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7 11, 2017

Are trusts a ‘tax loophole’ exploited by the wealthy?

2017-11-14T08:23:39+00:00

People who say this are just demonstrating their ignorance. Here’s why. The ability to use a trust as a ‘tax loophole’ was pretty much closed out in the 1970-80s. To suggest that trusts somehow make tax disappear for the ‘wealthy’ is plain silly.

Are trusts a ‘tax loophole’ exploited by the wealthy? 2017-11-14T08:23:39+00:00
7 08, 2017

Is it worth transferring your home to your spouse?

2017-08-23T10:56:46+00:00

Is it worth transferring your home to your spouse before going into business?

Is it worth transferring your home to your spouse? 2017-08-23T10:56:46+00:00
8 05, 2017

What’s the best structure for my startup?

2017-12-05T09:09:48+00:00

When asked what structure to use, we like to apply several key principles and ‘rules of thumb’ to get the right answer.

What’s the best structure for my startup? 2017-12-05T09:09:48+00:00
2 05, 2017

Some less obvious observations about the 1 July super changes…

2017-12-15T09:08:47+00:00

As most people now know, from 1 July 2017 the amount a super fund member can have in a pension account will be capped at $1.6 million. There has been a lot of general commentary on these changes, but little deeper analysis of the details.

Some less obvious observations about the 1 July super changes… 2017-12-15T09:08:47+00:00
24 03, 2017

I want to set up a charity to raise money for people overseas. Where do I start?

2017-12-15T09:18:25+00:00

If you want to do charitable work or raise funds to help people living overseas, you should carefully consider your options to make sure your aid is targeted to where it's most needed.

I want to set up a charity to raise money for people overseas. Where do I start? 2017-12-15T09:18:25+00:00
28 02, 2017

‘UPEs’ and ‘FMDs’, and your estate planning

2017-11-17T17:05:45+00:00

What is, and what is not, in your personal estate? This may sound like a academic question not worthy of a lot of thought. However, if you are in estate planning mode, it is critical that you answer this question correctly.

‘UPEs’ and ‘FMDs’, and your estate planning 2017-11-17T17:05:45+00:00
25 02, 2017

How do I protect my ‘ideas’?

2018-03-23T09:35:56+00:00

Most people realise the importance of protecting their Intellectual Property. But ‘ideas’ and ‘concepts’ aren't a form of IP, as there is no 'property' capable of being protected. Don't despair, there are ways to protect and exploit your interests.

How do I protect my ‘ideas’? 2018-03-23T09:35:56+00:00
23 02, 2017

Are your trade secrets walking out the door?

2017-11-17T17:07:43+00:00

Losing an employee, whether by dismissal or resignation, is never easy. But it’s even harder when the employee walks out the door with a head (and possibly a briefcase or USB) full of your confidential information.

Are your trade secrets walking out the door? 2017-11-17T17:07:43+00:00
8 02, 2017

I’m setting up a not-for-profit organisation. What’s the best structure to use?

2017-02-27T11:52:02+00:00

We are commonly asked what's the best structure to use when setting up a new charity or other 'not-for-profit' (NFP) organisation. While incorporated associations and public companies limited by guarantee are often suitable, they are not the only options, and there is no easy 'one size fits all' answer.

I’m setting up a not-for-profit organisation. What’s the best structure to use? 2017-02-27T11:52:02+00:00
25 01, 2017

Can your partner change their Will after you die?

2017-03-14T13:33:47+00:00

Just because you and your partner make 'mirror Wills' does not mean that your partner cannot change their Will (either before or after you die). Furthermore, your partner does not have an obligation to inform you if they do change their Will. Find out how to deal with these issues.

Can your partner change their Will after you die? 2017-03-14T13:33:47+00:00
22 01, 2017

Andrew’s interview with Kym Nitschke from ‘Accounting Insider’ Podcast

2017-10-16T14:34:03+00:00

In this interview Andrew talks about a wide range of topics, including how he got a start in law and accounting, how he runs a firm with offices in Sydney and Adelaide, fixed fee pricing and scope creep, his management style, rare watches and private jets!

Andrew’s interview with Kym Nitschke from ‘Accounting Insider’ Podcast 2017-10-16T14:34:03+00:00
13 12, 2016

How do I get out of a contract I wish I never signed?

2017-02-24T10:55:11+00:00

You signed a contract, but things aren't working out. It happens. In this article we explore some ways you might be able to get yourself out of the deal.

How do I get out of a contract I wish I never signed? 2017-02-24T10:55:11+00:00
10 11, 2016

I’m a ‘start-up’. How should I set up my new business?

2017-12-05T09:38:30+00:00

So you've just come up with a great business concept, given it a test-drive among your family and friends, and now want to go to the next stage. What do you do? You need to put together the 'playing field' for your venture. In other words, you need a 'business structure'.

I’m a ‘start-up’. How should I set up my new business? 2017-12-05T09:38:30+00:00
2 11, 2016

What to pack? Our 7 steps to leaving a relationship

2017-11-17T17:09:29+00:00

Your relationship is over, and you want out. But you aren’t sure what you need to organise before you leave. Hopefully this doesn't sound familiar - but if it does, we recommend you read-on... In this article we set out our 7 steps to leaving, which we hope will help you through this difficult transition. These steps will also help someone assisting a relative, friend or client through this process.

What to pack? Our 7 steps to leaving a relationship 2017-11-17T17:09:29+00:00