Estate Planning & Administration
Research by Finder has shown that about 60% of Australians do not have a Will and yet recent times have shown us that we can never truly know what the future brings.
Without a Will and broader estate planning, there could be implications like your assets being distributed to those you didn’t choose and your loved ones experiencing huge delays and paperwork to prove they’re entitled to your estate.
At Green Associates, our personalised estate planning services will ensure your assets and family are always taken care of.
What is Estate Planning?
Estate planning is creating a comprehensive plan that makes sure your assets are distributed according to your wishes after you pass away or should you become incapacitated.
This can be as simple as a Will and as detailed as reviewing company and trust structures, selecting trust beneficiaries and planning for business succession, planning for tax implications and more. Estate planning can even involve determining what will happen to your social media accounts.
At Green Associates, we understand that estate planning can be complex and emotional, but we’re here to help you implement a robust and effective estate plan so you can have peace of mind knowing that your assets and loved ones will be taken care of.
What are the benefits of Wills and Estate Planning?
Here are 5 benefits of having a Will and an effective estate plan:
- Provides reassurance and security: a successful estate plan means your assets will be distributed according to your wishes and in a way that aligns with your goals and values after you pass away.
- Minimises taxes and expenses: estate planning can help minimise the taxes and expenses associated with transferring any assets and loans. We can help you take advantage of any tax exemptions and deductions.
- Protects your assets: a successful estate plan can protect your assets from creditors, lawsuits and other legal issues. You can create trusts and other legal structures that shield your assets from potential risks, ensuring that they’re preserved for your beneficiaries.
- Plans for possible incapacity: estate planning can include a Power of Attorney which allows you to appoint someone to manage your financial and legal affairs if you become incapacitated, an advance care directive that allows you to clarify preferences for future treatment and more.
- Provides for and protects your loved ones: perhaps the most important benefit of a good estate plan is that it financially and emotionally provides for your loved ones after you’re gone. It helps them make decisions during difficult times and prevents disputes.
What do we do for you at Green Associates?
A Green Associates Financial Planner Adviser helps you:
- Review personal and non-personal assets; company, trust and business structures; self-managed super fund trust deeds; super and life insurance policies and more
- Identify and manage any tax implications
- With estate planning administration, which is the management, collection and distribution of your assets and liabilities after death.
- Work with Estate Planning specialists to ensure that your wishes and needs are met.
It’s important to remember that estate planning is also an ongoing process; we can help you review and update your estate plan regularly to ensure that it continues to reflect your wishes and priorities.
We do all the above and more, working closely with our legal partners to ensure that your estate planning needs are fully addressed and kept up-to-date as legislation and your family’s needs change.
Why are Wills and Estate Planning important?
Without a solid estate plan, there may be repercussions including:
- Your assets being distributed according to the default rules of your state, which may not align with your wishes or be in the best interests of your loved ones
- Arguments between your loved ones on how to distribute assets, which can involve costly and emotionally draining legal battles
- Tax liabilities that reduce the value of your assets, whether the tax implications are to your estate of your beneficiaries
Estate planning is important to avoid these scenarios and more, allowing you to feel confident that your estate will be dealt with according to your values and goals.
When should you start making an estate plan?
It’s never too early to start making an estate plan. The reality is that we never know what the future holds, and preparation is best. We find that our clients will be prompted to make an estate plan at certain milestone moments, such as having children and approaching retirement.
Find out more about our personalised Estate Planning services
To start putting in place your estate plan, book an appointment with a Green Associates Planner today. We can provide expert guidance with your best interests at heart and assurance as you go through this process.