Buying and selling a home can be confusing for most of us. Here is some basics to help make the process as clear as possible.   Save for a Deposit The deposit is the initial cost you will need to pay when buying a home. The first step is to get your finances sorted and do a budget to identify how much you can afford to save for your deposit and work out what you

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There are two common ways to transfer property to a family member – either selling or gifting. When the owner changes (either way), the title needs to be updated. Selling the property You can transfer title property by selling it to a family member. Parents often do this for children this way and may adjust the price to give them a better deal than buying a property at market rates. You will be liable for

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In our exploration of estate planning this month, we've delved into a topic that often doesn't get the attention it deserves: simultaneous deaths. While such events are rare, it's essential to understand the potential implications, especially when it comes to beneficiary nominations, both within and outside of superannuation. When two or more individuals pass away simultaneously, the order of their deaths becomes critical in determining the distribution of assets, particularly for jointly held property and

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In most cases when someone passes away their super is paid to their dependents. However, there are instances where it is paid to the deceased’s estate. If a person’s super is paid after death, it’s called a death benefit, this benefit is comprised of their super account balance and if there was any death insurance cover. It is important to carefully consider who will receive any benefit as even if someone doesn’t have a lot

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Incorporating your superannuation entitlements into your estate plan is crucial, particularly when they are not part of your estate. Superannuation can lead to substantial distributions to beneficiaries, emphasizing the importance of aligning payments with your wishes. A non-binding nomination guides your superannuation fund on distributing funds after your death, but the trustee ultimately decides the recipients, possibly deviating from your intended beneficiaries. On the other hand, a binding death benefit nomination (Binding Nomination) allows you

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Whilst it is an easy conversation to ask loved ones including parents for money to buy a home or do renovations, little thought goes into the harder scenario on contemplating how you go about ensuring that those funds are repaid. If you loan monies to your children, will you get your money back? This creates difficulty, especially for the older generation who may be relying on those funds to retire comfortably. It is becoming common

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In the complex world of estate management and probate, you might have encountered the term "Letters of Administration." Although it may sound daunting, this legal phrase plays a crucial role when someone passes away without a valid will or when the appointed executor is unable or unwilling to fulfil their responsibilities. So, what exactly is a Letter of Administration, and why does it matter? This article aims to demystify this concept and shed light on

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In the past few years, we have encountered numerous challenging situations, such as the global pandemic of CoVid 19, which has caused uncertainty in various aspects of our lives. Our lifestyles have been disrupted, housing has become more uncertain, and the cost of living has continued to rise. These circumstances have forced us to confront an important question: What would happen to our personal and financial affairs if we were unable or incapable of making

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All residential properties in Queensland will require to have compliant smoke alarms to be installed prior to settlement of the property.   Under Clause 7.8 of the Contract, the seller must install smoke alarms in any domestic dwelling on the lot in accordance with the Smoke Alarm Requirement Provision. Failure to do so is an offence under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990.   The seller is obliged to have these installed on the

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In Queensland, the Settlement Date is an essential term of the contract and time is of the essence. It is the date and time set by the seller (Vendor) in the Contract of Sale, for when the buyer (Purchaser) will officially take legal possession of the property.   Settlements can be delayed for many reasons, from financial issues or documentation delays to problems with the property and it is important to know your rights especially

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