Probate – a detailed overview from SuperCentral

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The process of probate may seem straightforward but, depending on the complexity of a client’s estate plan, along with family dynamics, it is not always easy to navigate. Here we cover some of the frequently asked questions about probate. What is probate? Simply, probate is the validating of a Will. Why does probate need to... Read more continue reading

Estate planning – overcoming client objections

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Financial advisers are ideally positioned to initiate and project manage the process of implementing an estate plan. Unfortunately, there are those clients who don’t believe they need an estate plan or feel that having made a Will is sufficient to protection for their estate. In this article by Zurich, common objections – and possible responses... Read more continue reading

Estate planning – where there’s a Will there’s a way

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Often, when people think of estate planning, they focus on the consequences following death. As a result, they often do not appreciate that there are many documents which need to be properly drafted as part of their estate planning. Of those, the Will is a key document, along with Powers of Attorney, and Testamentary Trusts.... Read more continue reading

Planning mistakes blended families make – planning for retirement more than financial

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Six planning mistakes for blended families to avoid Blended families should take a holistic approach to estate planning and how they pass on their wealth, because getting it wrong can cause irreparable damage to their finances and their family relationships, according to Stanford Brown private wealth adviser, Kirsten Lynn. “Tax effectiveness and asset protection are... Read more continue reading

What can a widow expect from husband’s estate?

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What can a widow expect from her husband’s estate?  The NSW Court of Appeal recently gave us their guidelines. Several months ago we discussed the decision in Steinmetz v Shannon [2019] from the viewpoint of the disagreement among the judges relating to ‘testamentary freedom’ (the ability to draft your will as you wish) and what if any... Read more continue reading

R*E*S*P*E*C*T: find out what it means for your Will

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The recent case involving the estate of American soul music legend Aretha Franklin highlights the importance of ensuring all family members–especially the sick and elderly–are aware of the details of their Will, says Australian Unity Trustees’ National Manager of Estate Planning, Anna Hacker. Ms Hacker says too many Australians apply a “set and forget” approach... Read more continue reading

Minimising assets in an estate that is subject to challenge

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Brian Hor at Townsends Law thinks there should be some thought given and preparation around seeking to minimise challenges to an estate by making pre-emptive decisions, such as: Transferring assets before death Transferring assets during the owner’s lifetime to one or more persons being the intended beneficiary/ies of the assets after the owner’s death. Depending... Read more continue reading

Can grandparents protect their grandkids’ inheritance?

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If their kids don’t get on with one of the grandkids maybe the grandparents should act to protect that grandchild’s inheritance. Being an estate planning lawyer means very often having to ask the hard questions – questions about their family that can make people a little uncomfortable.  I had to ask one of those the... Read more continue reading

Estate planning and insurance

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Improving the financial outlook for the family is the key driver for most Australians, yet many fail to fortify that legacy through sound estate planning and adequate insurance. In this article, Zurich examines the importance of estate planning and within that, the role played by insurance, the funding mechanism for a comprehensive estate plan. The... Read more continue reading

Brace yourselves: A claim against your Will is coming

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It seems that along with dragons and Westeros, the idea that a person has substantial discretion in how to gift their estate on their death is a myth. Those left underwhelmed by the conclusion of the final season of Game of Thrones need look no further than the recent ruling on Steinmetz v Shannon [2019] to satiate... Read more continue reading