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Succession Planning Webinar

On Friday 5 August 2022, Bryce Figot, Special Counsel of DBA Lawyers, will be presenting an SMSF Succession Planning Webinar. Bryce will present a face-to-face practical, step-by-step guide on how to ensure that a member’s SMSF benefits are appropriately dealt with upon their incapacity or death. It is designed for financial planners, accountants, auditors, SMSF [read more]

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What to watch out for when an SMSF trustee is deregistered

Overview A corporate trustee is strongly recommended compared to individual trustees. However, issues can arise if the company’s compliance slips, and the company is deregistered. We examine a case here to showcase the issues that can arise where the remaining fund member died without a will and without any succession plans in place for the [read more]

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New pension laws just made!

On Monday 4 April 2022 the Government made new laws impacting pensions (see the Treasury Laws Amendment (Allowing Commutation of Certain Income Streams) Regulations 2022 (Cth)). Those in particular with legacy pensions should pay close attention! Over 200 years ago, on 7 March 1795, English newspaper The Hull Advertiser announced that ‘[t]he licence to wear hair [read more]

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Exiting certain legacy pensions — new strategic opportunity!

New laws provide a strategic opportunity for exiting certain legacy pensions. We will cover this opportunity in great detail in a webinar to be held at 12 noon (AEST) Thursday 28 April 2022. Those who can’t attend can watch a recorded version. To register visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3108445138265877264 In this article we detail the preliminary ‘ins and [read more]

Your guide to an SMSF exit plan

Planning your exit: a guide to SMSF succession planning — Part 2

This article is part of a series of articles on SMSF succession planning. In Part 2 of the series we examine the tax considerations that arise in relation to paying superannuation death benefits comprising a taxable component. We also consider the options and pitfalls associated with planning to make a timely payment of benefits to [read more]

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Are SMSF wills really ‘safer’ than BDBNs?

Soon the High Court will hand down a judgement being the appeal from Hill v Zuda Pty Ltd [2021] WASCA 59 which will definitively answer (among other things) whether an SMSF binding death benefit nomination (BDBN) can last either indefinitely or a maximum of only three years. Some in the SMSF industry have suggested that [read more]

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High Court to decide how long can a BDBN last for!

For many years there was debate in the SMSF industry as to whether an SMSF binding death benefit nomination (BDBN) could last indefinitely. A number of supreme court cases from several different Australian states have held that an SMSF BDBN can last indefinitely, so long as the deed is written to provide for this. Then, [read more]

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SMSF Wills versus BDBNs — what is best?

Overview SMSF Wills have become a topical issue in recent times as some claim they have certain advantages over binding death benefit nominations (BDBNs). This article briefly examines SMSF Wills and compares them to BDBNs. In broad terms, it is DBA Lawyers’ view that SMSF Wills are subject to significant legal risk, and therefore, we [read more]