S wiss Bankers are obligated by Swiss law to keep any and all information about their clients strictly confidential.
Swiss Banking Secrecy rules are vigorously enforced throughout the Swiss Banking Industry. This is especially true when it comes to civil matters. Obviously, clients committing criminal offenses (drug trafficking) under Swiss Law are not protected by Swiss Banking Secrecy. The Swiss Constitution clearly defines and protects Swiss Banking Secrecy rules. Any Swiss banker revealing information about his clients will be prosecuted under Swiss Law. Substantial fines and even imprisonment are not unusual for individuals breaking Swiss Law. In today's sue happy societies, asset protection and estate planning are the main reasons why people seek Switzerland as a safe and sound banking center.
Divorces, inheritance and estate planning issues will not cause Swiss Banks to lift financial privacy rules in favour of nosey and greedy attorneys looking for quick gains. Unfortunately some of these so-called professionals accrue legal fees to such a horrific extend that designated legal beneficiaries lose their rightful benefits. Any outside attorneys, foreign authorities or third party entities searching for private financial information in Switzerland will do so without success. For additional privacy, you might want to consider a numbered account which provides the maximum degree of confidentiality. Using offshore corporations and trusts in jurisdictions such as the Cook Islands, the Principality of Liechtenstein and Panama can further enhance these advantages
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