Beware estate planning issues with aged care

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As our population gets older (and lives longer), the likelihood that an elderly parent will need to go into a nursing home is increasing. Usually this requires having to make a payment to the nursing home for the privilege of being accommodated there – either by way of a Refundable Accommodation Deposit (“RAD”) or for […]

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Can grandchildren be beneficiaries of BDBNs?

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Often a member of a superannuation fund (whether self-managed, industry or retail superannuation fund) will want to provide for their spouse and, if the spouse should predecease them to their children and, if one of the children predeceases them, to the issue of the deceased child; that is, their grandchildren. Consider the position of Xander […]

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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 […]

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Helping one of your children with a home deposit

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More parents are contemplating helping children enter the home market. Whilst the banks are starting to relax their lending criteria, with the now sky high prices of real estate in the major capital cities, the “Bank of Mum and Dad” is still very much in demand. But don’t just give them the money! There are […]

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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 […]

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What is collaborative intergenerational estate planning?

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Example 1: Planning while family is able to decide It’s estate planning which involves thinking outside the immediate family unit and looking at future generations. A key issue is in protecting assets for generations from creditors and unexpected financial threats. Let’s say you’re a medical doctor in sole practice, so you’ve been very careful over […]

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10 ways to protect your SMSF from loss of mental capacity

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If you have a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF), you need to plan ahead to ensure that it can still keep going if you lost mental capacity due to dementia (or other reasons such as suffering a stroke). Otherwise the fund’s assets and operations could be frozen, resulting in losses from being unable to buy or […]

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Life insurance estate-planning trap with proposal to transfer small accounts

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The Government’s Budget proposal to strengthen the ATO-led consolidation regime by requiring the transfer of all inactive superannuation accounts where the balances are below $6,000 to the ATO.  The aim being to reunite these inactive superannuation accounts with the member’s active account may have drastic unintended consequences where a member has deliberately maintained a small […]

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Beware the estate planning transfer balance cap

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So what is this “estate planning transfer balance cap trap” that can arise from adopting the mirror reversionary pension strategy? More importantly, is there a way to avoid it? Well, it all stems from how the Transfer Balance Account works. Let’s begin with a bit of a refresher: As we all know, the Transfer Balance […]

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Family trusts – a growing force in the Australian economy

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Family trusts have always been an important structure for business planning, tax planning and estate planning, mainly due to their tax efficiency, asset protection, flexibility and succession possibilities. Increasingly, they are being used for retirement-planning purposes following the Government’s introduction of more measures limiting the ability to make both concessional (up to $25,000 per year) […]

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