The death of an SMSF trustee is a big event in the life of an SMSF. This is when the chickens come home to roost. You either have it all laid out and the aftermath is as smooth as it possibly could be. Or it all hits the fan.
The Death of an SMSF Trustee
What happens when an SMSF trustee dies – be it an individual trustee or a director of the corporate trustee? Who takes over running the fund? And who decides what happens to the deceased’s fund assets? How is an SMSF trustee different to the trustee of a ‘normal’ trust?
These are the questions we asked Rani Ghanda of Turnbull Hill Lawyers in Newcastle. And she kindly walked us through the issues in this episode of Tax Talks.
Here are a few notes of what we learned but please listen to this episode of Tax Talks as Rani Ghanda explains all this in much greater detail and much better than we ever could.
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Super ≠ Estate
Superannuation is not automatically covered by a will. Your super is held in a trust aka super fund. And so is not part of your personal property.
Individual v Corporate Trustee
As you know an SMSF either has individual trustees or a corporate trustee. If the individual trustee of an SMSF dies, the deed of the super fund dictates who then controls the fund. If the director of the SMSF’s corporate trustee dies, the constitution of trustee company dictates what happens on the director’s death.
So the first point of call is always to read the deed and – in the case of a corporate trustee – the constitution to see what happens when a trustee or trustee director passes away.
Most trust deeds and constitutions deal with death. They outline what happens when a trustee or trustee director dies. However, most deeds and constitutions forget to outline what is to happen when someone hasn’t died but lost capacity. This is a very common issue.
These are only some of the points Rani Gandha of Turnbull Hill Lawyers covers. Please listen to this episode of Tax Talks since Rani covers this in much greater detail and much better than we ever could.
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Last Updated on 01 May 2020