QUESTION: If the Family Trust name doesn’t really do anything why change it? It is not registered anywhere. It is just a nickname to help the Accountant, who may be looking after 100s of other Family Trusts, identify mine a bit quicker? Why change Family Trust Name?

ANSWER: There are many reasons why you may want to update or change your Family Trust Name:Change Family Trust Name

1. correct spelling errors (e.g. Smitth Family Trust)

2. husband has died (e.g. Coral & Ted Smith Family Trust)

3. wife has divorced you (e.g. Joanne and John Lee Family Trust)

4. name is not as clever as you first thought (e.g. Scrooge McDuck Family Trust)

5. name may upset the ATO (e.g. Get out of Tax Family Trust)

6. your parents may have died

7. you may want to not be so obvious that the Family Trust is also a ‘Service Trust‘ for your main business (e.g. Williams Service Trust)

Any stamp duty or taxation issues?

There are no taxation issues when you update the Family Trust name. With every document, you build on our website you get a letter on our law firm’s letterhead. The letter confirms there are no taxation issues when you correct the Family Trust name.

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See also:

1. Update the Family Trust just for Bamford streaming:

2. Or do a complete update for Bamford streaming PLUS update the entire Deed:

3. Or update for Bamford streaming PLUS the Deed PLUS update the Appointor & Trustee:

4. Or just update the Trustee:

5. Or just update the Appointor:


To set up a new Family Trust Deed:

To prepare the Annual Trust Distribution Minutes:


1.  To deal with Division 7A (loan from your company to the Family Trust):

2.  Or, to forgive the ‘loan account’ and UPEs (loans from humans to Family Trust):



Update the name of your Family Trust:

To wind up and vest the Family Trust, when you no longer want it: