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Mr. Bauman is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland (1973-1981). He is also a former federal official and state legislator; member of the Washington, D.C., Bar; graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (1964) and the GU School of Foreign Service (1959). Mr. Bauman serves as legal counsel to International Living. He’s also one of the world’s foremost offshore experts. Here are some of his recent articles:

Is It Time to "Re-Flag" Yourself?

Is It Time to “Re-Flag” Yourself?

More than two decades ago, an interesting character with the nom de plume, “Bill Hill” wrote a popular escape manual for freedom advocates titled “PT—The Perpetual Traveler.” Hill outlined his PT ideas with a five point plan “…for those,” he said, “with courage enough to pursue freedom.” He memorably illustrated his plan with something he called The Five Flags of Freedom.

Foreign Bank Accounts (and More) in the "New Switzerland"

Foreign Bank Accounts (and More) in the “New Switzerland”

In 2005, Singapore began adopting laws patterned after Switzerland’s. Laws that tightened its bank secrecy. But unlike land-locked Switzerland, Singapore sits at the center of Asia’s booming demand for raw materials, close to many key physical markets. It also beats Switzerland on taxes. Official corporate tax rates in Singapore have fallen by 3% to 17% over the past five years…

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Singapore: Swiss-Style Privacy with Palm Trees

The last five years has seen a rush of foreign bankers to the island city-state of Singapore. Swiss Banks such as Julius Baer have expanded their operations to capitalize on new business opportunities there. And earlier this year the world’s number-three commodities trader, Trafigura, shifted its trading center from Switzerland to Singapore.

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6 Reasons to go Offshore Now

Bob Bauman, co-founder and legal council for the Sovereign Society, discusses the benefits of going offshore. (This presentation has no accompanying PowerPoint slideshow.)

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An Introduction to the Offshore World

A realistic look at the sad state of freedom in America and why the offshore world offers better alternatives for greater liberty and financial privacy, in banking and investing and a safer place for living for you and your family. (This presentation has no accompanying PowerPoint slideshow.)

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6 Reasons to go Offshore Now

Bob Bauman, co-founder and legal council for the Sovereign Society, discusses the benefits of going offshore. (This presentation has no accompanying PowerPoint slideshow.)

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An Introduction to the Offshore World

A realistic look at the sad state of freedom in America and why the offshore world offers better alternatives for greater liberty and financial privacy, in banking and investing and a safer place for living for you and your family. (This presentation has no accompanying PowerPoint slideshow.)

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An Introduction to the Offshore World

A realistic look at the sad state of freedom in America and why the offshore world offers better alternatives for greater liberty and financial privacy, in banking and investing and a safer place for living for you and your family. (This presentation has no accompanying PowerPoint slideshow.)

Irish Citizenship for Sale Again

Irish Citizenship for Sale Again

The Irish government is offering special residence visas to foreign individuals willing to invest in the country. This new program began on April 15, 2012, and if you make the investment, it can lead to full citizenship. Irish citizenship opens the door to full personal and commercial access to all 27 countries in the European Union.

Your EU Entry—Irish Citizenship for Sale Again

Your EU Entry—Irish Citizenship for Sale Again

The government of the Republic of Ireland is desperately trying to rebuild the country’s shattered national economy and bolster financial markets after one of the largest banking collapses in history. Perhaps as a mark of that official desperation—or of politicians’ universal urge to “do something” in a crisis—the Irish government is offering special residence visas to foreign individuals willing to invest in the country.

Securing an Irish Passport Through Your Ancestors

Securing an Irish Passport Through Your Ancestors

Many millions of Irish have emigrated to the U.S., beginning well before America’s Revolutionary War. In 1776, eight Irish-Americans signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and 22 U.S. presidents, from Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama (who knew?) were at least partly of Irish ancestry.

Panama’s New Fast-Track Visa

Panama’s New Fast-Track Visa

Panama has long had “open door” immigration policies that welcome foreigners. For instance, it has the best program of special benefits for foreign retirees and their families you’ll find anywhere in the world today—the pensionado, or pensioner, visa. But for non-pensioners, most of Panama’s other residency programs required substantial investments…until now.

Your Guide to Irish Visas, Residency and Ancestry

Your Guide to Irish Visas, Residency and Ancestry

From the first moment that Marilyn Cullen heard the strains of traditional Irish music in Ennis, County Clare, she knew she had found her retirement destination. “The music, the creativity, and the arts here are a magnet for expats from all over the world,” says the 65-year-old Californian.

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What Panama’s New Fast-Track Visa Means for You

Panama has long had “open door” immigration policies that welcome foreigners. For instance, it has the best program of special benefits for foreign retirees and their families you’ll find anywhere in the world today— the pensionado, or pensioner, visa (see sidebar below).

Privacy and Freedom in Uruguay

Privacy and Freedom in Uruguay

Plenty of U.S. expats live in Uruguay. I can see why. The laws and the government welcome foreigners as immediate residents and citizenship can follow after three to five years. The seven licensed banks welcome Americans as clients, hold more than half of their cash in dollars or euros, pay more interest than U.S. banks and enforce strict financial privacy that only a court can waive.

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One Way to Get Immediate Residency in Panama

The Panamanian side of the Darién is dominated by deep valleys, rivers and a 6,000-foot-high mountain peak. You won’t find much else here. Starbucks hasn’t made it, and there’s no Home Depot. This is frontier country. But you will find an open door to immediate residency in Panama, along with a chance for profitable investing.

How To Get Immediate Residency In Panama

How to Get Immediate Residency in Panama

Since my first visit to Panama in the 1970s I’ve returned countless times and visited every part of the isthmus except one—the Darién Gap, a large swath of swamp, jungle and forest, 99 miles long and 31 miles wide, that separates Panama’s Darién Province from the Republic of Colombia.

Uruguay Meets High Expectations of Privacy and Freedom

Uruguay Meets High Expectations of Privacy and Freedom

A recent poll on government revealed that more than half the population of Uruguay feels that the country is being run “for the good of all the people.” You can guess how most Americans would answer that question…

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Three Places Where You Can Buy a Second Passport

There are good reasons for obtaining a second passport; expansion of travel possibilities; concealment of nationality for safety reasons; exercising the right to reside in another country; opening offshore bank and other financial accounts; easier crossings of international borders when a primary passport is lost or stolen.

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Belize: No Taxes in This Caribbean Paradise

In Belize, more than 40% of the country is protected as national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and marine reserves. But this lush ecological paradise is not just a haven for wildlife. Belize encourages offshore business and welcomes foreigners as local residents, too. In fact, if you’re looking into your residency options, Belize should be high on your list.

Second Passports—3 Places You Can Buy One

Second Passports—3 Places You Can Buy One

Now and again when an American (or any other national) grumbles about the sad state of affairs in their home country they may hear a sharp response: “If you don’t like it here, go find another country.”

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Why You Should Consider Moving Your Assets Offshore

As a lawyer for many decades now, I know how important it is to read and understand what you read. I also know from experience that Americans have been bombarded for years by class warfare politicians attacking wealthy people as if success in life was a crime.

Get a Safe Deposit Box Overseas

Get a Safe Deposit Box Overseas

A safe deposit box is just a lockable metal box or drawer, inside a bank or private vault, which is used for safely storing your valuables. And the annual rent for a safe deposit box can be as little as $500. On a traditional safe deposit box there are two different keys, both of which must be used to open the box. One key (usually two copies of it) is given to you as the box renter.

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Cutting-Edge Wealth Protection

These islands are an independent country joined in “free association” with New Zealand. It has its own government and court system, the New Zealand dollar is the local currency, and it definitely qualifies as what used to be called a “tax haven,” now replaced by the politically correct term “offshore financial center.” Fifteen in all, their beaches are of white-powdered sands, the waters aquamarine and turquoise, and the climate ideal.

Cook Islands: Cutting-Edge Wealth Protection

Cook Islands: Cutting-Edge Wealth Protection

Somewhere far out in the South Pacific lies a network of near-perfect castaway islands. Fifteen in all, their beaches are of white-powdered sands, the waters aquamarine and turquoise, and the climate ideal. From the shores of palm-fringed lagoons rise soaring volcanic peaks clad in lush green jungle.

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