Strategic advice on trust arrangements

Having access to the best quality advice on trust arrangements from a commercial lawyer can give your business a competitive advantage.

It can also help you to achieve your financial goals sooner.

In this complex area of the law, our lawyers specialising in trusts provide straightforward, commercial advice that takes into account each client’s unique circumstances and is tailored to their particular needs.

Estate planning and asset protection

Trusts are a vital tool to assist with estate planning and asset protection. Our team of Brisbane based lawyers are experienced in assessing our clients’ needs and setting up structures to suit their objectives.

One of the main reasons we set up trusts is to allow for tax effective estate planning. Other common reasons are to provide ongoing support for a beneficiary under your Will or to benefit a charity.

As specialists in the area of trust law, we can help you:

  • identify the type of trust that would best suit your circumstances
  • prepare documentation and agreements
  • provide tax advice
  • assist with training for members of your team.

There are several different kinds of trusts available and often it is a question of aligning your objectives with the right one.

Our experienced team of commercial lawyers specialising in trust, legal and taxation matters can identify the type of trust that will best suit your objectives and your unique circumstances.

Service trust arrangements

Service trust arrangements need to be carefully reviewed to ensure compliance with ATO guidelines. Most often, a service trust is used to hold certain assets, which are provided to a separate operating entity for a fee.

The first of two main reasons for establishing a service trust is income splitting — this is because the stakeholders in the service trust being paid for the services can be different from the stakeholders in the entity receiving the services.

The second is asset protection — service trust arrangements allow assets to be efficiently quarantined outside a business entity, thereby safeguarding those assets from litigation or other liability claims against that business entity.

In the area of service trusts, we can help you:

  • prepare documents
  • review existing arrangements
  • review basis of calculating changes
  • assess restructuring options.

For legal advice on trusts, contact Cooper Grace Ward on (07) 3231 2444.

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