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Binding Death Benefit Nomination

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Binding Death Benefit Nomination (BDBN)$1,250
* Additional fees for hardcopy documents apply, Click here.
Pricing includes GST.

What’s Included:

  • Covering letter and BDBN completion checklist
  • The member’s nomination
  • Trustee resolutions
  • Notification letter
  • Memo outlining key information on BDBNs.

Why should I have a BDBN?

A member’s superannuation benefit (along with any applicable insurance proceeds received by the member’s fund) is often the member’s most significant asset at the time of their death apart from their family home. However, many people are unaware that their will does not cover what happens with their superannuation.

Under most SMSF deeds, the payment of a member’s death benefit is left to the trustee’s discretion unless there is a BDBN that removes the trustee’s discretion to choose between the legal personal representative (LPR, eg, executor) or a dependant of the deceased member.

Accordingly, a BDBN can play a crucial role and provide much greater certainty as to who gets the member’s superannuation proceeds on their death. It is also vital that a person’s BDBN is prepared in conjunction with their estate and succession plans, including their will; ie, a wholistic approach is needed rather than focusing merely on a BDBN as the BDBN is one part of a person’s estate plan.

SMSF governing rules

DBA Lawyers’ BDBN service requires a DBA Lawyers’ SMSF deed which is no more than 5 years. An extra fee applies if we are to prepare a BDBN based on another deed supplier. Click here for information on an SMSF deed update.

Many SMSFs have numerous documents forming part of the fund’s deed history (including any change of trustee documents). Note that all prior documents impact the effectiveness of subsequent documents. Thus, if there is any shortcoming or issue with the fund’s deed history, these shortcomings or issues can undermine the effectiveness of BDBNs and other strategies. We provide an SMSF Deed History Review service to review all prior documents. Please click here for further information.

Scope of BDBN service

This service covers:

  • a percentage share of the member’s death benefit is specified for each dependant and/or LPR nominated; and
  • the member to specify a cascading direction using a first tier and second tier nomination (eg, in the event that a first tier dependant predeceases the member, the benefit is paid to the second tier dependant/LPR).

However, more complex requests may fall outside the above scope and a premium service may be required for an additional fee. Some of these examples include:

  • payment of specific interest to a member’s dependants or to their LPR; or
  • payment of a specific asset (eg, a real estate) to a dependant.

We can provide an estimate for our premium BDBN service once we confirm your instructions and background details, including a copy of your current SMSF deed, will, pension and any other relevant documents.

To assist in determining if you require our premium tailored BDBN service, click here.

Click here to contact us regarding our premium service offering for BDBNs.

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