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It’s important to consult with a legal professional when considering establishing a family trust. Contact us today for a no obligation initial 15 minute consultation with one of our family trust lawyers in Adelaide.

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    “Randle & Taylor and Nick McCabe have been my solicitors for over 20 years. As a conveyancer of some 38 years and sole practitioner I work with many lawyers. Randle &Taylor have always provided me with good advice and strong representation when required still caring for me as an individual and additionally to clients I have referred for assistance. I would trust Randle & Taylor in all matters to look after me and my family and I highly recommend them and their services.”

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    “As a Chartered Accountant and Liquidator I have engaged the services of Randle & Taylor on many different types of commercial and personal matters for over thirty years. I found them to be always knowledgeable, competent and professional. They will take the time to explain complex matters to you and resolve complex matter efficiently. I have also used the services of John Taylor as a mediator. He is a very skilful mediator whose unique set of skills have resulted in successful outcomes for both parties. I would strongly recommend Randle & Taylor for any business or personal matter.”

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    “Randle & Taylor have acted for me for a number of years. I have always found them to be professional and knowledgeable and they have provided me with legal advice which is commercial and in my best interest. I have always found their staff to be friendly and will continue to engage their services in the future.”

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    Our office is conveniently located in the heart of Adelaide: 204-206 Carrington St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000 (view in Google Maps).

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    Manage and Protect Your Family Assets

    Randle & Taylor Barristers and Solicitors are a leading family law firm based in Adelaide. We have proudly served South Australia since 1970. We pride ourselves on our compassionate and practical approach to providing sound family law advice. Some of the family trust legal services we offer include:

    • Setting up of a Family Trust
    • Advice in relation to Family Trust Disputes.

    We provide practical legal advice from people who care. Contact us today for a no obligation initial 15 minute consultation with one of our family trust legal experts.

    Proudly serving South Australia since 1970

    Benefits of a Family Trust

    Many people may think that family trusts are only for wealthy families. However, most individuals can use trusts and benefit from the protection they offer.  

    Assets such as cash, real estate, and stocks can be protected in a family trust and may provide tax advantages. Your family business can also be transferred into a trust which can provide a variety of different benefits.

    Our family trust legal services can benefit you by:

    • Advising in relation to asset protection and income distribution.
    • For investment purposes, for example to purchase real estate, a share portfolio or a business (with the assistance of your accountant).

    Why Choose Us?

    Randle & Taylor’s expertise and experience allows us to offer you the following:

    Family Trust FAQs

    A family trust, also known as a discretionary trust, is a legal arrangement used to hold a family’s assets or to conduct family business. The assets or property are managed by a trustee, for the benefit of the beneficiaries (the owners of the trust assets). The beneficiary or beneficiaries receive the trust’s annual net income and capital gains.

    This structure offers flexibility in the distribution of income and capital among the beneficiaries, making it a popular choice for wealth management, asset protection, and tax planning with the assistance of your accountant.

    It’s important to note that a family trust does not exist as a separate legal entity. Rather, it constitutes an agreement involving two or more individuals, typically connected through family ties or marriage.

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    Anyone can set up a family trust provided they have the legal capacity to enter into a contract but you should seek the assistance of Randle & Taylor to ensure that your trust is set up in accordance with the law and meets your objectives.

    There are several steps involved in setting up a family trust in Australia. In general, the steps to setting up a family trust include:

    1. Set your objectives – do you want asset protection, estate planning, tax efficiency, or something else?
    2. Select your trustee(s) – the trustee can be one or more individuals (e.g. family members) or a corporate entity.
    3. Choose your beneficiaries – the people that will benefit from the trust, money, or property.
    4. Draft a discretionary trust deed – this becomes a binding legal document.
    5. Settle the family trust – settlement is the necessary legal process to establish your trust.
    6. Trustee signs the deed – this may need to be done in a formal setting.
    7. Pay stamp duty – the costs of stamping your discretionary trust, and is a one-time tax paid on the establishment (settlement) of the trust.
    8. Apply for ABN and TFN.
    9. Open a separate bank account.

    However, some things may be complex and you want to ensure the trust set up is legally sound. It’s important to seek guidance and counsel from experienced family lawyers in Adelaide – and that’s exactly what we offer.

    In Australia, practically anyone can establish a family trust, provided they have the legal capacity to enter into a contract.

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    The cost to set up a family trust in Australia can vary widely depending on several factors, including the complexity of the trust structure, the professional fees charged by legal and financial advisors, and any state-specific costs such as stamp duty.

    Cost considerations include:

    • Legal fees for drafting a trust deed
    • Financial, legal and/or accounting advice
    • Stamp duty, which varies by state and territory
    • ASIC registration fees, should you appoint a corporate trustee
    • Ongoing accounting and tax service fees.

    The disadvantages of a family trust can include set up costs, the ongoing accounting fees  and tax reporting obligations and fees. 

    There are costs involved in creating a trust fund as well as ongoing accounting fees. 

    There are tax obligations that trustees must manage to ensure compliance with tax laws. These include lodging financial statements,  an annual tax return, and taxation on income paid to beneficiaries. 

    Another disadvantage is personal liability for any debts the trust incurs. However, this risk can be managed by including an indemnity clause in the trust deed and appointing a corporate entity as the trustee instead of an individual.

    The trustee is responsible and liable for the operation of the Family Trust.   A trustee can be an individual(s) or a company which is specifically registered to act solely as trustee of the trust.  

    When it comes to setting up a family trust, it is recommended to have a lawyer set up a family trust to ensure it is legally sound. 

    While both lawyers and accountants are involved in setting up trusts, with lawyers drafting the legal documents and advising on compliance, and accountants handling tax implications and financial planning, it’s however always recommended to seek legal advice to protect your interests and reduce the likelihood of disputes or legal issues.

    Contact us today for a no obligation initial 15 minute consultation with one of our family trust lawyers.

    Randle & Taylor Barristers & Solicitors provide legal advice in a variety of areas including family law, sales of business, building and construction law, drafting agreements, wills and estatesdebt collectionproperty law, residential leases and commercial litigation.

    Our fees are competitive with other firms in South Australia

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    Contact us today for a no obligation initial 15 minute consultation with one of our family trust lawyers.