Sometimes people designate the financial services entity at which an account is to be maintained in a will. If there isn't such a designation, I can't see any reason why you would be obligated to do so. Even if you want to do business elsewhere, it will be cheaper for you to have the assets moved into your own Edward Jones account and then transfer the account through what is called an "ACAT" to the firm of your choosing.
If you're conducting business in California and deriving income from that business in California, you are subject to California taxation no matter where the company is registered or incorporated. That being said, Wyoming and other states have favorable laws to address on-line sales of products by entities incorporated in their respective states.
If your corporate entity is incorporated in a US state or territory, it is considered to be a company within the United States, notwithstanding who owns the shares.
If you don't want the Chinese company (or its officers/directors) to be subject to US laws, I would suggest incorporating your corporation somewhere outside the US.
You not only need an immigration attorney but a securities/corporate attorney to guide you in performing due diligence on your investment opportunities, providing the proper corporate structure and the review of corporate docments. There are many good attorneys who can assist here on AVVO. My firm has offices in NYC as well and handles these sorts of matters reguarly.
I'm sorry to hear about your issues with your FOREX company. This has been an interesting area of regulation, as the National Futures Association (www.nfa.futures.org) generally oversees the FOREX industry here in the US. However, the regulatory scheme is relatively recent and many FOREX firms are way out of compliance in many regards with everything from privacy regulations to advertising.
There is simply no excuse for a firm not to return your funds when requested, assuming you're not (a)...
I've had some experience myself dealing with the Comptroller's office in Sacramento to release escheated property. It isn't easy, although at first it may appear as much. You are going to have to provide all of the back-up for the accounts (you're going to have to get that from the brokerage firm), a certified death certificate and most likely certified documents from the court where the estate was originally probated. The process from filing to a decision is 180 days. And you may have to...
You can certainly name the individuals as defendants. But from what you're saying, these people may have been somewhat tangential to the fraud at issue. One thing you should remember is that in any state (including Tennessee), fraud needs to be stated with "particularity." That means the exact who, what, where, when, and motive of each act of the fraud needs to be spelled out. In addition, given that you believe there is wire fraud involved (and likely National Stolen Property Act as well),...
You are thinking of the EB-5 program. You have to invest money (500k - 1mm) in job creating entities and money needs to be at risk. If you're thinking about getting involved with one of these programs to obtain a green card, you not only need an immigration attorney but you ABSOLUTELY need a securities attorney to review the offering documents and bona fides of the offering. Further, EB-5 sponsors charge a service fee on top of the investment, usually 2-10%.