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Reversionary pension vs BDBN: which outcome is preferred?

Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director 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 benefits [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]

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Can a surviving spouse claim their deceased spouse’s super when they are also the executor of their estate?

Shaun Backhaus), Lawyer ([email protected]) and Daniel Butler, Director ([email protected]), DBA Lawyers  The recent case of Gonciarz v Bienias [2019] WASC 104 (‘Gonciarz’) continues a line of cases that consider the conflict that arises where a person acts as executor or administrator of a deceased estate while also applying to receive superannuation death benefits in their [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]

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Is an alternate director for an SMSF better than a successor director? Part 2

Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers We compare the option of a director nominating an alternate director in contrast to nominating a successor director in a self managed superannuation fund (‘SMSF’) context to determine which is better. In Part 1 of our series, we considered how alternate directors are problematic in an SMSF context. In [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]