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11/09/2017

New profit centre for Accountants and Financial Advisers: Setting up a business structure

New profit centre for Accountants and Financial Advisers: Setting up a business structure This week is you setting up business structures for your clients. We have seen a 400% increase in Family Trusts and Unit Trusts being built on our website over the last 12 months. Baby boomers are refusing […]
25/08/2017

New profit centre for Accountants and Financial Advisers: Estate Planning

  New profit centre for Accountants and Financial Advisers: Estate Planning I hope you enjoyed last week's new area of practice: updating SMSF Deeds.  This week's new profit centre is Estate Planning. Some people incorrectly believe that Estate Planning is about a lawyer making a Will. I have prepared an […]
25/03/2017

CGT on dead wife’s wedding ring. Faults in Will drafting.

  CGT on dead wife’s wedding ring. Faults in Will drafting. Capital Gains Tax on dead people's jewellery - CGT death duty on a wedding ring Sometimes people make a mistake and name a Specific Gift in their Will. For example, ‘my wedding ring to my daughter’. The result may […]
17/11/2016

Can you abandon a gift in a Will to keep the pension?

Can you abandon a gift in a Will to keep the pension? The Financial Planner carefully structures Mary’s affairs. Mary receives a $1 pension and Concession Card. But then, Mary’s mother dies. Mum’s Will leaves everything to Mary. The inheritance costs Mary her $1 pension and Concession Card. Mary has […]
07/11/2016

Mum dies, baby pays 66% tax

Taxing minor children upon parent's death - use of Post-Death Testamentary Trust In a perfect world, you build a 3-Generation Testamentary Trust in your Will. When you die, your Estate is tax-free for 80 years. A 3-Generation Testamentary Trust washes out the de-facto death duties: Capital Gains Tax, Stamp Duty […]
23/10/2016

Unsigned Will still valid – Statutory Will

Unsigned Will of dead Athena White; Parry v Smith What do you do with an unsigned Will? The Will was never signed. However, the Chief Justice said the Will was still valid. Under  s.21(2)  Succession Act, an order authorising a statutory is only made while the Will maker is still alive.  […]
11/08/2016

Go bankrupt lose Super? Bankrupt widow keeps Super

Go bankrupt lose Super? Bankrupt lose Super. But isn't Superannuation protected from bankrupcty? The 3 common safe havens to protect assets from insolvency are: ‘Clean skin’ Family Trusts (eg, doesn't employ people) Low-risk spouse (eg. spouse is a school teacher) Superannuation With huge wealth moving into Super the Trustee-in-Bankruptcy has its […]
20/07/2016

Are Family Trusts replacing Self-Managed Super funds?

Are Family Trusts replacing Self-Managed Super funds? We are seeing a renewed interest from professionals for Family Trusts. Family Trusts built on our website have surged 38% in the last 12 weeks. Conversely, SMSFs have dropped by 23%. On speaking with professionals it appears that clients are losing confidence in […]