What happens to my super fund if I pass away? Can I put it in my Will?

Your superannuation fund (i.e. ‘super fund’) may be a major, if not the largest, asset of yours. When managing your estate and assets it is crucial understand how your superannuation benefits are dealt with after your death. How are my super benefits dealt with?   Your super fund is managed by a board of trustees (‘the trustees’) … Read more

Can I Exclude Someone from My Will?

“Where there’s a Will, there are 500 relatives.”   In making a Will, it can be just as challenging to decide who to exclude from your estate as it is to decide who is to benefit from it. People often think ‘it’s my Will, so I get the final say’. However, Australia laws prevents Will-makers, also … Read more

Don’t have a Will? Rules of Intestacy will apply! 

To Will or not to Will? Let’s explore the legislative rules that apply in the event of you passing without one.   What are the Rules of Intestacy?  If you don’t have a will, you are said to have died ‘intestate’ upon death. As such, the Rules of Intestacy will apply.   This means the … Read more

I have inherited property – what happens now?

Itis never easy dealing with the loss of a relative or close friend. Having some understanding of how property transfers from deceased estates are treated can alleviate the stress from managing the remaining assets and belongings of your lost loved one.   What is a ‘Deceased estate’?  A deceased estate is anything owned by the person … Read more

DIY Wills – what are the risks? 

Making a Will is the essential step in estate planning – outlining your wishes and how your loved ones are to be cared for when you are no longer around. Surprisingly, some people still feel that spending money on ensuring a Will is validly prepared is unwarranted. While DIY Wills and DIY Will Kits are money … Read more

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When should I start thinking about writing a Will?

While this is a sensitive topic and you may be hesitant asking your friends and family, having a plan is important for peace of mind. Here we address some of the common reasons people put off preparing their Will.  ‘I don’t have any assets’  It’s not unusual for many to believe that they don’t have … Read more