Two court cases have laid the blame for poor SMSF documentation and investments at the feet of auditors. It’s not a ‘tick and flick’ exercise and there are lessons for SMSF trustees and professionals.
Author Archive | Donal Griffin
The final act in the Colleen McCullough drama was a messy court case pitting her former husband against a Foundation, and featured unreliable witnesses the court did not trust.
Carers may have a legitimate claim to an estate even if the deceased suffered from dementia when making a subsequent will. The Court seeks to establish whether testamentary capacity was disabled.
The success of this claim on John Hemmes’ estate and the unexpected amount involved provides a reminder to ensure you have a robust estate plan in place.
Rule changes are causing modifications in expert advice on super beneficiaries and estate planning, and this checklist can guide your decisions or discussions with your chosen adviser.
Using the example of an artist’s body of work being highly sought-after once the artist dies highlights the importance of appointing the right executors – ones that will handle your affairs the way you intended.
When combining family and financial matters, what starts out well can turn ugly. Not only should such dealings be properly documented, but also conducted in strict accordance with those documents.
Superannuation is increasingly attracting the attention of people who expected to be beneficiaries of an estate. Many are dismayed that superannuation is not treated the same as other assets under the will.