Farm succession planning – striking a balance

The diversity of a family farming enterprise amidst the dynamics of the family unit can raise challenging and complex issues. The topic of succession planning is often highly emotive. The respective contributions from individuals to the farming enterprise...

Does your business have a Will?

Most people recognise the importance of having a Will to determine how their estate is distributed when they pass. If you are self-employed, a partner or co-director, having a ‘Will’ or succession plan for your business is equally important. Think about what...

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...