Succession planning and hidden tax stings

You knew it was professionally unwise, but you just couldn’t say no to your old mate Peter when he asked you to help fix up his family succession plan. You tried to explain, but when he said “Maaate, come on, school mates and footie mates and you can’t...

Self managed super funds – Who controls it?

As many of us age, so do our pensioners and those relying on their superannuation. JMA Legal work extensively with accountants and self managed super funds and the deeds that govern them. Day to day we see the issues that can arise with funds. Recently, an...

Life insurance and buy-sell agreements

The ATO has recently released ATO ID 2015/10 that clarifies the ATO’s view as to whether a SMSF contravenes super legislation by purchasing a life insurance policy that covers the life of a member where the purchase is dependent on a buy-sell agreement. In...

Separation woes

You are acting for Clive in relation to the breakdown of his marriage with Alice. Clive is a cosmetic dentist and has done very well financially. Alice has also been very successful running her interior design business. The breakup has not been harmonious....

SMSF’s and estate planning

Over the past 20 years or so, about $1.7 trillion has accumulated in superannuation funds across Australia. Only Denmark holds more per capita in super.  As a result, superannuation is often an individual’s largest asset, often surpassing the family home....