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There are many reasons why you might decide to leave your life. You could be one of the nearly 800,000 million Americans every year who have been forced to file for bankruptcy or one of the 900,000 individuals who files for divorce annually. Whatever reason you may have for wanting to hide your assets and disappear without a trace, this book is a complete walkthrough of the process you should use to do so.

The first thing you will learn is how you can start planning your move ...

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Overview

There are many reasons why you might decide to leave your life. You could be one of the nearly 800,000 million Americans every year who have been forced to file for bankruptcy or one of the 900,000 individuals who files for divorce annually. Whatever reason you may have for wanting to hide your assets and disappear without a trace, this book is a complete walkthrough of the process you should use to do so.

The first thing you will learn is how you can start planning your move out of the United States. What will you need to do and know before you prepare to leave to ensure that your move goes off smoothly? The choice between staying in the U.S. and leaving the country will be provided, as well as a rundown of very important questions you must ask yourself before you leave your old life behind, including cautions, and the legal implications of your departure that can never be undone. You will learn where the best places in the world are to hide yourself and your assets. The process of diversifying your money out of U.S. credit bureau and Financial Crime Enforcement Network oversight will be provided, allowing you to start hiding your assets in nondescript, untraceable locations.

You will learn what you need to do to start generating your new identity and what ties need to be completely severed in order to make sure your old identity does not come back to haunt you. You will learn how to travel in and out of your new country and the U.S. with ease and how you can access, move, and keep your money safely without giving away where it is hidden. The most important aspect of this book will be the chapter on how you will be searched for and what you should expect. The various purposes for your departure will affect how thoroughly you are sought out and what you must do to stay hidden. Additionally, you will be shown how to maintain your lifestyle according to where you move and what your assets are worth in your new home. A special chapter geared exclusively toward the victims of abuse, including spousal, domestic, or other types, is included, along with information on what to do if you have children or other ties to your former life.

Finally, you will be shown how the Internet will become an invaluable tool to you in staying hidden, but also a portal through which people can find and stay in contact with you. For anyone seeking to finally break free of their old life and be gone, without a trace, this book provides a complete, step-by-step guide to help you hide your assets, get away, and stay hidden for good.

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 288 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601383099
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/11/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Preface 13

Chapter 1 Why Do You Want to Disappear? 15

Running from Your Problems 18

The Consequences of Leaving 28

Chapter 2 Planning Your Disappearance 35

Hide Your Plans to Disappear 39

Save Your Money 46

Get Copies of Your Vital Records 48

Request FBI Information 50

Other Documents and Items You Should Bring 51

Why You Should Not Fake Your Own Death 51

Clean Up for Before You Leave 53

Packing for Forever 55

Chapter 3 Getting a New Identity 59

Changing Your Name 60

Witness Security Program 63

Social Security Card 64

Driver's License 66

Credit Cards 68

Passport 70

Fake IDs 77

Chapter 4 Deciding Where to Go 79

Staying in the United States 80

Rule Out Best Places to Live 83

Big American Cities are Better 86

Buying a Home 89

Leaving the United States 94

Tips for Americans Living Abroad 98

The Four Most Popular Expat Countries 100

Central America 108

Caribbean 112

Other Popular Choices Around the Globe 116

Special Considerations When Moving to a New Country 121

Using Professional Help to Relocate 124

Chapter 5 Moving to Your New Life 127

Moving Concerns 128

Travel by Plane 130

Travel by Bus 132

Travel by Train 133

Travel by Houseboat or RV 134

Camping 136

Moving Your Money to Your New Home 136

Chapter 6 Changing Your Body and Mind 147

Altering Your Appearance 147

What if You are Recognized? 152

Chapter 7 Finding a New Job 155

Go Back to School 155

Anonymous Occupations 156

Operate a Home Business 160

Finding Work as an Expat 161

Chapter 8 Money Issues as an Expat 173

How to Quality for Exclusions 173

Where is Your Tax Home? 175

Living in American Territories 178

Bona Fide Residency Guidelines 180

Chapter 9 Keeping Your New Identity Safe 185

The Internet 187

Telephone 195

Mail 201

Chapter 10 Private Investigators and the Police 205

How Private Investigators Will Search for You 206

Dealing with Police Officers 212

The Prospect of Amateurs Finding You 218

Chapter 11 Reclaiming Your Old Identity 223

Things Moved on Without You 225

Regaining Their Trust 226

How to Cope if You Are Not Welcome 227

Conclusion 231

Appendix A Tax Haven Resources 233

Offshore Tax Consultants 233

U.S. National Tax Associations 243

U.S. State Tax Associations 244

International Tax Associations 251

Appendix B Offshore Countries with Little or No Taxes 253

Appendix C Countries and Their Religions 255

Catholic Nations 255

Protestant Nations 255

Islamic Nations 256

Buddhist Nations 256

Hindu Nations 256

Appendix D Banks by Country 257

Bahamian Banks 257

St. Lucian Banks 262

Banks of the United Kingdom 266

Swiss Banks 271

Bibliography 279

Author Biography 283

Index 285

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    How to Hide, by David Wilkening, is, as described on the book&rs

    How to Hide, by David Wilkening, is, as described on the book’s cover, “a practical guide to vanishing and taking your assets with you.” The book teaches to disappear, going through excruciating and near heartbreaking detail on how to do it. Everything is planned out, from the first thought, to the final step. The book asks why one would want to disappear, then jumps right into planning the escape, stressing the importance of keeping all of one’s legal documents in order and close by, finding a new identity and deciding where to go. The book maintains the importance of keeping one’s finances intact throughout. The book explores even the most extreme cases of hiding as well, touching on altering one’s appearance and state of mind, finding a new job, keeping one’s new identity safe, and how to handle police and private investigators. The book is perfect for anyone looking to escape in a practical and clever way.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    How to Hide, A Practical Guide to Vanishing and Taking Your Asse

    How to Hide, A Practical Guide to Vanishing and Taking Your Assets with You is a straight-forward, well-thought-out read. Why would people want to hide? Is it the right decision to make? Both good questions – which the author breaks down in fascinating detail. The book is a “how to hide” primer, detailing everything from why people vanish (abuse, money issues, illness) to check-lists on how to start, where to go, what to bring, and what to leave (and not leave) behind – all with their vital assets in tow. If you have many assets that can be converted to cash, for example, you are way ahead of the game. If not, it will be more difficult to begin anew but not impossible. All in all an interesting and intriguing book on an elusive subject.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Not exactly what I thought but still an intriguing read

    It's not often that a book truly grabs me and begs to be read. I find plenty of books that are fascinating but when I came across, "How to Hide: A Practical Guide to Vanishing and Taking Your Assets with You", my curiosity got the best of me and I just had to read it. While I'd never considered disappearing, I found the premise absolutely intriguing. Even if you are perfectly happy with your life the way it is, I guarantee you'll take a second glance at this book. "How to Hide" is essentially a how-to guide for completely leaving your current life behind and going somewhere else to start all over. Author David Wilkening gives plenty of potential reasons some may feel this is their only course of action - divorce, abuse, witnessing a crime and feeling unsafe or vulnerable, etc. From the very beginning, Wilkening takes the responsible route with a number of disclaimers. He notes several times that the steps in the book are not for those looking to commit illegal acts or trying to get out of paying their bills. He further discusses the negative effects a disappearance might have on those left behind. In fact, the first 34 pages are dedicated to these disclaimers, possible repercussions with jilted loved ones, and the overall seriousness of disappearing. He makes it crystal clear that hiding is not a subject to be taken lightly. After reading "How to Hide" I realized it wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, specifically with regard to 'assets'. I define 'assets' as anything of value - cars, boats, homes, investment accounts, etc. So 'taking your assets with you' by this definition would mean a way to maintain ownership of these items when disappearing. However, the advice given in the book said to sell everything and take only what you can fit in your car or on your person - hardly feasible if you have a large amount of 'assets'. Upon finishing, I concluded that 'assets' for the purpose of this book meant 'cash'. Wilkening does give a thorough amount of information on off-shore bank accounts but this is hardly practical for a majority of readers that aren't looking to hide, much less those that are. While it's definitely an option, his focused audience - the bankrupt, the divorced, and the abused - most likely cannot use this information in their respective realities. "How to Hide: A Practical Guide to Vanishing and Taking Your Assets with You" is still an interesting read, written in a clear and concise style for those truly needing to disappear and start over. While there are enough editing errors to warrant mention, they did not deter from the book's overall impact. The book is otherwise well organized and researched and David Wilkening does a fine job presenting the information at a level all readers can understand and apply. Reviewed by Vicki Landes, author of "Europe for the Senses - A Photographic Journal"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2011

    Don't Waste Your Money

    There's nothing in this book you couldn't find on the internet--no secret formulas or tricks to hiding your identity or your assets. Some of the information is just plain wrong--for example, contrary to what the author states, you can renew an international driving permit. And just to make matters worse, the poorly-bound book literally falls apart in your hands! Spend a couple of hours on the web and you'll find everything in this book.

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