Estate planning

What is estate planning?

Estate planning ensures that the wealth you have built is transferred to your beneficiaries smoothly, tax-effectively and most importantly, according to your wishes.

Your estate plan incorporates your will and much more. Your will is a legal document that outlines your wishes and names the executor of your estate. This is the person who will have the responsibility of carrying out your wishes as outlined in your will. Find out the responsibilities of an executor.

Your estate plan may also include putting structures in place to aid a tax effective transfer of assets, drawing up legal documents such as powers of attorney, having provisions to provide for your family or setting up a charitable legacy.

Who needs an estate plan?

Estate planning is essential for everyone, but is particularly important if you: 

  • have married, become de-facto, separated or divorced 
  • have children or step children 
  • have family members with special needs 
  • have recently bought or sold major assets 
  • are buying, selling or operating a business 
  • have a family trust, DIY super fund or company.

What’s next?

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