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Inheriting property with siblings: What are your options?

Knowing you’ll inherit your parents’ home may be welcome news, but things can get very tricky if you have siblings you’ll have to share it with. Here are a few avenues you might find yourself considering.

Protecting your child's inheritance from divorce

If you’ve given your child an early inheritance or a large sum to help buy a property, you might be wondering what would become of it if they were to split up with their partner.

Transitioning to retirement with your health and sanity intact

It’s common for retirement to not live up to our expectations. If you’re feeling nervous about your post-work years, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Financial goals for each decade of life

How to accumulate money, spend it, and put it to work in service of our long-term goals are all important questions, and they tend to evolve as we age. Here are some common financial goals for each decade of life.

14 estate planning essentials beyond your Will

There’s a lot more to the estate planning process than getting your Will sorted. Here are a few additional items that, depending on your situation, you might need to check off the list.

5 traps to avoid when giving an early inheritance

An early inheritance can make all the difference in your child’s life, but there are plenty of issues you’ll need to be aware of before parting with your cash.

Writing a Will? 4 nerve-wracking decisions you might face

Writing a Will can be a daunting — not to mention emotional — task. But without considering these questions, your efforts at end-of-life planning may be incomplete.

How to get back on your feet after a breakup

As far as life changes go, a breakup can be among the most stressful. Here are some tips on how to make it out the other side with your finances intact.

8 signs your Will may need an update

When was the last time you reviewed your Will? Do you even have one? Learn the common life events that can date your current Will.

Common pitfalls to avoid when passing on your wealth

Passing on your wealth to the next generation can come with complexities. Lawyer Katerina Peiros shares some common pitfalls to watch out for.

Q&A: The cost of retirement is going up, what can I do about it?

If you’re in the lead up to retirement, you may be wondering what you can do to help keep your retirement plans on track. Read on for some ideas.

10 tips to help bring your finances up to speed

How is your financial health? Check in on your finances with these simple and practical tips.

Why a Will may not be enough

Hear from family lawyer Bhavesh Mistry about ways to get your financial affairs in order while you have time on your side.

Q&A: What should I do with my inheritance?

Deciding whether to boost your super, pay down your mortgage, or help your kids out is a common dilemma. We look at some of the considerations to weigh up.

Proceed with caution Bank of Mum and Dad

Stepping in to help children enter the property market might be a noble thing to do. But it can come with a few risks that are worth being aware of.

Delayed gratification is a key to wealth (if you can wait long enough)

Becoming a master of delayed gratification means you can buy as many marshmallows as you want, forever. Delayed gratification is basically your ability to resist the allure of an instant reward.

Ageing in place: The liveable and adaptable home

Many older Australians desire to age in place, though housing and care needs change as people age. In this article, we cover retirees ageing in place—and the concept of a liveable and adaptable home.

Vanessa Stoykov: What your kids teach you about wealth

Vanessa Stoykov is a renowned Australian money educator. In this special financial education piece, Vanessa shares how children can alter our priorities and change our approach to long-term planning.

Retirement and housing (homeownership)

Housing (homeownership) is a key factor influencing retirement outcomes—not just financially speaking. In this article, we discuss retirement and several things to consider with regard to housing.

The different types of aged care services

In our retirement years, a time may come when we need to consider aged care services to help with looking after ourselves. In this article, we discuss several different types of aged care services.

Invalid wills, passing away intestate, and intestacy rules – Part 2

One of the most important things we can do prior to our passing is ensure we have a valid will in place. In this article, we provide an update on various intestacy rules that exist in Australia.

Tips for reviewing annual super statements

Your retirement income (and outcome) can be intrinsically linked to your accumulation, and use, of wealth inside super. In this article, we provide tips on reviewing your annual super statement.

Personal finances: Taking stock & making changes

A new financial year can be an opportune time to take stock of your overall personal finances and make changes if needed. In this article, we provide a list of questions that may help you with this.

Financial wellbeing: Financial literacy quiz

When it comes to achieving financial wellbeing, financial literacy plays a key role. In this article, we have put together a quiz to test your knowledge across various areas of your personal finances.

Super re-contribution strategy explained

Super benefits may comprise of two components: a tax-free and taxable (taxed element) component. In this article, we discuss a re-contribution strategy—one way to increase the tax-free component.

The different types of powers of attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone the authority to manage your affairs on your behalf. In this article, we provide an overview of the different types of powers of attorney.

Super engaged & well-informed: Annual statements

The receipt and review of your annual super statement can assist you to stay actively engaged with, and well-informed on, your super. In this article, we provide a review checklist to help with this.

Invalid wills, passing away intestate, and intestacy rules

One of the most important things we can do prior to our passing is to ensure we have a valid will in place. In this article, we provide an overview of various intestacy rules that exist in Australia.

Appropriate measures, adverse events and positive outcomes

When an adverse event does occur, the outcome for those with an appropriate measure in place and those without can be vastly different. In this article, we list various personal finance measures.

Reversionary beneficiary nominations

Upon commencing a pension, you may have the option to nominate a reversionary beneficiary. In this article, we discuss the facts on this type of superannuation income stream death benefit nomination.

Aged care and the informal care space

Older Australians are increasingly choosing to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible. In this article, we provide a summary of the aged care and informal care space.

Retirement and the transfer balance cap (TBC)

A limit applies to the amount of super benefits you can transfer from accumulation phase to retirement phase to support an account-based pension. In this article, we discuss the transfer balance cap.

New Year’s resolutions: Habit formation & change

A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. In this article, we discuss New Year’s resolutions, and why it can be challenging to keep these resolutions (and resolutions generally).

Past, present, future: Legislative changes (Part 2)

Change is inevitable. In this article, we cover legislative changes to the Higher Education Loan Program, the Farm Household Allowance, the Paid Parental Leave Scheme, and overseas welfare recipients.

Age Pension entitlements: Gifting and deprivation rules

When transferring wealth before your passing, it’s vital to consider the potential financial impact to you. In this article, we discuss Age Pension entitlements, and the gifting and deprivation rules.

Estate planning crossword: Answers

Estate planning is about planning who gets what assets, at what time and in what manner upon your passing. In this article, we provide the answers to our recent estate planning crossword.

Estate planning crossword: Questions

Estate planning is about planning who gets what assets, at what time and in what manner upon your passing. In this crossword, we cover the different components relating to the planning of your estate.

Super review checklist: Your annual super statement

As a super fund member, you will be receiving your annual super statement soon. In this article, we provide you with a helpful checklist for reviewing this important document.

Reverse mortgages: The Pension Loans Scheme

The saying ‘asset-rich, but income-poor’ can be an accurate description of the financial situation of some retirees. In this article, we look at the Government’s Pension Loans Scheme.

Update: Recent legislative changes

Several proposals regarding small and medium businesses, primary producers and farmers, consumers, aged care and education have recently been legislated. In this article, we unpack these for you.

Your 2019 financial health check

With 2019 here, it’s time to kick-start your personal finances for the year ahead. In this article, we provide you with a financial checklist to help you take stock of your personal circumstances.

For richer, for poorer: The financial impact of divorce

For some of us, there will come a time when we part ways with our spouse for one reason or another. In this article, we look at several findings regarding the financial impact of divorce.

Ageing and health status in retirement: The three chapters

When it comes to ageing and health in retirement, there are often three chapters that people will experience as they move through their retirement years. In this article, we look at this in terms of retirement planning and better informing your expectations of what retirement may entail for you. 

2018 Budget: Unwrapping the ‘Christmas in May’ proposed measures

Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the 2018-19 Federal Budget on 8 May 2018. We provide you with a summary of the main proposed measures that may be relevant to you and your personal finances.

Retirement living: How much is enough? (It depends)

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) provides a regularly updated guide as to what it may cost to fund your retirement in the post-work years, depending on your age, marital status and lifestyle. We drill further down into the detail and provide some useful insights.

Estate planning and your digital footprint

Your will is normally the main document that facilitates the distribution of your assets to your intended beneficiaries upon your passing. In this increasingly digital age, your online ‘digital footprint’ or ‘cyber assets’, may also be an important inclusion worth considering.  

Aged care services: Home care packages

If you or a loved one requires higher-level aged care services, but would still like to reside at home then a Home Care Package may be an option to consider. In this article, we take a closer look at how this service works.

Aged care services: Commonwealth home support programme

For the majority of people, being able to live independently in your home as you age is what you want, but the reality is that sometimes you may need some help. In this article, we focus on the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

The pitfalls of DIY Will kits

According to recent research, approximately 45% of Australians pass away without a will, or intestate. We explore why DIY will’s may not be the solution to your estate planning needs.

A 'Living' Will: Advanced care directives

We generally expect that our wishes for medical treatment will be respected, but what happens when we are not able to make decisions, due to an accident, sudden illness, or a progressive disease.  Having an advanced care directive is a way to ensure that our preferences for medical treatment are considered at a time when we may be unable to express them. 

A family who talks about money

In our busy lives, talking about money matters with our family may prove to be a daunting and sometimes emotional subject, especially around the dinner table. However, avoiding these often difficult conversations may have several drawbacks in the future.

Your guide to becoming a Philanthropist

There is a common misconception that in order to give you need to be wealthy, and that the only thing you can give is money. But the truth is that there are many different financial and non-financial ways that you can give to others. See how you can bring philanthropy into your life and make a real difference.

2016 Federal Budget Overview - How it affects your family and your wallet.

The 2016 Federal Budget may impact you more than you think, mainly because your tax dollars go towards making it happen, but also because changes were announced that affect nearly every Australian.

6 Ways to Support Ageing Parents

There are many different ways to assist ageing parents in better managing their financial affairs and even small things can make a difference. We provide you with some useful tips to help you through this process.

Love Me, Love Me Not: Financial Considerations for Moving in Together

Moving in with a partner can be an exciting time, but don’t just jump in. Take the time to think upfront about the financial practicalities and what it could mean if things don’t go according to plan. This might apply to you or a loved one.

Making Your Estate Plan Count

Do you have a robust estate plan and is it up to date?  There are important things to consider as you go through the process of developing or reviewing your estate plan. These can make a big difference to your dependants and loved ones.

Top 10 Financial To-Dos

It’s nearly time to sign off from work and start the holidays. Give yourself a stress-free vacation knowing that your finances are taken care of by ticking off these financial ‘to-dos’. 

Don’t take a gamble: put a plan in place.

With so many decisions to make in life, we often forget to plan. But certain events are too important to gamble with - have you planned for the things that matter? 

Retirement living - more than meets the eye.

These days there are many different ways people can change their living situation as they get older.  Are you thinking about your next move? Explore the different options that might be suitable to you.

Parents Returning to Work

There are many things to consider when returning to work after caring for young ones. There are both financial and non-financial considerations. This article explores the important things that need to be considered.

‘Bob The Builder’ Budget – What’s in it for you?

The 2015 Federal Budget was relatively tame, with a big focus on creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. Our article looks at what’s in it for you. From the changes for the young and unemployed, for families, business owners, to the over 50's and the already retired.

What are you leaving behind – An inheritance or a legacy?

Are you leaving an inheritance or a legacy? What’s the difference? We explain in this article.

Divorce and the Split of Assets

When a marriage, or a de-facto relationship breaks down, the task of separating finances can be very difficult and stressful. This article looks into the financial implications of divorce with regards to asset splitting.

The Art of Giving

The Christmas season - a time for giving, is fast approaching. Donating to charity is a wonderful way to support the wider community and those in need. This article takes a look at the ins and outs of donating to charity.

Ownership - Joint Tenants Vs Tenants in Common

There are fundamental differences between Joint Tenants VS Tenants in Common, we review the importance of getting it right when purchasing assets with other people.

The Role Of An Executor

Do you know if you are an Executor of somebody’s will? Before appointing an Executor in your Will, or agreeing to be an Executor of someone else’s estate, it is important that you understand the implications of this decision and the roles and responsibilities that come with the title of Executor.

The importance of a Comprehensive Estate Plan

We may not like to think about it – but when it comes to our death, it pays to plan ahead. Here are some steps you can take to reduce the financial stress that result from poor estate planning.

Aged Care Reform

When we were children, our parents spent a good deal of time taking care of us – and reminded some of us that one day, we would return the favour.

Where there is a Will, there is a way (to control)

Having no Will, or a poorly drafted Will, can have devastating financial and emotional consequences. It is therefore wise to understand what would happen to your assets if you were to die.

Why bother planning money?

If you do have future financial goals, such as, retirement, buying a house, paying off your mortgage or buying a car or boat, then planning can certainly help achieve such goals in a timely and effective way.

New Year Financial Resolutions

As there are so many areas of finance, it can be overwhelming to review every area of your finances. Here is a short list of suggestions that might help you choose some areas that you would like to review or make a change in.

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