Securing the Next Generation’s Financial Future
Building wealth and giving yourself and your family the best life imaginable, with endless possibilities and options. For many, this dream is what gives life purpose, and acts as the primary motivator to work hard and make smart financial moves – so the next generation and the ones that follow can reap the benefits.
Even if you’ve amassed significant wealth and are living comfortably right now, it is natural to worry about the next generation and wonder if there is anything more you could be doing to set them up for success. The overall picture of one’s financial situation is made up of many parts – one article certainly couldn’t cover all of the bases but here we’ll have a look at a handful of considerations that can be made to set the next generation up for financial security and prosperity.
Tax & Estate Planning for the Next Generation
Nobody in their right mind wants to pay more tax than they need to. Perhaps Kerry Packer said it best: “…if anybody in this country doesn’t minimise their tax, they want their heads read…”. The complex nature of Australia’s tax legislation framework means that for those not working professionally within the tax industry itself, it can be exceedingly difficult to ensure that you and your family are legally maximising deductions and minimising tax liabilities. Even beyond income tax, an important situation to consider when it comes to the next generation is the tax treatment of things like capital gains, inheritances, the transfer of shares in a business, and a whole host of other assets that may change hands when you pass away.
While Australia doesn’t have an “inheritance tax” as such, the disposal of assets from an estate and/or superannuation can trigger Capital Gains Tax and other tax events which may leave beneficiaries with much less than you think. In a time of grief and loss upon your passing, the last thing your family needs to be worrying about is money, so measures should be put in place well in advance. Estate Planning and effective Tax Planning caters to your family’s unique circumstances in order to safeguard what you’ve worked so hard to build, working within the existing tax framework. After all – the aim is to look after your family, not line the tax man’s pockets!
Financial Advice for the Next Generation
Establishing and maintaining an ongoing advice relationship with a trusted adviser is an ideal way to ensure your wealth is looked after – now and into the future – as well as giving yourself the best chance the experience everything you dream of. Your trusted adviser takes care of your money management, investments, insurance (more on that later) and a whole host of other important financial matters; and acts as an important sounding board to discuss options. When it’s your time to move on, it is critical that the next generation of your family receives the same level of sound advice and benefits from the relationship you’ve established. Not only will an adviser put in place measures to increase your current wealth, a good adviser will have your kids and grandkids in mind as well.
For some, a Family Office solution may be beneficial, especially where significant inter-generational wealth is at play. The bottom line is, the importance of a strong advice relationship built on trust cannot be understated when it comes to safeguarding wealth for the next generation.
Insurance for the Next Generation
Another function of a good advice relationship is the implementation of appropriate insurance protection. The right protection takes into account the unique needs of you and your family, and proactively considers their likely future needs. There are plenty of horror stories out there about the perils of underinsurance, particularly where someone has suddenly passed away in a tragic accident and not had an appropriate life insurance policy in place; or where someone is unable to work due to sickness or injury and cannot fund the essentials. Some life insurance policies catch people out in the fine print, where clauses and exceptions might prevent families from receiving much of a payout (or any at all).
Much like the preventative methods of tax planning, ensuring your wealth is adequately protected is so important. The first step to peace of mind in this regard is engaging with your financial adviser so they can conduct an insurance review. They will perform a detailed assessment of the policies you have in place (whether they be within superannuation funds, or standalone policies); consider your present circumstances, family status and future plans; and then provide recommendations on what needs updating to fill any gaps. Where changes do need to be made, a financial adviser can coordinate the implementation of insurance policies and regularly review them against your changing circumstances so you, your family, and the next generation won’t be caught short. For more on the importance of reviewing your insurance policies, check out our previous article on that topic right here.
At the end of the day, getting your finances in order and taking care of the next generation is all about peace of mind – assured they’ll be looked after when you’re gone and live the life they dream of for themselves and their family. By engaging with an accredited financial adviser, like those in the Wealth team at McKinley Plowman, that peace of mind can be achievable for you too. We specialise in holistic, integrated financial advice, including investment review, estate planning, insurance, family office management, and much more.
If you’re ready to safeguard your next generation’s financial future, get in touch with us today via our website, or call us on 08 9301 2200 (Joondalup) or 08 9361 3300 (Victoria Park).
Please note the information provided within this article is general of nature and is not a personal advice recommendation. Prior to considering strategies discussed in this article we recommend you seek personal financial advice. Please be aware that, without the benefit of financial advice, you may be committing yourself to financial strategies or products that are not appropriate for your overall personal situation, needs and objectives.
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