There’s a common misconception in Australia that planning your estate is something only those nearing retirement need to worry about. This isn’t the case, however, as if the worst should happen, you’ll want to have a proper will and estate plan to distribute your assets according to your wishes.
Just as you should start planning for retirement soon after entering the workforce and achieving a stable income, there are a number of life events that should trigger the establishment or review of your will. These range from marriage and childbirth, to the acquisition of new assets.
Creating a will allows you to be sure that assets are divided how you wish them to be.
The very function of a will is in itself a perfect explanation of why you should plan for the future. As soon as you’ve acquired steady income or valuable assets, you have things to be passed on to others. While succession laws are in place in Australia to create a default dissemination of your wealth to your loved ones, there may be certain ways you wish to assign your bequeathments.
An addition of a new branch in your family tree is another point at which you should address your estate. Creating a will allows you to be sure that assets are divided how you wish them to be, whether that means certain loved ones receive specific things, or an amount of wealth is left to charity.
Your estate plan puts the power to make important decisions in the hands of your most trusted people.
Assigning someone the power of attorney lets you control who gets to make certain decisions around your passing. There are three different types of power of attorney:
Your estate plan can also include documents outlining guardianship over you in the case of disablement, and directions for the handling of your body.
Tragedy can strike in the form of untimely death. Creating an estate plan early on means that no matter what happens, you can rest in peace knowing your wishes are being respected.
Finally, you can include a trust within your estate. This means that your wealth may be managed by a chosen trustee until your beneficiaries (generally, your children), come to an age where they will be able to use the assets responsibly.
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