Maximising Control in the Succession Plan: One Day Online Masterclass

Masterclass,Wills and Succession Law,Maximising Control in the Succession Plan: One Day Online Masterclass
Wednesday 28 April 2021

9am to 4.35pm AEST

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This masterclass is bookable as a whole day or you may book to attend just the morning or afternoon.

Morning: Controlling Assets From Beyond the Grave

For some clients, succession planning is a prime opportunity to continue to control or exert an influence over their assets, even after death. However, ruling from the grave poses significant challenges, and careful planning is required. The morning sessions examine the key issues, including the effective use of trust deeds and family constitutions, the use of mutual wills, and navigating post-death superannuation distributions.

  • Trust Deeds and Family Constitutions
    • Families with considerable wealth are increasingly using family trusts and family constitutions to hold and distribute their assets, thus reducing the need to rely on wills as the sole mechanism for estate distribution. This session will look at the essential elements of trust deeds and family constitutions and how to bullet proof them to withstand changes in family circumstances arising from the death of key family members.
  • Till Death Us Do Part: How Effective Are Mutual Wills?
    • Mutual wills can be a useful estate planning tool, but should not be entered into lightly. This session will take a deep dive into the characteristics and requirements applicable to mutual wills, including cases that provide a warning of what a tricky area this is for practitioners.
  • A Super-Size Complexity: Post Death Superannuation Distributions
    • Personal superannuation assets are increasingly becoming more valuable and, in some instances, may exceed the value of assets forming part of the estate. There is often confusion about what happens to superannuation when the fund member dies, and this session will provide a guide to management of this non-estate asset.

Afternoon: Drafting Strategies for Maximum Control in the Succession Plan

When it comes to effective succession planning, control and certainty is key. This practical half day examines how to best maximise control in the succession plan, with a focus on drafting strategies. It examines will provisions for gifts and loans, drafting specific powers and limitations in an enduring power of attorney, and how to draft effective testamentary trusts.

  • Forever in Your Debt: Will Provisions for Post-Death Financial Management
    • Older people are dying with a more complicated financial position than ever before, often as a result of increasing costs of living for themselves and their children. This session will provide advice on will drafting to take into account loans and debts.
  • Drafting Specific Powers and Limitations in an Enduring Power of Attorney
    • Appointing an attorney to act on behalf of a person can safeguard that person’s interests and those of their family. The dilemma in drafting an enduring power of attorney is the nature and extent of the powers to be given to the attorney, particularly as these cannot be changed once the donor becomes incapacitated. This session will explore some of the drafting options.
  • Drafting Effective Testamentary Trusts
    • There are numerous benefits for both the testator and beneficiaries in the creation of a testamentary trust for the holding and distribution of estate assets and income after death. The establishment and ongoing arrangements for a trust need to be set up in the will and requires care in drafting to avoid problems down track. This session details the essential provisions of a testamentary trust arrangement.

Marie Brownell, National Manager Estate Planning, Equity Trustees, Sydney (morning chair)

Matthew Burgess, Director, View Legal, Brisbane

Michael Willmott SC, 13th Floor St James Hall, Sydney

Katelin Whitley, Principal, Bestic Law, Sydney

Adeline Schiralli, Consulting Principal, Kepoint Law, Sydney (afternoon chair)

Daniela Pavlovic, Principal Lawyer, Harwood Andrews, Melbourne

Simon Robinson, Senior Associate, McCullough Robinson, Sydney

Paul Evans, Partner, Makinson dÁpice Lawyers, Sydney


Lawyers will earn 6 CPD units (substantive law).

All delegates who attend the masterclass will receive a CPD Certificate.


All delegates will receive video recordings of all sessions following the live event.


If you would like to send 3 or more people from your company to this masterclass the following discounts apply:

  • 3 registrations – 5% discount off each registration
  • 4 registrations – 10% discount off each registration
  • 5 or more registrations – 15% discount off each registration

To access this discount simply use the multiple registration option on our website. You can complete all of the registrations in one action and the discount will automatically be applied.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Event Coordinator, Hayley Williams-Cameron on (03) 8601 7730 or email: [email protected]


If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Event Coordinator, Hayley Williams-Cameron on (03) 8601 7730 or email: [email protected]

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Product Code: SXMAPR21
 Price:   $990.00 (Inclusive of GST)