Don’t wait for life to happen – Week 4: Becoming a grandparent

After you’ve worked hard to give your kids the best start in life, what better reward could there be than seeing them have children of their own? As a proud grandparent, you’ll want to make sure the little ones, as well as your own children, are looked after financially when you’re gone — and that’s why estate planning is so important.

With the right financial strategy, you’ll be able to pass your wealth down to future generations. The first step is to create a Will, which specifies how you want your assets to be divided and distributed after you pass away. Having a proper Will can also help avoid disputes between your beneficiaries when the time comes.

Remember, your estate includes most things that you own — so it’s worth taking stock of all your valuable assets, and updating your Will regularly to reflect any changes in your financial or family circumstances. You might also choose to grant Enduring Power of Attorney to a trusted family member, so they can manage your affairs if you become mentally incapacitated.

But there are a few things that aren’t automatically considered part of your estate, such as your super and life insurance. You should consider whether make to make a binding nomination to a beneficiary or beneficiaries including to your estate if you would like those assets to be distributed in accordance with your Will. Some assets you own jointly with someone else may automatically pass to that person upon your death.


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Information in this article is based on current regulatory requirements and laws, which may be subject to change. While care has been taken in the preparation of this document, no liability is accepted by Count, its related entities, agents and employees for any loss arising from reliance on this document.

This document contains general advice. It does not take account of your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider talking to a financial adviser before making a financial decision.

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Tips for Life | Week 1

Investments

We are delighted to introduce Tips for Life – Insight Today, Your Dream Lifestyle Tomorrow.

This week we are focussing on those of you Under 40.

Here are some life strategy tips:

  • Increase your personal super contributions
  • Seek a government co-contribution
  • Check your LISC eligibility
  • Sacrifice a little salary
  • Gather all of your investment and work-related expenses
  • Plan the use of your tax refund

So we’ve covered the financial planning strategies to focus on but what about non-financial ‘Tips for Life for Under 40s’?  We would love to know what yours are!

Next week will be looking at tips for those of you that are 40 to 49.

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Women have the planning edge

Have a read of Fran Hughes’ latest article published in The West Australian on Monday, April 27th 2015: Women have the planning edge - Fran Hughes - The West Australian

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