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General information and insights on the law on wills, will-making, deceased estates in Australia.

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Youth allowance, super death benefits & tax

youth allowance, super death benefits, taxation, tax, deceased estateIn ID 2014/6 the ATO addressed the question of whether the adult child was dependent on the parent at the time the parent died for the purposes of being a death benefit dependant. Losing a parent in these circumstances is particularly devastating. If the young person receives superannuation death benefits from their parent’s superannuation fund, would they be assessed on this money for income tax?

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Check property ownership

Property ownership, will making, company shares, units, trust,

Disposing property by will, in the will-making process requires considerations to be given to what you own in your individual name, as opposed to what you might control, see further below. As only property owned in a personal or individual name can form a deceased estate, it is only this which can be transferred by will, (or the rules of intestacy).

Among the first considerations in making a will is considering what we own. Only property owned personally can form a deceased estate and be disposed of by will, but it is easy to overlook that property thought of as ‘ours’, is legally in another name. It pays to check who owns what, that which is not in your own name, is not yours to give by will.

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