Is your estate and financial legacy safely moving into the hands of those you love when you die?
To avoid having the government make decisions about how your assets are distributed after your death, it is important to create and implement a comprehensive estate plan. Also, your estate will go to the persons you choose rather than passing into the hands of strangers. It also permits you to choose someone you trust to make important choices about your care and finances if you become unable to do so yourself.
Methods of transferring wealth range from:
If the future of your investment portfolio management is well-organized and carried out, not only will it reduce the benefactor’s tax liability, but it will also provide substantial financial benefits to the beneficiary’s loved ones. However, if an estate is not managed properly, it can lead to resentment and hurt feelings among relatives. The wrong people can get their hands on your money too. Getting the help you need to create a solid estate plan may be a simple process, but you must seek it. An estate planner, investment portfolio manager and financial advisor can work together to ensure that your assets are managed properly when you’re alive and when you die they are dispersed in accordance to your wish and in a tax-efficient manner.
- Family-owned and operated businesses
- Gifting before to death
- Superannuation and life insurance policy death benefit nominations
- A well written will
A Last Will and Testament Is Necessary
Is your will up-to-date? The time has come to start planning for the future of your investment portfolio.
Having a well-organized and up-to-date “will” should be your first priority when thinking about estate planning. Once you pass away, a will details what happens to your possessions and any money you have. If you die without leaving a will, the state will decide who gets your property and all that you have accrued in your investment portfolio overtime, which may be someone you wouldn’t want to inherit from you.
It is shocking to learn that more than half of Australians will die without a will in place, especially given how easy and affordable it is to create one. The likelihood of a legal challenge to your will decreases significantly if a professional helps you prepare and phrase your will. You should also save a copy of your will in a safe place and give a copy to your attorney and executor to make sure your efforts are not in vain.
Gifting Money and Assets During Your Lifetime
With proper planning, you may be able to avoid paying taxes on gifts made during your lifetime.
Even though drafting a will is the initial step in estate planning, you may want to think about how to share your fortune while you are still living. Naturally, this technique requires sound financial counsel from an adviser who specialises in estate planning. You should plan for your own retirement needs, such as health care costs as you age and your desired standard of living, before deciding how to distribute your estate. Consideration must also be paid to the impact on pension and benefits for the elderly. If you transfer wealth that is worth more than $10,000 per year or $30,000 over five years, you may lose some or all of your Centrelink benefits. Also, of note, as they may play a role in the transfer of wealth, are capital gains tax and stamp duty. Make an appointment with your accountant to go over the potential outcomes and consequences of such a wealth transfer.
Be Wise in Your Tax Approach
The transfer of wealth through one’s own super is common. Sometimes people pass away and leave behind a sizable quantity of super. The benefactor’s superannuation amount can be transferred to their children if they so want, however the children may be subject to a death benefits tax of 15% as well as a Medicare fee. Most of the time, this is because the children in question have reached an age when they are no longer considered State dependents. If the donor withdrew the superannuation and left it to the beneficiaries in a will, this problem would never arise. However, this method has consequences, so it’s best to discuss it with a financial expert and portfolio manager in Australia beforehand. As soon as retirement savings are withdrawn, they enter the taxable realm, making timely withdrawal crucial.
The question of whether or not your estate’s real property will be a pre-Capital Gains Tax asset is equally important to think about. It is important to consult with both a financial planner or portfolio manager and an attorney while you make your estate plan. To ensure that any plan is effective and worthwhile, it is important to assess a number of factors before putting any into action.
A beneficiary may be considered “at risk” due to factors such as their health or the stability of their relationship. In order to guarantee that your wealth transfer is structured in a way that is beneficial to your loved ones and maintains your legacy, it is vital to consider all possible scenarios within your family. The future of your riches is something that should be discussed with your family.
You can take measures, such as establishing a testamentary trust or making a binding designation on your superannuation, to safeguard your assets and prevent them from going to those you never intended to benefit from them.
Keeping the Dialogue Open
It’s never too early to start discussing your legacy with the people who are meant to receive it. One of the most helpful things a donor can do is to start the dialogue about the future of their fortune from an acceptable yet early age, laying the groundwork for a lifetime of financial success. When the time comes to give presents or sell assets in your investment portfolio, having had these discussions beforehand will ensure a seamless process. Although discussing one’s wealth openly within one’s family may make some people uncomfortable, doing so allows for more honest communication and gives the donor a chance to express their true wishes on the distribution of their estate. If you want to avoid disputes and stress, it’s best to talk about money ahead of time, even if it’s uncomfortable. You should bring up the topic of testamentary trusts so that your heirs (your children) will benefit rather than your ex-spouse in the event of a divorce.
Reach out to Omura Wealth Advisers now to schedule a session with some of the top financial advisors and portfolio managers in Australia to have a foresight about the future of your properties and investment portfolio.