Estate administration refers to paying debts and taxes and distributing assets to the beneficiaries as specified in a will. The person who administers an estate is called an executor.
Appointing a professional executor is becoming more commonplace because:
I needed an impartial executor as I was not providing equally for my children and I didn't want to burden my other children with the role of Executor.
Australian Unity Trustees have taken so much pressure and uncertainty away from me. I feel so much better knowing they are there. I trust Australian Unity Trustees 100%. I have trusted them with my life and beyond.
Judith, South Australia
You can appoint us as your executor in your will or, if you’re an executor for someone who has passed away, and you wish to renounce your role, we can accept the executor role for you. If we are appointed, you can be assured your wishes will be followed and your estate administered effectively and in a timely manner.
If appointed as your financial attorney (via an enduring power of attorney), we can help protect and manage your assets in the event you lose capacity. We can also provide assistance to other nominated attorneys.
If you lose capacity and you do not have an enduring power of attorney we can be appointed as your financial administrator to manage your affairs for you. Always acting in your best interest. We step into in your shoes’ and only ever act with your best interests in mind.
We can help you protect your assets by establishing a trust, for example, which may provide wealth creation and other benefits for you and your family.
We deliver trustee and financial management services for individuals who receive a lump sum compensation payment.
We can help you create a meaningful and ongoing legacy, that can start during your lifetime or on your passing and will continue to benefit future generations or causes close to your heart through charitable giving.
We work with Australia’s largest Supported Independent Living (SIL) providers to support the management of a resident’s personal funds.
We provide taxation advice to executors administering an estate; we aim to minimise any taxation liability of the estate and seek to prevent an executor becoming personally liable for any taxation consequences. We also provide business, Self-Managed superannuation fund and personal taxation advice including the preparation of tax returns
Investment bonds are a way to save for the future and can be used as an alternative tool in estate planning. Investment bonds have unique benefits including tax-free death benefit payments for beneficiaries and increased protection against estate challenges
What is estate administration?
The process of collecting and dealing with a person's assets after their death in an effective and timely manner, and in accordance with their wishes, is known as estate administration. The executor or next of kin is usually responsible for administering a person’s estate, and is how their assets can be passed on to their loved ones or beneficiaries as laid out in their will.
What services does Australian Unity Trustees provide in estate administration?
Australian Unity Trustees can act as your executor to administer your estate in line with your wishes in your will. We can also act as the executor of someone else's estate if you are named as the executor but wish to renounce your role. If someone has died without a will, Australian Unity Trustees can be authorised to act as the administrator of these estates.
How much does estate administration with Australian Unity Trustees cost?
You can view Australian Unity Trustee’s here, which outlines a fee structure based on the value of the estate’s assets. Fees will be paid out of the estate.
What is an executor, and what are their responsibilities?
An executor is a person appointed by the deceased in their will to manage their estate and distribute assets to beneficiaries. The executor's responsibilities include paying debts and taxes, locating and managing assets, and distributing assets to beneficiaries according to the terms of the will.
What are the benefits of appointing a professional executor?
Appointing a professional executor can ensure that the estate is administered effectively and in a timely manner. Professional executors understand the legal responsibilities involved and will act independently and impartially. Additionally, the estate administration process can be lengthy, complex, and demanding, and a professional executor can alleviate the burden on family members or friends.
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