
Wills can be affected by your international move. Every country has its laws when it comes to matters of inheritance, bequeathing and all other issues contained in wills. You may need to make changes in your will of course under the advisement of your attorney. Additionally, dealing with matters of your will may be important because in some countries, properties are subjected to tax upon the death of an individual.
Matters of citizenship can get extremely complicated if not addressed in a timely manner. Before relocating to your new country it is important to find out what their regulations are when it comes to matters of nationality. Citizenship by marriage, birth and other such grounds are not addressed the same in all countries. Cross border travel when it comes to children is also a very important factor to consider. If your children are relocating with you then they must be accompanied by parents or guardians as well as the correct documentation.
You will need various personal documents in your new country of residence for identification, licensing, obtaining permits and even to run a business if you are an entrepreneur. You must make several copies of important documents and preferably have them on our person as they may be required by authorities at borders and ports. Personal documents you may need to have handy include:
Passports including those of family members
Certificates (birth and education)
Photos of family members if any
Proof of insurance
Tax records for several previous years
Documents of adoption and child custody where relevant
Power of attorney documents
Certificates of citizenship
Lease or other housing agreements in the new country and many others
Matters of insurance are extremely crucial when it comes to international removals. If you have an existing insurance service provider in your country then you must enquire to what extent they would be ready to cover you in your new country. If this is not a possibility then you must organize for alternative coverage. Find out about local eligibility and sort out as much detail as you can before the move. Health insurance is especially very important because medical emergencies often come unannounced. Always have some form of health cover ready, even if it is temporary.
Insurance for Your Move
You also need insurance for international removal. If your company is moving you, then you might be in luck as most employers get special policies for such relocations. You however must also take up a degree of responsibility during the move. Expensive and unusual items in your luggage may not be covered by your employer’s policy. To address international removals, some insurance companies have special branches that solely deal with international relocations. Take advantage of such services to ensure that your move is as smooth as possible.
International removals are very involving. Like with any move, a lot of planning is required. Most people tend to pay a lot of attention to packing, finding a shipping company and other such procedures. There is a lot more that goes on and the factors discussed above are just the tip of the iceberg. To avoid any complications and litigation in your new country it is very important to deal with all the intricate details. Matters of documentation are especially sensitive. In certain cases original paperwork may be required as proof of identity. If all these factors are handled professionally, your international move will be smooth and very manageable. You need this uneventful move if you are to settle in properly and make a new home for you and your family.
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