Recorded Webinar: Super Death Benefits and Blended Families: Bullet Proofing Your Death Benefit Nominations


12th June 2018

Duration:  approximately 1.5 hours

Death benefit nominations can be an effective way of ensuring your super is distributed in accordance with your intentions. This is especially the case if you have multiple beneficiaries (such as from previous marriages) who may have a claim on your death benefit.  However, when should you use a BDBN or non-lapsing nomination, and how can you make them bullet-proof? When might they be inappropriate? This session covers:

  • Drafting of BDBNs – cascading clauses and tips to achieve certainty – what will industry funds allow you to do with cascading nominations?
  • Common reasons why BDBNs fail
  • The power of the fund trustee to distribute death benefits in the absence of binding nominations
  • Position of the trustee if there is a dispute over the validity of the BDBN
  • Reversionary pension as an alternative to the BDBN:
    • what happens upon the death of the recipient of the pension if it is a second spouse?
    • can you protect the children from the first marriage? 
    • does the capital form part of the second spouse’s estate?
  • Recourse against the trustee
  • What is a non-lapsing nomination and when are they available? Do they really work?
  • What are the risks of relying on a non-lapsing nomination? Does the trustee have any discretion?
Our presenter

Graeme Colley, Executive Manager, SMSF Technical & Private Wealth, SuperConcepts, Sydney

Graeme Colley is the Executive Manager, Technical and High Wealth at Super Concepts where is responsible for its private client program, technical support and education programs.  As a well-known figure in the SMSF community with a long-standing reputation as an accomplished SMSF educator, technical expert and advocate for the sector.

Graeme has been involved in many of the changes that have taken place to the government’s superannuation policy during his career. This has included formulating and developing legislation as well as providing high level technical advice. Prior to Super Concepts, Graeme’s previous responsibilities have included Head of Technical and Professional Standards at the SMSF Association and National Technical Manager for OnePath Australia.  At OnePath he was involved in providing technical advice on superannuation, social security and aged care to its adviser network.  His previous responsibilities have involved the co-ordination of superannuation litigation within the ATO.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers and accountants throughout Australia who advise in estate planning matters. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.

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Product Code: WBEJUN18
 Price:  $253.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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