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Reversionary pension vs BDBN: which outcome is preferred?

Joseph Cheung ([email protected]), Lawyer and Bryce Figot ([email protected]), Special Counsel, DBA Lawyers Imagine a conflict between pension documentation and a binding death benefit nomination (‘BDBN’) in a self managed superannuation fund (‘SMSF’) context. For example, the pension documentation states that the pension is reversionary to the surviving spouse; however, the BDBN states that the death [read more]

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DBA Lawyers’ SMSF governing rules

Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers  Not only does DBA Lawyers have the best SMSF governing rules and related SMSF documents available, we offer many value added benefits that are not available elsewhere. Recent changes to DBA Lawyers’ SMSF governing rules The new and improved version of the DBA Lawyers’ SMSF governing rules come with [read more]

The trustee–member rules explained: Part 2

By Kimberley Noah ([email protected]), Lawyer,and William Fettes ([email protected]), Senior Associate, DBA Lawyers The trustee–member rules set out in s 17A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth)(‘SISA’) must be satisfied on an ongoing basis by each self managed superannuation fund (‘SMSF’). Indeed, it is critical that advisers and SMSF trustees are mindful of these [read more]

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Reconciling inconsistencies between reversionary pension nominations and BDBNs

By William Fettes ([email protected]), Senior Associate and Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers Under the ATO view set out in TR 2013/5, a member’s pension ceases for tax law purposes on their death unless an eligible dependant is automatically entitled to receive the pension as a reversionary beneficiary. A nomination will broadly fail to satisfy [read more]

DBA Lawyers’ Annual Update Service for SMSF deeds

By William Fettes,Senior Associate,([email protected]), DBA Lawyers The website for DBA Lawyers’ Annual Update Service has been updated with a number of improvements for subscribers, including a fully integrated user experience for those clients who are registered with DBA Online— our online ordering platform. This article sets out the numerous benefits and features of the service [read more]

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The trustee–member rules explained: Part 1

By Kimberley Noah ([email protected]), Lawyer, and William Fettes ([email protected]), Senior Associate, DBA Lawyers The trustee–member rules are one of the most fundamental concepts underlying the operation of self managed superannuation funds (‘SMSF’). These rules are found in s 17A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth) (‘SISA’) and form part of the key conditions that [read more]

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The legal minefield of BDBNs (updated)

Binding death benefit nominations have numerous points of failure as evidenced by recent litigation. To implement BDBNs properly there must be a strong deed foundation, precise and careful wording, and ideally no service or notification requirements. Additionally, the nomination should also be integrated as part of the member’s succession and estate planning. [read more]

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Family Law SuperSplitting Documents for SMSFs

By: Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers ([email protected]) DBA Lawyers, working in consultation with Australia’s leading SuperSplitting legal expert Stephen Bourke, prepares Family Law SuperSplitting documents for SMSFs. We prepare a suite of draft documents based on the instructions for an SMSF member undertaking a superannuation split. The documents are tailored to the member’s circumstances and [read more]

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Work test exemption passes without bring-forward rule complications

By William Fettes ([email protected]), Senior Associate and Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers The work test exemption (‘WTE’) allows individuals aged 65 to 74 to make voluntary contributions to superannuation for an additional 12-month period from the end of the financial year in which they last met the work test, subject to their total superannuation [read more]