Estate Planning is more than just a Will

It is never too soon to begin the Estate Planning process. It is much more than simply making a Will. Estate Planning is all about ensuring your assets are distributed to your chosen beneficiaries, distributed according to your wishes in the most financially efficient and tax effective way.

Inadequate Estate Planning comes at a cost. The worst case might see the “wrong” people inheriting your estate. Or the cost might be expensive legal or trustee company fees or perhaps heartache for your family and friends.

Surprisingly, 50% of Australians do not have a Will.

For those who don’t, the law determines who inherits their belongings.  Their spouse and children may not automatically be the main beneficiaries. That is why it is so important to regularly review an Estate Plan, particularly if personal circumstances change. If you re-marry, become divorced, commence living in a de-facto relationship, have a blended family (consisting your own children and step children), or have new members in the family… should review your Estate Plan.

A well constructed Estate Plan can help to avoid unexpected taxes and protect assets from claims and challenges. Our advice is to consider choosing someone to be your Power of Attorney, name someone in your Will to become your children’s legal guardian, list your beneficiaries in your insurance policies and nominate binding beneficiaries in your super fund.

Make your Estate Plan easy to administer for your executors. Talk to us about a referral today.

This website contains general advice which does not consider your particular circumstances. You should seek advice from Wakefield Partners who can consider if the general advice is right for you.