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What you can't give away in your Will and why?

To give something away, you need to legally own it first.
You'd think this would be kind of straightforward, well think again.

Now I'm not talking about the neighbour's cat who has lived with you as your adopted fur-child for the past two years or the trailer your adult son still parks at your home for temporary safekeeping, 5 years ago.

I'm talking about bigger value items we sometimes own with others and often believe we can simply give them away in our Will. (And if you don't have a Will we'd love to help you out with that too.)

A problem arises when we share ownership of assets with another party.

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How to leave an inheritance to your Grandchildren, but not your adult children?

The reasons why you may wish to leave an inheritance directly to a grandchild and not your adult children are as wide and varied as the motivation to do so.

Just leaving money via your Will for a grandchild to be held in trust until they reach 21 is fraught with risks; from of a challenge to your Will through to concerns of the effects of addiction, divorce and financial mismanagement.

So to help you better understand your options, here are three key phrases you need to understand.

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Friends, flatmates or de facto partners - and how to tell them apart

When it comes to romance and relationships, the emotional decision about who you think is your partner, may be very different to the legal decision about who is legally considered your de facto partner.

The questions about who may be a boyfriend or girlfriend and who is a de facto become important distinctions when it comes to super payouts, life insurance payouts and family law claims on your finances, investments and property interests.

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When is an inheritance tax not called inheritance tax?
When it's a super death payment tax of course!

Like to know more? Well, you should because this tax problem has special meaning for people with super, and adult children of people with super.

If you plan on leaving your superannuation to your now adult kids when you pass away, there's a strong possibility your super death benefit payout will be hit with tax.

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There are some life skills we should all get to know before we need to use them.

One of those skills is knowing what you have to do as an Executor of a Will

Here are 12 Steps to help you better understand what to do when you're the Executor of someone's Will.

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Have you ever found yourself locked out of your car, perhaps your house or even your phone?

Some people find themselves locked out of their financial life due to sickness or injury when they can’t make decisions for themselves.

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The question every blended family wants answered is often

Does a child in a blended family lose their rights to an inheritance if their step-parent dies?

A Contractual Will Agreement might provide the answer to this difficult question.

Many blended Australian families wanting greater certainty in their estate planning choose to make a mirror Will with their spouse - effectively leaving everything to each other.

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Who can make emergency medical decisions for you when you can’t?

Most adults are presumed to have the mental capacity to give consent themselves.  But what happens when you can’t make decisions for yourself?

The person next in line to make decisions for you is referred to as the person responsible and it might not be your next of kin.

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Why you can’t leave your superannuation to your parents, even if you wanted to

Most people have some form of superannuation and it’s not long until the question gets asked, 'Who gets my Super if I die?'

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Understanding Modern Estate Planning for Modern Families

Finally Sorted is the estate planning division of Sapience Financial specialising.

For most of our risk insurance clients, getting their Estate Planning sorted is a natural next step so they can then cross-reference those important details into their estate plan documents too.

Video Transcript

00:00 - 03:52

Driving a car is probably a big part of your life right?

It doesn't take long before we've all seen a few close calls, or maybe even an accident. 

Nobody plans to be in an accident they're just a part of modern life in cars, so keeping our family as safe as possible on the roads is important to all of us.

Thankfully, today's cars have a range of safety features installed.  Modern cars even have multiple airbags ready to protect its occupants in case of a serious accident.

Now while you might not see them, knowing they're there in case of emergency, helps you feel safe, so you're free to enjoy the drive.

Well, just like safe driving, in our personal lives we all have to plan ahead to prevent problems.

These days modern life brings new problems that usually can only be solved with modern day solutions.

Modern Estate Planning is like the safety bags in your car, but for your life.

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Estate Planning Quick Tips

What can be written in a Letter of Wishes?

Our Modern Estate Planning services is called Finally SortedA Letter of Wishes is part of your family backup plan documents and its purpose is to provide general guidance to the Executor or Trustee of a person’s estate following their death.

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