Trusts, Wills & Estates

The Sandwich Generation

26 Jan , 2016  

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You have elderly parents who need more of your attention, and your children are young adults but they are still at home. You are stuck between them. You are torn between them. You have obligations to both of them, and you thought you’d have some freedom by now! Just when your children should be grown […]

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Family & Divorce Law,Legal,Personal Finance

Family Trust Succession

3 Nov , 2015  

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I have written previously about the amount of wealth that the baby boomer generation has in small businesses in Australia, and that the transfer of that wealth will happen over the next 10 years as baby boomers retire. A significant number of family businesses are run in family discretionary trusts, so the control and succession […]

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

Dealing with Vulnerable Beneficiaries and Protective Trusts

1 Jul , 2015  

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In each family there is often a financially irresponsible child, but when it goes one step further and that child is a gambler, or has drug or alcohol problems, you will probably want to make sure that your child does not squander your hard-earned estate when they inherit it. Cutting them out of the Will […]

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