As humans we don't plan for the worst to happen
Updated: Sep 5, 2019
Being influencers and advisers on many individuals …
Being business owners ourselves…
Becoming parents ourselves…
Having seen avoidable pain & loss…
Estate planning is something we take very seriously and is something we can not stress enough.
Life does not always go to plan. As humans we never expect the worst to happen and we often don’t plan for the worst to happen. The downside of not planning is the potential for hard earned assets to be squandered, family fall-outs, and money handed to the Government that could have been distributed in accord with your wishes.
Estate planning is simply identifying your assets and liabilities and what you want to happen to those assets if something happens to you. As part of that, you need to look at the issues that might arise and how best to manage them. All of this is then reviewed for tax outcomes and the legal requirements to provide the best care and protection for your beneficiaries.
If you are a business owner, there are also another set of issues to consider to ensure that the business can continue if you are not able to continue in your current role. Or, your beneficiaries can take their share of the value accumulated in the business. This planning will protect your beneficiaries, the business, and your business partners.
Estate planning does not have to be hard work, but it does have to be planned.
It’s also important to understand that actual wealth or the size of your estate is not the sole reason for estate planning. Estate planning is important for:
The care and maintenance of minor children.
Managing the respective rights and expectations of beneficiaries, particularly with blended families.
Avoiding disputes between family members.
Relationships outside of the immediate family.
Managing liabilities of the estate.
Assets which may not be capable of immediate realisation or where value will be diluted by realisation.
The transfer of assets through generations.
Estate planning seeks to not only distribute the assets of your estate but do so in a way that protects the estate, addresses issues within the estate, and fulfils your wishes. If you haven't already, please contact Peer Wealth to create a tax effective Will to protect your estate and ensure that your assets are passed on to your beneficiaries in the most simple and effective way.
What the stats say...
While 4 in 5 of us rate our health as ‘very good’, 50% of Australians have a chronic condition that is likely to cause their death, 63% of adults are overweight or obese, and around 45% of us will experience a mental illness in our lifetime.
Leading causes of death differ by age:
1–44 years: suicide, land transport accidents
45–74 years: coronary heart disease, lung cancer
75 years and over: coronary heart disease, dementia and Alzheimer disease
It’s estimated that 138,300 people were diagnosed with cancer and 48,600 died from it in 2018.
Australia enjoys one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world at 82.5 years (in 2015) and is ranked fifth among 35 OECD countries. Japan has the highest life expectancy at 83.9 years.
Men aged 65 in 2014–2016 could expect to live another 19.6 years (an expected age at death of 84.6 years) and the life expectancy of women aged 65 in 2014–2016 was 22.3 years (an expected age at death of 87.3 years).
We’re also working longer – 13% of Australians aged 65 and over participate in the workforce (17% for men and 10 for women). This is compared to 2006 when the workforce participation rate was 8%.
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
**The material and contents provided in this article contains general information and does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. It is not intended to be advice and you should not act specifically on the basis of this information alone. If expert assistance is required, please contact Peer Wealth on (02) 8014 7608.