Tech Files: Help or hindrance? Ensuring the trust deed supports your clients’ super dream

Thinking that a Trust Deed will serve a particular purpose or assist in reaching a client’s particular superannuation goal without taking the right steps is madness. The idea of a ‘set and forget’ Deed is outdated.
It is important to ensure that you are familiar with the particular Deed for each specific client. Only then can you know whether the Deed is ‘fit for purpose’ or if it can perform in the way you need it to. Initially, you need to take a look at some general aspects of each SMSF’s Deed:

  • Is it (correctly) signed?
  • Is it dated?
  • Do you have a complete version or are pages missing?
  • Do you have the original or only a scanned copy?
  • Can you amend it if you need to?
  • Is the full name of the SMSF clear and is this the name you’ve been using on documents?
  • Has the establishment Deed been amended? Do you have the amendment Deed?
  • Has the Trustee of the Fund been changed? Do you have the change of trustee Deed?
  • If there are subsequent Deeds or other important documents is the Fund name consistently used?
  • Is the Trust Deed available or has it been lost?

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