Borrowing strategy banned from testamentary trust concessions

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Recently the government passed new laws which limit the treatment of income from a testamentary trust paid to minor beneficiaries of the trust as “excepted trust income” (which would be taxed at adult tax rates, including the all-important tax free threshold of currently $18,200 per year) only to property transferred to the testamentary trust from

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Why every property investor needs a Testamentary Trust Will

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Whether you just own your own home, or you have an expansive investment property portfolio, you need to have a Testamentary Trust Will. A Testamentary Trust Will is simply a Will that contains one or more special trusts that act very much like a discretionary family trust that is only set up after you die.

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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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