Estate Planning

The last thing to worry about

Christine Long Those with terminal illness can now get their super more easily. But there are other issues which need to be faced.

WILL POWER

Where there's a will there's a way out

Barbara Drury A recent report on will-making and contested estates reveals that about three quarters of contested estates are done so successfully.

WILL POWER

Make your last wishes everlasting

Make sure your will doesn't go to waste.

Barbara Drury If you want your wishes respected after your death, you need a cast-iron will, but how do you make one?

LOVE AND MONEY

Financial fix for wedded bliss

Newlyweds Kate and Josh Williams.

Kate Jones Money differences are responsible for more break-ups than cheating, especially in the first year of a marriage. So what are the financial hurdles - and how do you clear them?

BOURIS ON MONEY

Don't let finances ruin your marriage – get it right early

Mark Bouris Agreeing on values and plans, paying off debt and communicating can help couples avoid financial stress.

LEGAL EAGLE

No win, no fee – no way?

Clients should make sure they fully understand how a contingent-costs agreement works before signing the dotted line.

David Jay  A lawyer explains what the well-known – and increasingly advertised – pledge really means

The remarkable life and lessons of the millionaire janitor

Money

Barry Ritholtz Ronald Read was always careful with his money. When the former janitor died at the age of 92, his family was shocked to learn his estate was worth millions. This is how he amassed that fortune.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Where could investment property profit find a home?

A well planned strategy can maximise your benefits in retirement from the sale of an investment property.

George Cochrane We're selling up and want to know the best plan for salting away the proceeds.

WELL-HEELED

Always follow the care instructions

Melissa Browne Money columinst

Melissa Browne Major purchases such as property need to be looked after properly.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Try not to squander your inheritance

Plan carefully before spending that inheritance.

Alex Berlee Just been left something in a will? Here's what to do next.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Trust me - this is how the rich get richer

Make the money go round with a family trust.

Olivia Maragna By minimising your tax, you can create wealth quicker in a family trust.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Splitting up? Act now to avoid surprises later on

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Alex Berlee Divorce is an emotional time but also one when important financial decisions have to be made.

LAST REQUEST

Will wills still work as paper trail fades?

Web life: With people spending so much of their time online, it is worth considering what should happen to your digital assets and accounts after you die.

Emily Chantiri Most of us manage our personal finances online. It's very convenient for us, but how easy will it be for our executors?

TIP OF THE WEEK

Don't leave your estate in a state

Don't be caught without a will.

Michael Hutton Getting your life in order before it's too late has its benefits.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

FOFA tinkering in best interest of ordinary investors

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Richard Livingston Don't believe the fear mongering – the proposed changes to financial advice laws could save you thousands.

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TRUSTS

Providing a bit of extra help

Jess Mangan and sisters

Kate Jones Every parent worries about their child's financial future. But what if your child is disabled and incapable of managing their finances?

PLANNING

Five questions to ask a financial planner

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris People know they should see a financial adviser but often don’t know where to start.

ASK NOEL

Tricky tax deduction claim is best left to the accountant

Noel Whittaker How do I deduct the interest on my mortgage when filling in my tax return for the redrawn amounts used to invest in shares?

EARNING AND LEARNING

Brushing up on your financial skills

PALMER FAIRFAXMEDIA PHOTOGRAPH BY GLENN HUNT 26th June 2014.
MONEY - Hal Palmer at his house in Chelmer, Qld.

Sylvia Pennington Understanding your financial situation, and improving it, requires some education and effort.

FINANCIAL RECOVERY

Women who leave with nothing

Moving out and up: It is difficult escaping abuse and it carries financial implications.

Sylvia Pennington Getting away from abusive situations is hard, getting back on your feet financially can be harder still.