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Recorded Online Conferences

Managing Tax and Super Issues in the Estate – a recorded lunchtime online conference

Hear from the experts at this online lunchtime conference. You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device from anywhere.


About the Recorded Online Conference

Hear from the experts at this online lunchtime conference. You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device from anywhere.

The conference will be based on our highly successful video webinar technology: there'll be a chairperson and presentations.

One registration can be shared by colleagues within the same firm utilising the same login.


Session 1: Nothing is Certain Except Death and Taxes: Tax issues in Estate Administration

While death duties in Australia are long gone, tax remains an important part of managing a deceased estate. This session provides guidance on what administrators need to be aware of in the estate management process from a very early stage onwards, including:

  • ATO Ruling 2622 – the three stages of deceased estate administration for tax purposes
  • Responsibilities and liabilities of the legal personal representative
  • Who should notifications be made to after death?
  • Documents at the ready – what do you need?
  • Outstanding tax returns of the deceased prior to death – when do they need to be lodged?
  • Tax liabilities of the estate
  • Tax liabilities of non-estate assets
  • When does income stop being estate income and become beneficiary income?
  • Preparing a timeline for responsibility and action

Session 2: A Super-Size Complexity: Post Death Superannuation Distribution

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, including:

  • What happens to the fund on the death of the member? The role of the trustee in decision-making
  • Binding and non-binding death benefit nominations (BDBNs) – what difference do they make to fund distribution?
  • What are the consequences of an invalid BDBN and can a BDBN be overruled?
  • In the absence of a BDBN, who can receive the super fund assets? Eligible superannuation beneficiaries
  • Spotlight on step-children: when is the dependency relationship severed?
  • Can superannuation be considered in family provision claims?

Session 3: A New Era for Trustee Discretionary Distributions?

  • The nature of a trustee relationship
  • Duties and responsibilities of trustees
  • Trustee exercise of discretion in SMSF following member death: Katz v Grossman [2005] NSWSC 934; Ioppolo Hesford v Conti [2013] WASC 389
  • Importing a good faith test: Re Marsella; Marsella v Wareham (No 2) [2019] VSC 65 and the Court of Appeal’s decision in Wareham v Marsella [2020] VSCA 92
  • Is having a binding death nomination enough to avoid a dispute? Wooster v Morris [2013] VSC 594
  • What actions can be taken to claw back discretionary distributions? McIntosh v McIntosh [2014] QSC 99; Brine v Carter [2015] SASC 205; Estate of Burgess; Burgess v Burgess [2018] WASC 279; Gonciarz v Bienias [2019] WASC 104.
  • Dealing with superannuation death benefits and beneficiaries’ entitlements in a dispute setting

The Faculty

Carolyn Sparke QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne. Warwick Gilbertson, Partner, Turnbull Hill Lawyers, Sydney Jennifer Dixon, Practice Leader, SMSF Specialist Advisor, Moores, Melbourne Nathan Yii, Director, Nathan Yii Lawyers, Melbourne

CPD Information

CERTIFICATE Lawyers can claim up to 2.5 CPD units/points (substantive law).


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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