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A matter of trusts: Asset protection and trusts


Over the past year this column has highlighted taxation issues concerning trusts and in particular discretionary trusts. Yet taxation advantages are not the only reason why trusts continue to be used in conducting businesses and holding investment assets. Trusts also have advantages over alternative structures in relation to succession planning and the protection of a family's assets. It is the asset protection advantage that is the focus of this article.

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Daniel Smedley CTA
Danielis a Principal of Sladen Legal. He is a Chartered Tax Advisor with The Tax Institute, accredited as a specialist in Taxation Law with the Law Institute of Victoria, and the principal author of the Trust Structures Guide, recognised by The Tax Institute as “the leading resource for anyone advising on trusts, structuring and planning issues”. From 2016 to 2019, Daniel has been named in the list of Australia’s “Best Lawyers of the Year” in the practice of tax law in the list compiled by United States peer-review company Best Lawyers. Daniel has also been recognised in Doyles Guide as a recommended tax lawyer since 2016. Daniel is a regular presenter at industry conferences and workshops. Daniel primarily advises businesses and high net worth individuals in relation to business and investment structuring, trusts, succession planning and taxation law. - Current at 04 September 2019
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