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Category : Estate Planning

Dementia: How to future-proof your finances

  • Willard Lloyd
  • September 3, 2019
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Dementia: How to future-proof your finances

As life expectancies increase, dementia will become an ever-more important issue. The good news is that it is normally a condition that progresses slowly, thus giving families plenty of time to prepare for it. Don’t fall for the myth that your spouse or next of kin can make financial decisions on your behalf in the absence of an enduring power of attorney. Don’t fall for the myth that your spouse or next of kin can make financial decisions on your behalf in the absence of an enduring power of attorney. The bad news is that there is no current cure and that many people move to avoidance, instead of preparation, and thereby leave themselves at risk of huge financial problems down the track. It is critically important to have an enduring power of attorney (EPA) in place long before it appears to be needed. The person giving the EPA must have the capacity to do so.

Capital Gains Tax Changes to Hit Expatriates

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Capital Gains Tax changes will mean that Australian expats will be denied the capital gains tax (CGT) main residence concession if they sell their former main residence while living abroad.  To date, this stands to affect over 100,000 Australians who currently live and work overseas whilst owning property back home. 

The GST tax advisers acknowledge that the Senate committee believes the CGT exemption may provide improved housing outcomes for Australians. However, they believe that there may actually be a counterintuitive reaction from expats as they decide not to sell properties until they return to Australia, creating a ‘lock-in’ effect rather than improving the quantity of housing inventory for sale. In other words; to avoid losing their ‘retirement plan’ to taxes, they will hold onto their property, potentially not selling it for decades, contributing to a lack of housing stock for sale. 

In Hong Kong, expatriates have come together in an attempt to create a campaign that would influence the Senate Committee to overturn the proposal. They believe that such a policy will make it difficult for firms, both Australian and international, to employ Australians to work offshore if they have the potential to have life savings wiped as a result of selling their home while not residing in Australia. 

Choosing Your Retirement Lifestyle

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Choosing retirement and the perception of a person’s lifestyle, either currently or how one wants it to develop over time, is subjective – luxury living for one person is a modest existence for another. In this article, we offer guidance on the amount of money you may require for retirement to cover your basic living costs and support your desired style of living.
 
Choosing a retirement lifestyle shouldn’t be any different to how you maintain your current lifestyle — you live the life you can afford. Living within your means today and thinking about what life after retirement will look like, helps to set you up for a comfortable future.
 
So, the big question is: how much money is enough for your retirement? Have you worked out the amount of superannuation, and other savings, you will require to finance your retirement?
Is $1 million enough to retire on? Although $1 million may sound a large sum, according to John Piggott, director of the Australian Institute for Population Ageing Research at the University of New South Wales, agrees: “$1 million will not do all that much for you. It will give you a very low [salary] replacement rate.”

Marriage and estate planning go hand in hand

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Let’s explain why marriage should prompt you to re-visit your estate planning.  

Marriage should be an immediate trigger to review clients’ estate planning.

Given that many people get married later in life, and marriages often involve children from previous relationships, estate planning issues around this can be particularly complex.

Estate Planning

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A Will isn’t always the way

You would have heard the saying: “where there’s a will, there’s a way”.

This statement is usually used to encourage people who are losing enthusiasm for a task or goal.

But it also reflects the way many people feel about estate planning. They think that so long as you have a Will, you have a way to ensure your wealth is passed correctly to your loved ones.

But this is not necessarily the case.