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Build these Estate Planning documents online Price
Last Will and Testament $110 – $770
Enduring Power of Attorney – stop government meddling $88
Medical Power of Attorney – lifestyle & healthcare $88
Estate Planning Package – 3-Generation Testamentary Trust Wills, Enduring and Medical POA

 

Complete these Training Courses online
Estate Planning Training Course – includes 3-Generation Testamentary Trust Mutual Wills
Protecting vulnerable children in Wills Training Course – includes 3-Generation Testamentary Trust Mutual Wills

 

Policy Guide for Licensees and Accounting Practices
Standards & Accreditation – for building Estate Planning documents on our law firm’s website – free

 

Build these Additional Estate Planning documents online Price
Contractual Will Agreement – for 2nd marriages $220
Codicil to change Executor in your Will – remove Public Trustee as Executors $77
Forgive a Debt Agreement – also gets rid of Family Trust’s UPEs $110
Deed of Gift $109
Spouse Loan Agreement $99
Loans to Children $99
Loans to Parents $99

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question and answers

Where do we store the signed Will?

When you build the Wills and POAs you are given advice on where to store your legal documents. You generally store them at home or in the bank, or with the executors (for a Will) or attorney for a POA.

Is it a good idea to have more than one original signed Will?

Sorry, but that is not possible. You can only have one original signed Will. You cannot have two signed Wills. To labour the point: if you sign a Will now, and in 2 minutes time sign another Will then the second signed Will is the only Will in existence. When you sign a Will it automatically renders all older Wills null and void. In contrast, you can have many signed original POAs.

We can build two types of Wills: simple or 3-Generation Testamentary Trust. Which is best?

 If your family home, superannuation, shares and life insurance are over $1m then you should build 3-Generation Testamentary Trust Wills. However, if you can afford it you should always build 3-Generation Testamentary Trust Wills. They 1. reduce the 30% tax on your Superannuation 2. contain a Divorce Protection Trust in case your children, grandchildren or beneficiaries ever get divorced, and 3. generally save tax for up to 80 years from the date of your death.

Do you have a template to jot down the assets of the Willmaker?

Your financial planner and accountant consider your assets and how they are owned. However, this is of little interest in the building of the Will. For example, if you are leaving ‘everything’ to your spouse and then everything to your children once both dead then what assets you own are not relevant. ‘Everything’ is going to your spouse. Also, as you don’t know the time of your death you do not know what assets you own at death.

Can I see a sample of the document?

Yes, all our documents have a sample that you can see before you start building the document.

Can I get a list of the questions that are asked?

Yes, all out documents have a checklist which you can download and print.

Apart from the Will, Enduring POA and Medical POA what else should I consider for my Estate Planning?

You may also consider:

1. Contractual Wills Agreements – for 2nd marriages
Plus when you have a Family Trust:
2. Family Trust Update with succession planning
3. Deed of Debt Forgiveness to get rid of money the Family Trust owes the children
Plus when you have a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund:

Are there any Estate Planning training courses?

Yes, there are two training courses (which are currently free) you can complete online:

Our accounting house wants to develop an internal Policy for Estate Planning and building Wills online. Can you help?

Yes, for free financial planners, dealer groups and accounting houses can build their own Estate Planning Standard Policy here. It sets out best practice when your staff build Wills and Estate Planning documents on our law firm’s website. It also has marketing information you may wish to use.

Does a beneficiary have to set up a Testamentary Trust?

 Sadly, when the Will only contains a common garden variety Testamentary Trust, the beneficiary is forced to set up a Testamentary Trust. This is when the Will maker dies. However, this is not the case with a 3-Generation Testamentary Trust. With a 3-Generation Testamentary Trust Will, each beneficiary can set up one or more Testamentary Trusts – or none. Say the beneficiary is getting the dead person’s family home. The beneficiary is at liberty to just transfer the home directly into his name. This is without the need to set up the testamentary trust.

Is Probate more complex or expensive when the Will contains Testamentary Trusts or 3-Generation Testamentary Trusts?

There is no added expense in getting Probate. However, there is an ongoing yearly expense in maintaining testamentary trusts. This the fee that your accountant charges to do the trust tax return each year. However, the savings in tax is usually worth this accounting cost. They operate for up to 80 years from the date of the Will maker’s death. But a trust can be wound up in any year if it is no longer required.

What if Mum and Dad die together?

Mum and Dad only have one 12-year-old child. Their backup Executors are the child, an uncle and an aunt. The child will probably be in their 60s when Mum and Dad die. In that instance, the uncle and aunt are likely to renounce their positions as executors (they may be dead themselves). But what happens if mum and dad both die today? In that sad situation, the only Executors are the uncle and aunt. The child cannot be an executor because the child has not yet turned 18.

What is the difference between an executor, trustee and guardian?

In this situation, the executor and trustee are the same thing. The executor/trustee carries out your wishes in your Will.  They administer your estate. They set up the appropriate trusts. They lodge tax returns. A guardian is someone that looks after your under 16-year-old children. The executor gives the guardian money to look after your young children. They can be the same persons. You don’t state in the Will how much money. This is because there is a Maintenance Trust. It provides the Executor with the ability to release the correct monies for expenses that are considered to be in child’s best interest. It is inappropriate for the Will maker to add an extra layer to this and set amounts to be paid to the child. This ‘ruling from the grave’ is not correct and is too rigid.

When a beneficiary reaches the Age of Majority does the trust ‘vests’. Or is there just a change of control?

A 3-Generation Testamentary Trust Will contains many trusts. For example, if you die with a child under 18 then the ‘Maintenance Trust’ is automatically activated. When the child turns 18 they take control of the trust.  The child can, at any time, change the trustee. Whether the trust ‘vests’ (finishes) is a question you need to ask the child – it is their decision. However, the child is likely to continue using the Testamentary Trust because:

  • there are many tax benefits.
  • the child can borrow money from the trust, or buy a boat or a house. They do anything they want. The 3-Generation Testamentary Trust merely saves tax it doesn’t stop the child from using the money as that child sees fit.
  • if the child, grandchild, great grandchild separates the wealth in the Trust is not available to the family court or the bankruptcy court. This is because there is a Divorce Protection Trust and Bankruptcy Trust in the Will.

You can increase the age of majority to above 18. You can make it 21 years of age – or even 99 years of age if the child is mentally challenged.