Legal,Personal Finance,Trusts, Wills & Estates

Estate Planning in 2016

26 Jan , 2016  

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The start of the new year is the perfect time to think about the future and get your affairs in order particularly if your circumstances have changed. An estate plan helps you structure your financial affairs, not only for yourself during your lifetime but also for those dearest to you when you’re no longer here. […]

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Legal,Retirement,Small Business

Business Succession – the Legal Basics

3 Nov , 2015  

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Business succession planning is about planning for the future. It is about making sure that your family and employees won’t be left in the lurch is something happens to you. It is about planning for retirement, and planning for sudden illness, injury or death. It is about making sure your family will not be stressed […]

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Legal,Trusts, Wills & Estates

Charitable Trusts v Gifts to Charity

7 Sep , 2015  

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Aussies give a lot to charity, and we’re proud of it. Giving to charity in your Will is a noble thing to do. Many charities rely on the bequests they get, and many well-known charitable trusts have been established by Wills. These include the Archibald Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. In addition, there are […]

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Legal,Trusts, Wills & Estates

A Case Study on Estate Proceed Trusts

1 Jul , 2015  

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This case study will illustrate what an estate proceeds trust is, and how it can be used when the Will was a basic Will that didn’t set up the trust itself. In this example, Nicole’s husband Daniel has died in an accident. They have two primary school aged children, Michael and Melissa. Nicole and Daniel […]

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Retirement,Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF),Superannuation,Trusts, Wills & Estates

Considerations For Your SMSF Estate Plan

28 May , 2015  

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In planning for your future, your SMSF will be a large part of it, so plan wisely while considering possible situations. Among those different situations, be prepared for the worst one, such as the death or illness of a spouse, however unpleasant it is to think of. Perhaps if one is more involved than the […]

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Family & Divorce Law,Legal,Trusts, Wills & Estates

I have a blended family. Should I prepare an estate plan?

30 Apr , 2015  

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Did you know that one in three marriages ends in divorce? It’s really no surprise then, that the number of blended families in Australia is rising. A blended family (or a step family) is simply a family where one, or both, parents have children from a previous marriage. If you, or someone you know, are […]

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Legal,Trusts, Wills & Estates

5 Reasons Why I Should Appoint Guardians For My Children

28 Apr , 2015  

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If you have children, you can’t leave their future uncertain. Updating our Wills is usually the item on our ‘list of things to do’ that never gets done. Quite often, if our Wills aren’t up to date, or we don’t get the proper advice, and our Will doesn’t actually protect our children or our loved […]

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Legal,Trusts, Wills & Estates

Appointing an Executor of Your Will and Trustee of Your Estate

31 Mar , 2015  

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An executor is the person you appoint in your Will to administer your estate after you die. They are also known as your legal personal representative, and their role converts to the trustee of your estate, particularly if any of your estate is to be held for a beneficiary. It is very important who you […]

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Legal,Trusts, Wills & Estates

Is Estate Planning Just For The Elderly

23 Mar , 2015  

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This is a very easy question to answer – NO, Estate Planning is for everyone. A good Estate Plan requires the involvement of skilled legal, accounting and financial specialists, to ensure that the right assets end up in the right hands at the right time. Estate Planning does not just mean you have to have […]

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