Estate Planning

TIP OF THE WEEK

Splitting up? Act now to avoid surprises later on

Alex Berlee Divorce is an emotional time but also one when important financial decisions have to be made.

LAST REQUEST

Will wills still work as paper trail fades?

Web life: With people spending so much of their time online, it is worth considering what should happen to your digital assets and accounts after you die.

Emily Chantiri Most of us manage our personal finances online. It's very convenient for us, but how easy will it be for our executors?

TIP OF THE WEEK

Don't leave your estate in a state

Don't be caught without a will.

Michael Hutton Getting your life in order before it's too late has its benefits.

FINANCIAL RECOVERY

Women who leave with nothing

Moving out and up: It is difficult escaping abuse and it carries financial implications.

Sylvia Pennington Getting away from abusive situations is hard, getting back on your feet financially can be harder still.

PLANNING

Why you need to make a will

No rush: Hadley Allchurch, right, says making a will for wife Sarah and daughter Hayley would make him feel very old.

Kate Jones It's the morbid conversation no one wants to have, the plan no one wants to make.

YOUR QUESTIONS

A grand $3 million financial plan

A grand financial plan.

George Cochrane The family home can be sold within two years of death without any capital gains tax.

ASK NOEL

Saving hard for a house

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Noel Whittaker I have $6000, and save 50 to 70 per cent of my income. What's the best way to increase my savings?

TRUSTS

Providing a bit of extra help

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Kate Jones Every parent worries about their child's financial future. But what if your child is disabled and incapable of managing their finances?

PLANNING

Five questions to ask a financial planner

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Mark Bouris People know they should see a financial adviser but often don’t know where to start.

ASK NOEL

Tricky tax deduction claim is best left to the accountant

Noel Whittaker How do I deduct the interest on my mortgage when filling in my tax return for the redrawn amounts used to invest in shares?

EARNING AND LEARNING

Brushing up on your financial skills

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Sylvia Pennington Understanding your financial situation, and improving it, requires some education and effort.

ASK NOEL

Bigger lump sum or decent pension?

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Noel Whittaker What's the best pension plan with a big mortgage but a bad history of handling lump sums?

Superannuation

Super industry gets out the claws, but happy with result

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Madeleine Heffernan Funds showed their muscle this week, and they've pledged to fight tooth and nail if any government makes changes they don't like.

MIXING MONEY

Finance the family way

Money story on blended families.

Sylvia Pennington French authorities were shocked to uncover a real version of fairy tale hell this week.

Good in a crisis? Try a financial fire drill

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Pamela Yip Could your resources hold up if you lost your job or had to make a mercy dash halfway across the country - or the world? The best way to find out is to run a fire drill on your finances and see if...

THE REGULATOR

Getting super across to all

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Robynne Quiggin While many Australians find super challenging, for those living in rural and remote areas - and especially for indigenous Australians - the difficulties are magnified.

DEAD MONEY

Don't take PINs and passwords to your grave

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If you're thinking about a will, you need to think about sharing your online access codes too.

INHERITANCE

Where there's a will there's a long, long wait

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David Wilson You cannot count on a prospective bequest as an asset - a hard fact to accept for some.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Triggers and the bring-forward rule

Your Questions with George Cochrane

George Cochrane Do you understand how the bring-forward rule for non-concessional super contributions works?

ASK NOEL

Share trust an option for young saver

Noel Whittaker I am 17 and left school a bit over a year ago. I have managed to save $10,000 and was wondering what I should do with it?