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Estate planning for your business

It’s not uncommon for business owners to take short, irregular holidays because they don’t have the support to keep their business running without them for a longer break. Aside from taking time off for leisure, have you considered what would happen if you were forced to take six months off work due to a serious illness or injury?

Would the business survive and how would the bills be paid? Or if you were to die, can you be sure that your business partners would give your family a fair deal?

For these reasons, it’s important for all business owners to put in place a properly prepared succession plan. It’s just like a Will for the business, but there is often a wider range of scenarios and considerations involved.

As with a personal Will, what should be included in a good business succession plan can vary from one situation to the next. Here are some key areas that should always be considered:

  • Business structure – in the event of death or retirement, the ownership and control of the business may need to be transferred to the owner’s family or to the surviving business partners. How easily this would occur will often depend on how the business operates, such as through a trust, or a company, or without a separate entity at all.
  • Succession agreements – if something happened to one of the business partners, would that partner’s spouse or children be capable of taking over the control of that share of the business? If the answer is no, then a succession agreement can assist the remaining business partners to carry on operating the business whilst allowing for adequate compensation for the former partner’s family.
  • Managing risk – just like personal insurance, business insurance can provide a variety of types of protection such as temporarily meeting the normal costs of running the business (business expenses cover) or paying for a short-term replacement manager (e.g. trauma or disability cover). A life insurance policy linked to the succession agreement that provides the deceased partner’s family with suitable compensation for the transfer of business ownership to the surviving partners can also be a good idea.
  • Powers of Attorney – many small businesses can’t do much without the authority of the key decision-maker, so a Power of Attorney is integral to the succession planning process. It helps the business to physically operate if the owner is incapacitated through illness or injury.

There is a range of professionals who may need to be involved in setting up a succession plan, including your financial adviser, lawyer, and accountant. Even if you already have a plan in place, make sure you regularly review the agreements and your insurance policies to keep them up to date and reflecting the current value of the business.

Like a Will, don’t leave this to when it’s too late.

Need advice? Contact Macarthur Wealth Management for expert financial advice in Parramatta and Sydney wide on (02) 9683 2869. www.macarthurwealth.com.au

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A great way to help your kids – and you

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We are always hearing about how important it is to insure our own lives and income, but what about insuring our children’s.

How would your adult child and their family survive financially in the unfortunate event of an accident or an illness that prevented them earning an income for an extended period of time?

Income protection, TPD and trauma insurance are often not a consideration to a young family in today’s financial climate with many struggling with mortgage repayments, education spending and increased living costs.

But what would be your role if your child and their family were suddenly without an income? Without adequate insurance how would they cope?

What if you had helped your child to buy his or her first home and that child suffered a long term-illness or disability? How would that affect you if they couldn’t make the repayments?

Here’s a scenario…

Alan and Joanne’s married son Tim was involved in a car accident, sustaining a spinal injury that prevented him from working for two years. Unfortunately, Tim did not have income protection or accident insurance.

The bank foreclosed on his mortgage and Tim and his young family were forced to move in with Alan and Joanne. Eventually, Tim recovered and was able to return to work.

Aside from the emotional impact on Tim and his family, Alan and Joanne’s retirement plans were seriously compromised. Joanne’s health deteriorated due to the extra stress of the situation, and she was diagnosed with severe depression.

What could Alan and Joanne have done differently?

They could have asked Tim if his income was protected in the case of an unforeseen illness or injury, Learning that the young couple was allocating all spare cash to the mortgage, the parents might have offered to help pay for adequate insurance cover.

Even if you are not in a position to contribute to the cost of their insurance, raising the issue with your adult children and encouraging them to talk to a financial professional could be some of the best guidance you could ever give them.

Need help? Contact Macarthur Wealth Management for expert financial advice in Parramatta and Sydney wide. (02) 9683 2869. www.macarthurwealth.com.au

General Advice Warning

The information provided on this website is general in nature only and does not constitute personal financial advice. The information has been prepared without taking into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on any information on this website you should consider the appropriateness of the information having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. Before making any decision, it is important for you to consider these matters and to seek appropriate legal, tax, and other professional advice.

Disclaimer

All statements made on this website are made in good faith and we believe they are accurate and reliable. Macarthur Wealth Management does not give any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of information that is contained in this website, except in so far as any liability under statute cannot be excluded. Macarthur Wealth Management, its directors, employees and their representatives do not accept any liability for any error or omission on this website or for any resulting loss or damage suffered by the recipient or any other person. Unless otherwise specified, copyright of information provided on this website is owned by Macarthur Wealth Management. You may not alter or modify this information in any way, including the removal of this copyright notice.

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