If you are a director of an Australian company, then you need to know that you have responsibilities relating to that company, which can include:
- Personal liability of directors for unpaid company taxes;
- Personal liability of directors for unpaid company superannuation;
- Personal liability of directors for unpaid staff entitlements, including long service leave;
- Personal liability of directors for workplace health and safety breaches;
- Personal liability under the Corporations Act when a company fails, including:
- Insolvent trading;
- Anti-phoenixing provisions; and
- Breach of directors duties;
- Exposure under personal guarantees, including risks to the family home under charging clauses;
- Personal guarantees provided for building companies; and
- Director/shareholder loan accounts.
These duties, liabilities, responsibilities and obligations don’t just vanish when you die. Your deceased estate may become embroiled in debt and litigation. Even if you have in place appropriate insurances, this does not guarantee immunity to you or your estate.
Some people use companies to act as trustees for their family trust. This can work well when properly setup, understood and used. However the succession plan for BOTH the trust AND its corporate trustee needs to be managed carefully. This is not a task for amateurs. Take advice from a lawyer who specialises in estate planning.
Contact the oldest law firm on South Australia – Genders and Partners, established 1848 – to learn more about retirement planning, asset-protection, superannuation, estate-planning and estate-administration solutions, by visiting our website today and schedule a free no obligation telephone consultation to find out how we can help you and yours.
Remember – any mistakes you make in your Will won’t become apparent until after you’re dead, and it’s too late for you to fix them. Get proper advice, and do it right.
It is also vitally important that you keep your Will and estate plan up to date – it is not a set-and-forget exercise.
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