Transfer of Property on Death

Transfer of Property on Death

Ever wonder what happens to your property when you die? Well, it all depends on how the property was owned during your lifetime. If you currently own property as joint proprietors with another person, this property will go to the surviving proprietor on the death of one.  When this happens, we would complete an Application…

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What happens after Probate?

What happens after Probate?

Once it has been determined that a Grant of Representation is required and it has been obtained, it is now time to deal with the assets of the estate. The first step is for the executors to decide what to do with each asset. Any assets that have been specifically gifted to a beneficiary will…

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Who should I name as my Superannuation beneficiary?

Who should I name as my Superannuation beneficiary?

As part of our estate planning services, we will talk to you about your superannuation and if you have a binding death benefit nomination in place. Generally, your superannuation does not form part of your estate and is not distributed under your Will. If you do not have a binding death nomination in place upon…

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Looking After Vulnerable Beneficiaries – Protective Trusts

Looking After Vulnerable Beneficiaries- Protective Trusts

Many clients come to us with questions about how to look after someone with particular needs after their death. This could be an adult child with a disability or an adult child whom you are concerned will simply waste their inheritance. Whilst there are several options for these beneficiaries depending on your circumstances, one of…

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What is a Discretionary Testamentary Trust (DTT)?

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In essence, a DTT is a structure that can be put in your Will that can save your beneficiaries from paying unnecessary tax, and may offer other protections to your beneficiaries as well. Under a Will with no DTT, everything passes directly to your beneficiary – let’s say your spouse. In simplistic terms, your spouse…

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What happens if you die without a Will? Intestacy Laws in Victoria

What happens if you die without a Will? Intestacy Laws in Victoria

Should a person die without a valid Will an “intestacy” arises. This means that the deceased’s estate would be distributed as per rules set out in legislation. Some of the downfalls of intestacy include not having control over who benefits from your estate, who administers your estate or who is appointed the guardian of your…

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