Estate Planning Standards Introduction

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  • Estate Planning Standards

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Welcome to Legal Consolidated’s Estate Planning Standard Policy. The Best Practice Policy is for Accountants, Licensees and Advisers.

There is an obligation by accountants and advisers to initiate, explain and support the needs of a client’s:

There is a close relationship that advisers and accountants have with their clients. A natural extension of this relationship includes discussing overall circumstances and estate planning. While a lawyer may see a client for a few hours, an adviser and accountant holds a special fiduciary relationship with their clients and has an unparalleled knowledge of the client’s family circumstances and overall affairs.

Often the client, even after many years of requests, still ‘can’t find the time’ to see a taxation lawyer to attend to their Estate Planning. One solution is for you to build the Estate Planning documents on a law firm’s website.

You are building two documents:Estate Planning Standards Policy for accountants and financial planners dealer groups and licensees

  • Estate Planning Standards Policy
    This sets out the compliance issues for accountants and financial planners building Wills, POAs, Estate Planning and other documents on our law firm’s website.
    The Policy includes requirements for Accreditation. It is designed for accountants, dealer groups and advisers seeking best practice when building Wills on our law firm’s website.
  • Estate Planning Manual
    The Manual contains a wealth of marketing information for you to use to market your Estate Planning services. Use the images and wording as you see fit.

1. Our skill in Estate Planning

I am an Adjunct Professor lecturing both the Estate Planning and Superannuation units at a number of universities around Australia. I have done so since 1999.

Of my seven degrees, four of them are in law including my doctorate. My research was in Estate Planning and succession planning.

I author the two Australian leading textbooks on Estate Planning: CCH Australian Estate Planning and Thompson Reuters’ Australian Financial Planning Handbook.

Our ‘3-Generation Testamentary Trusts’ include:

2. Our skill in compliance

Our law firm has a strong pedigree in compliance in law, financial planning and accounting.

I sat on both the Legal Practice Board and Legal Practitioners Complaints Committee.

I was the Convenor of the Law Society’s Graduate and Academic Standards committee.

I currently sit on the Tax Institute academic assessment panel for both Advanced Superannuation and Tax for Trusts. I also sit as an Expert Assessment Panel Member. I sat on the Institute’s National Discipline Committee.

I was the national chairperson of the Law Council of Australia’s Law Management Group

We were in the first group of law firms to achieve the Law Society Quality Practice Standard.

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Don’t lose the client

An accountant’s client dies.

The client dies with only one asset. This is $100,000 in life insurance. It is in his Superannuation. The beneficiary children are over 18 years of age. So, there is a 32% non-dependency tax.

The children pay $32,000 in tax!

Why is there is no Superannuation Testamentary Trust in the Will? This often reduces the non-dependency tax on the Super to zero.

I telephone the lawyer who prepared the Will to find out why. To protect him I call him Robert:

 

Brett

Robert, why didn’t you put a Superannuation Testamentary Trust in the Will?

 

Robert

I only practice in franchise law. There is tax on Super at death? I didn’t know that. Anyway, my covering letter says that I don’t do tax. In future I will note that I also don’t give advice on Superannuation.

 

Brett

But Robert why didn’t you speak with the client’s accountant?

 

Robert

I didn’t see a need.

As the accountant and financial planner you are the centre of the universe. You get the team together. You are the project manager of the estate planning process.

Build the Estate Planning Quality Assurance Manual. The Manual authorises you to build Estate Planning documents on our website, including the:

  • 3-Generation Testamentary Trust Will
  • WA Enduring and Medical/Lifestyle POAs

We look forward to helping you grow your Estate Planning practice.








Legal Consolidated Barristers & Solicitors Australia Brett Davies

Adj Professor, Dr Brett Davies, CTA, AIAMA, BJuris, LLB, Dip Ed, BArts(Hons), LLM, MBA, SJD
Legal Consolidated Barristers and Solicitors
National Australian law firm

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28/11/2018

Estate Planning Standards Introduction

  Best practice for accountants and advisers building Wills on our law firm’s website Welcome to Legal Consolidated’s Estate Planning Standard Policy. The Best Practice Policy is for Accountants, Licensees and Advisers. There is an obligation by accountants and advisers to initiate, explain and support the needs of a client’s: Estate […]