Preparing for your family’s future
Estate planning can include preparation of your Will, along with other directions on how you want your assets distributed after your death.
It may also include documents that govern things while you are still alive. For example, how you will be cared for, medically and financially, if you become unable to make your own decisions in the future.
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Generally, a good estate plan will include looking at:
- The assessment of assets
- The assessment of likely taxation
- Advice regarding the possibility of claims against the estate by third parties
- The protection of assets
Some key documents in your estate planning might include a:
- A Will
- A testamentary discretionary trust within your Will
- Superannuation death nominations
- Appointing an “enduring power of attorney”
- Appointing an “enduring guardian”
- An advance health care direction
If you have made a binding nomination in your superannuation or insurance policies, the beneficiaries named in those policies will override anyone mentioned in your Will.
If you have a family trust, the trust continues and its assets will also be distributed according to the trust deed, no matter what is written in your Will.
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A good estate plan should minimise the tax paid by your heirs and help avoid any family squabbles in the future!
Remember, estate planning is an active process of re-evaluating the estate as circumstances in your life change!
This can include:
- Newly married couples or those going through divorce or a breakdown of relationship
- A change to the family’s asset pool
- A change in working conditions such as the buying or selling of a business
- Changes to superannuation, insurance policies or taxation levels
- The establishment of discretionary trusts
A successful plan is made involving all family members as it will take into account not only provisions for your retirement income but also the plans, aptitudes and existing assets of younger generations.
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